OUR CARPET
The reason why we were awarded with the " Magnificient Carpet Award of America " two consecutive years has been one of the most interesting innovations of our times.Turkish carpets have had a track record for over two thousand years not only as the oldest knotted carpets made but also as the finest by far.Turkish and World carpet museums,mosques,churches and private collections are full of such examples.

As an example,the triple Ushak Medallion which became world famous by the sixteenth century was reproduced by our experts not only as a copy of the design ,natural dyes and size like the one in the Islamic Fine Arts Museum in Istanbul, but the method we used can be best explained by the word ‘’a perfect clone’’.

They will never allow the public to touch the originals in the museums,however our experts were able to examine them very closely and as a result when you touch and feel our cloned carpets you can feel the age and as well as the condition of a carpet with the correct usage after four hundred years.Unfortunately words are not sufficent to describe the quality of our cloned museum replicas,and one must touch and feel them to get the highest understanding and satisfaction.

Let us now take a look at a brief history of Turkish Carpet production:

Of the Oriental Carpets that are on display in the world museums some are single (Persian) knotted and are produced in countries like:Iran,India,China,Pakistan,Afganistan,Caucasia,Tunisia, and Egypt,while others are double (Turkish) knotted and are produced not only in Turkey but also wherever several nomadic Eurosian Turkic tribes live.

It might come to you as a surprise to find out that in some cases neighbouring tribes had used the same designs which was the common denominator of their geography.As an example I would like to bring to your attention to certain designs which were used by the Navajo Indians; were identical to the local Turkic tribes:such as the horn ,the cross and the tree of life designs is a Navajo tree of life while Picture number 12 is a Turkish tree of life from Kayseri).If you take a closer look at the State of Arizona map you can notice the city Tuba,Arizona.Tuba is a Turkish girls name and is commonly used in our times.The Tuba tree is another carpet design and most Mucur Turkish Carpets have this upside down tree design. A Stanford University Professor by the name of Richard M.Myers proved in 2008 that some Navajo DNA’s match with some of the Turkic tribes.We are collecting more data regarding this recent development and if you have further information we would be highly appreciative to share your information.

The advantage of a double knotted carpet is durability,which in time will make that carpet a collectable if used correctly.Therefore please visit our maintenance section in order to learn how to take care of your Turkish Carpet.On the other hand one needs more material and time to complete a double knotted carpet which will economically make that rug dearer and rarer. Rarity is of vital importance with Oriental Carpets and will cause an increase in value in time.Can one imagine another merchandise other than a handmade Oriental carpet which will bring an economic gain and pleasure the more you walk on them or display them like a painting on the wall? Can you walk on your paintings? But the walls of world museums and churches are full of such Turkish carpets.Also it is not unusualto find these Oriental countries using the abovementioned knotting tecniques interchangeably for economic reasons as they can complete single knotted carpets faster which explains the surplus of single knotted carpets in the world markets.One must realise that there is also a surplus of merchants around the globe who market handmade Oriental Carpets from those countries who use the single knotting technique. Last but not the least when the Ottoman State became history in 1923 and Turkish Republic was founded it caused a devastating impact on our economy,and decades were needed before our Turkish Carpets were properly displayed and marketed globally. So for all of these unavoidable reasons if you have heard very little about Turkish carpets it is now our duty to get you more familiar with our most prestigious and historical art form.

The story began some twenty three hundred years ago by the Altai mountains;along the borders of Mongolia ,China and Russia;( where a nomadic burial sight was discovered by the Russian archeologist Sergei Rudenko in 1947). Amongst the personal belongings of a nomadic man ,a carpet ;frozen but beautifuuly maintained was discovered as a saddle cover.It is now on display at the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St.Petersburg).This is probably one of the earliest carpets ever produced,however others in time may be discovered earlier than this example.

The next important stage in the world of Turkish Carpets goes back to 1221;where some eighteen Anatolian Seljuk carpets from the mosque and mauseleum of Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat were discovered in 1905 in Konya,Turkey,which are now on display at the Istanbul Fine Arts Museum.Within the premises of the same museum are some sixteenth and seventeenth century Ottoman Ushak carpets that are world famous. European painters of those centuries such as Lotto,Holbein and Bellini used several Turkish Carpets from Ushak and Bergama as an accessory to their paintings while Ushak prayer carpets of the same centuries’ are amongst some of those Black Church ;Brasov,Romania,wall hangings.

Nineteenth and twentieth centuries are another milestone by far with the worlds finest Hereke carpets in wool-on –cotton as well as pure coccoon silk ones which as of today are the finest handmade carpets in the world.Royal Ottoman palaces like Dolmabahce,Beylerbeyi are full of nineteenth century wool-on-cotton Hereke carpets.However the largest one of all is in the Yildiz Palace Sale Kiosk and measures 4369 square feet.

The twenty first century is shaping with the rebirth of this ancient art of the Turks with our museum replicas and cloned carpets. Replicating the original carpets that are on display in several museums can be done in two different categories:

If you simply copy the design and the colours ,a system that appeals to most producers,as it is easier and less expensive to produce,you then end up with a carpet that is available in several stores around the world.But if you prefer to have more than just a copy that is hardly available anywhere else other than the original one which feels,texturewise exactly like the one in the museum than you can be sure that piece is already a collectable even though it is brand new and will appreciate in time like no other oriental carpet can.This is especially important to those collectors of paintings who buy them not just for the beauty of a Rambrandt but also as an investment item. (Picture number 5 shows you why Turkish Carpets become collectables.)

In our globalised world where there is constant migration from smaller communities in which carpets used to be produced to major cities in order to have a higher standart of living with the hope of getting better education and more qualified jobs has caused a great shift in the skilled work force of weaving.Therefore suppliers of Oriental carpets find it challenging to produce new carpets at favourable prices so they had to make adjustments.

Even though with unemployment rates going up in almost every country around the world,the irony and the difficulty of finding nimble fingers is our number one challenge.

Therefore we at Istanbul Handicraft Center had to find new localities where Turks and Turkic peoples live and established our worldwide looms in those areas in order to make sure that the art which has been passed down to us from our ancestors as a national heritage will be passed onto the future generations.To explain ourselves better I would like to give you an example. Let us imagine a young Turkish girl living in Hereke,Turkey today decides to get married to a Turkish boy whose family had migrated to Berlin in Germany several decades ago.After the marriage ceremony is over the newly weds will travel to Berlin for a new life.Amongst her belongings she takes with her a half finished pure coccoon silk Hereke carpet that is still on the loom and finalises it in the next six months in Berlin.If one day she decides to sell it will the origin of the Turkish carpet;be Turkish or German?The answer will be Turkish because of the material,knotting technique and design .The place of execution is less important in our times because of the changing world order.Hereke is a world famous Turkish trademark in the world of Oriental Carpets so it has been imitated in different countries and will be sold with different price ranges as a result of different quality dyes,number of knots per square inch, knotting technique and the rarity of its design..

Therefore while shopping for a truly Turkish carpet you will need expert advice which will be provided for you in our premises without any obligation.Further we wish you many happy years of enjoyment with your new Turkish carpet which will be a major investment of your family for many generations to come.The present decor and colour scheme of your house may be an important starting point for you to choose the right carpet however it will surely outlast your house and whoever will inherit it for the next several centuries .Please do remember that the carpet you like will speak to your heart alone and will require you to buy it ,because it is quite like classical music with the handmade carpets once you like it you will always love it,and the one that you like is definitly the best carpet in the world as it will live with you for as long as you will live.