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05 May '16

Turkish Prayer Rugs

Posted by Priyanka S in prayer rug

Turkish prayer rugs are one of the most popular oriental prayer rugs. The prayer rugs are usually used by Muslims as well as the Jews. Due to their quality, prayer rugs from Turkey are one of the most popular types in the world. Muslim prayer rugs are exported to many Islamic and Middle Eastern countries.

Turkish prayer rugs are fine rugs woven in the traditional Turkish art of weaving using wool as the primary material. Classical Turkish prayer rugs are usually rectangular in shape. The natural dyes are widely used to dye the wool to weave out the rugs of different colors of prayer rugs. The yellow color is obtained from leaves of peach and apricot trees. The distinctive reddish brown that is the most domination color in the Turkish prayer rugs, is obtained from the Erica vulgaris, the brown from walnut leaves. The very dark, brownish yellow color is obtained from acorns, and the green is obtained from mint. The wool is blackened by leaving it in the ground for a week. Industrial dyes are sometimes but less commonly used in the making of Turkish prayer rugs.

Turkish prayer rugs are mainly known after the names of the regions of Turkey. These rugs are therefore named as Bursa prayer rugs, Ladik prayer rugs, Ghiordes prayer rugs, Kirsehir and Mucur prayer rugs, Konya prayer rugs, Megri prayer rugs, Oushak prayer rugs, Panderma prayer rugs, Transylvanian prayer rugs, Melas prayer rugs, Kula prayer rugs, Bergama prayer rugs, etc.

Bursa Prayer Rugs are traditionally produced in Bursa, a city in northwestern Turkey. The Bursa Prayer Rugs are typically known for their hooked floral designed borderlines. Ladik prayer rugs are the Turkish prayer rugs from specific region of Turkey. The Ladik prayer rugs domineeringly feature the rust brown and black colors.

Ghiordes prayer rugs are the Turkish prayer rugs from Gördes, a District in the Province of Manisa in Western Turkey. The district has been a center of weaving at least since the eighteenth century. Ghiordes prayer rugs were extremely popular up until the 1920s. These prayer rugs are still one of the popular Turkish prayer rugs. Ghiordes prayer rugs are woven using the Ghiordes Knots. A Ghiordes Knot is the common symmetrical knot over two warps. These Turkish prayer rugs are also dominated by the rust brown color. They typically feature hooked floral designs.

Kirsehir and Mucur Prayer Rugs are also one of the famous Turkish prayer rugs. The Kirsehir and Mucur Prayer Rugs feature niches with double or triple outlines and their color schemes include two or three tones of red. The natural Yellow color is often used in the Kirsehir and Mucur Prayer Rugs.

Konya Prayer Rugs are the Turkish prayer rugs from the modern Konya, Turkey. Konya was a weaving center since at least the Seljuk invasion in the eleventh century. It was the capital of the Seljuk Turks from 1063 to 1309. Dominated by radish orange and yellow colors, the Konya Prayer Rugs feature symmetrical floral designs.

Megri Prayer Rugs are the Turkish prayer rugs that feature the symmetrical floral design square borders. The rugs have complex designs at center.

Oushak Prayer Rugs are the Turkish prayer rugs from Oushak in western Turkey. Oushak has been a center of weaving since at least the 15th century. Dominated by the radish brown colors, the Oushak Prayer Rugs feature symmetrical rectangular designs. 

Panderma Prayer Rugs are the Turkish prayer rugs featuring threshold and chandelier designs. Dominated by the natural yellow, the Transylvanian prayer rugs symmetrical hooked designed borders. 

Melas prayer rugs are the Turkish prayer rugs from Melas, a town in the Bergamo area. Melas prayer rugs are woven using a number of natural dyes. Kula Prayer Rugs are the Turkish prayer rugs from Kula, a District in the Province of Manisa, and Bergama Prayer Rugs are the Turkish prayer rugs from Bergama, Turkey.

Turkish prayer rugs are therefore available in a myriad of colors and designs. Turkish Prayer Rugs can be purchased on this site in the Islamic Clothing section.