Hereke made of pure silk mit Goldfäden
60 cm x 43 cm
Hereke made of pure silk mit Goldfäden, rusty red with tree of life and signature
|Place of origin|
|Size||60 cm x 43 cm (= 0.26 qm)|
|Material||Flor: pure silk with gold threads|
Weft & Warp: pure silk
|Coloring||rusty red, olive green|
Place of origin
Very valuable silk rugs originate from the Turkish city of Hereke. The tradition was promoted by the art-loving Sultan Abd-ul-Medjid (reigned 1839 - 1861). In 1844, he had the court knotting workshops moved from Cairo back to Hereke. Hand-knotted Hereke silk rugs are among the finest rugs in the world and are knotted with a density of up to 6 million knots per square meter. Thanks to the knotting technique, the pattern is just as clearly visible on the back as on the front. Antique Turkish rugs fetch top prices in renowned art auction houses.
Typical motifs of the Hereke rugs include flowers, twigs and leaves, as well as birds, the tree of life and the so-called Mehrab or Mihrab pattern, a prayer niche depicted together with oil lamps. Besides traditional motifs and typical Ottoman or Turkish patterns, Hereke silk rugs are today knotted with more modern patterns to suit contemporary tastes. The characteristic colors of Hereke silk rugs are deep dark blue, bright red, vivid green, bright yellow and various natural tones in all nuances. The pattern of this noble Hereke is accentuated through the use of gold threads. The gold threads create a shimmering, glossy contrast and let the colors shine in warm nuances, depending on lighting. The fine gold threads are not only precious but also extremely difficult to work with and underline the craftsmanship of the knotters.
This Hereke is adorned with an impressive tree of life. The tree of life motif has been a popular motif in oriental rugs, pottery and other decorative objects for centuries. Since the symbol occurs in many different cultures around the world, its exact origin is unclear. According to the most popular opinion, it originates from ancient Mesopotamia. The characteristics of the tree have changed over the centuries. The importance attributed to the tree of life today is always a little different in different cultures and religions of the world. Almost all of them, however, attribute sacred characteristics to the Tree of Life.
In the world of yoga, it represents one of its outstanding spiritual symbols, rooting us in the ground and connecting us to the sky. The tree of life connects all forms of life with Mother Earth and the universe.
The background of this Hereke is olive green. The colors rusty red and olive green dominate the overall impression. The border features rusty red and gold. The rusty red center combines the colors beige and olive green.
The silk of the pile of this Hereke lets the colors of the pattern shine in different facets depending on lighting. It makes this Hereke a real highlight and creates a cozy, yet very elegant and high-quality atmosphere in the room. Silk is extracted from the cocoons of the silk moth by hand. Since individual silk threads are extremely long, they allow for the production of very thin yarns that are nevertheless tear-resistant at low tension. Smaller rug knots can be knotted with the thin yarn, which makes it possible to create finer patterns. Therefore, the finest rugs in the world are hand-knotted made of pure silk.
Furthermore, the pattern of this exquisite Hereke has been accented by the use of gold threads. The gold threads create a shimmering, shiny contrast. The fine gold threads are not only precious, but also extremely difficult to work with and demonstrate the skill of the weavers. In this Hereke even the background is made of pure silk. Due to the thin but durable material of the weft and warp threads, a particularly fine knotting and, therefore, a particularly fine pattern is feasible.