Turkey has been one of the world’s top rug producers for centuries and it continues to be so. Istanbul Carpet Week—The Virtual Edition is happening on 21-23 October 2020. It offers international buyers the opportunity to browse and purchase rugs, carpets and woven accessories directly from some of the best producers and dealers in the country. The fair preview is now open, so to browse the virtual booths and book 1:1 appointments with exhibitors in advance of the fair opening on 21 October, register here.
There is a range of buyer incentives available to registered delegates and the fair is a one-stop place to source Turkish carpets online to suit a wide range of tastes and styles. This is a great opportunity to refresh your inventory or revitalise your interior with the perfect Turkish rug. In addition to the latest contemporary collections, here are a few top rug types you can expect to find at ICW:
Goat hair rugs
Valued by nomadic cultures and fashion houses for its utilitarian and luxurious qualities, this material gives unusual textures and deep natural tones to pile rugs and flatweaves alike. Besides its admirable tactility and colour, goat fibre also has hygroscopic properties, absorbing and releasing moisture in sync with the ambient air, and an imbricated (scaled) structure which traps dust.
In the late 2000s, patchwork rugs started popping up in the pages of interior design magazines. Unusually for the fast-paced world of interiors, they still grace editorials and can be found in boho interiors all over Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz. Far from being a temporary fad, patchwork carpets are here to stay, speaking to contemporary society in a number of ways and embodying the spirit of our time.
Bringing traditional patterns to floors but with a hefty modern twist, overdyed rugs continue to offer an instant way in which to inject a splash of their tone of choice to a room with instant effect. Whether dyed in soft pastels or eyecatching brights, these carpets are capable of delivering a trusty colour dose that is backed up by pattern with depth.
Anatolian kilims are held in museum collections worldwide and the tradition of producing outstanding flatweaves lives on in Turkey today. Turkish kilims tap into an archaic design language full of ancient motifs that are the epitome of a strikingly graphic style that is truly timeless.
Tülü & filikli
These long piled woolly rugs were originally made in Anatolia for use as sleeping rugs. They are the ultimate cosy centrepiece for any home in winter. Coming both in colourful and natural shades, whether aspiring to Scandinavian hygge vibes or simply looking for a soft landing barefoot, you can’t go far wrong with a tülü.