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Rugs come from all over the world. The Middle East is well known for their Persian rugs while America is well known for the Native rugs. However, Europe is one continent that is never really thought of for rugs, until you look into the history of Turkish rugs.
This style dates back to 7000BC and is all due to the migration of tribes between Europe and Asia. Turkey actually sits on the Silk Road and there are still many styles that are still handmade today – although many are now done through industrial units.
The designs of the Turkish rugs are very bold and beautiful. Originally, goat hair was used because it was so durable and they made bedding and floor coverings, like rugs. However, as wool and silk were created and became better known, they were used for the rugs. Wool was the most popular due to the soft feeling and ability to dye a variety of colours. The soft material was also extremely strong.
Many of the rugs are in bold colours that can be found naturally since the dye was originally made through the use of plants. Yellows, browns, reds, blues and blacks are extremely popular in the traditional rugs from Turkey although other colours are now used today.
The patterns used on Turkish rugs are religious symbols and designs. When they were originally being made, it was a nomadic tradition to weave the symbols into the products and this grew as weaving became more well known around the country. Floral patterns and motifs that are geometrical are now also popular and they look extremely similar to Persian rug patterns. These patterns usually have a meaning behind them.
Turkish rugs will last a very long time, as long as you know how to look after them. It is important to ensure that they stay clean because the dirt can damage the fibres. The dirt can be removed by using a broom regularly. The rugs should never be washed in a machine, as it will seriously damage the fibres, even if you find one made out of the traditional goat hair. If you are going to wash a Turkish rug yourself, you should always do it gently and by hand.
These rugs can be expensive but you should know that you are paying for the high quality. These rugs can last you your whole life and more.