Early Ghiordes prayer rugs are among the most iconic of their type in Anatolia, Turkey, and in the surrounding area. Strong colors, vibrant red backgrounds, and soft pastels reminiscent of Oushak rugs are featured prominently in larger area rugs and Ghiordes' highly prized room-sized carpets. They traditionally feature angular prayer niches, highly decorative spandrels, architectural pillars, medallions, curvilinear arabesques, and repeating motifs. Antique Turkish carpets from the area tend to favor botanical motifs, rather than the angular symbols that characterize carpets from the Caucasus. Ghiordes rugs are typically made from the highest quality wool, which is placed over a hand-spun cotton foundation to produce extremely strong rugs.
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