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Antique silk Turkish Kumpkapi Rug

From the end of the eighteen-century, Turkish weaving, with two exceptions, entered a decline from which it has never really recovered. The exceptions were the Hereke silk and the Kumkapi rugs. Hereke’s became very famous at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Most of the pieces were of European design with strong French influence. Some were wool, many in large room sizes; others were made in very fine knotting, with silk piles. Kumkapis were the successors of the Hereke’s from the beginning of the twentieth century when the production at Hereke almost ceased. Kumkapis were embossed, but not with pile in different heights. Here the rugs were partly of pile, which stood out strong relief against the background of gold or silver wraps and wefts without pile. The designs used were those of the great period of Persia; also there were intricate prayer rugs woven with verses from the Koran in the borders, carried out in intaglio with gold and silver wrap threads, which gave a subdued refulgence to the scared words.

Javier from Peru was sourced this beautiful Kumkapi from Imperial rugs website and purchased it without any hesitation. He wrote below once he received the rug:

Hello Saeed, I got the Turkish rug today, it is beautiful, and bigger than I was expecting. Thank you for everything. Javier


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