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Rugs from Turkey (Anatolia)

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The pile rugs and carpets of Turkey are justly admired for their artistry. The majority are made in Anatolia, the greater Asian land mass of Turkey. Some are the large and ornate workshop carpets woven for wealthy elites during the Ottoman period. Most are smaller 19th and 20th century village rugs with attractive colours and abstract patterns. The Museum’s rug collection contains examples of both.

Ottoman court workshops from the 16th to 19th centuries employed professional carpet designers …