Exquisite Very Fine Turkish Hereke Silk Carpet – Signed

Rug #2354
Size: 320 x 196 cm / 10.5 x 6.4 ft
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Exquisite Very Fine Turkish Hereke Silk Carpet Allover design | Animals Silk on Silk foundation

The ivory field with four rows of pointed rectangular reserves enclosing a stepped central medallion flanked by oval medallions supported by polychrome palmettes linked by curvilinear vines issuing palmettes, flower heads and curled leaves overlaid with birds, animals, and cloud bands, within a tangerine border enclosing continuous bird adorned floral medallions alternating with star flower heads linked by curvilinear flowering vines, complementary blue floral guard borders, inscription cartouches to one end.

This magnificent Turkish Hereke silk carpet displays a design reminiscent of the ‘garden tile design’, a traditional design seen in both Turkish and Persian urban and tribal weavings. This pattern is defined by the presence of conjoined rectangular compartments formed in rows and invariably enclosing floral elements, and in this carpet includes exotic birds and animals. The pattern elements are drawn in a distinctive Turkish Hereke style which incorporates an orchestrated mix of rectilinear and curvilinear drawing. Such a mix enhances the overall appearance of the overall composition. The rectangular compartments are pointed top and bottom which is unusual. Remarkably the design is perfectly mirrored through the horizontal axis which creates a majestic formal design. This field pattern displays a traditional device known as ‘infinite repeat’ whereby the design on all four sides appears to continue beyond the confines of the border frame suggesting that the pattern continues for eternity. Such a device creates a sense of movement to the composition. All the pattern details are drawn in a distinctive Hereke style which shows finely drawn elements as if drawn in pen and ink which ensures the pattern details are well defined and easy to read. This magnificent carpet design is presented over multi layers which gives depth and movement to the visual appearance. The sense of movement and fluidity is enhanced by the varying orientations of the floral elements and birds. This complex design is brought to life by the consummate use of colour. The range and number of colours with related accent tones is exceptional and which have been juxtaposed in such a way as to ensure that this carpet is a masterpiece in woven Hereke art. The contrasting border colours magnificently frame the main field pattern, further enhancing the visual impact of the sophisticated, elegant harmonic design.

This is an exceptional example of Turkish Hereke weaving, clearly made by an accomplished highly experienced weaver, fully conversant with traditional styles of design resulting in a magnificent fine work of woven art, which is duly signed by the master weaver.


Exquisite Very Fine Turkish Hereke Silk Carpet. This piece was handwoven in Turkey. For further information please contact us and our team will be pleased to assist you. All pieces in the collection are under the auspices of Essie Sakhai, one of the world’s foremost experts and collectors of fine handmade Persian rugs and carpets.