A Brief History of Turkish Rugs

woven turkish rugTurkish rugs are arguably some of the most popular handicrafts in the world. And it's not hard to see why—their diverse, colorful designs are eye-catching and absolutely beautiful. While they've found a place as decorations in households around the globe, their origins can be traced back to as far as the 4th century BC! However, we don't know much about the rugs that are that ancient; our earliest knowledge dates back to about the 12th century, from which rugs found in Turkish mosques have survived. Back then, Turkish nomads, shepherds, and others would frequently drape rugs on walls or spread them out on floors to protect themselves from the harsh temperatures they commonly faced. 

The rugs are almost as integral to the Turkish identity as the weaving of the rugs. Carpet and rug weaving has survived all these years and remains an important part of the Turkish culture and economy, specifically among women, who traditionally take on roles as carpet weavers. 

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