Turkish rugs were among the first Oriental Antique carpetsexported to Europe. Turkish rugs were prized commodities and artistically influential pieces. The Turkish rugdesigns such as the iconic guls, prayer rugs and small repeating patterns worked their way into the iconic paintings of the European masters, including Memling, Lotto, Bellini, Hans Holbeinand many others so much that some of the most famous Turkish patterns have beencalled after them.
The styles of Turkish rugs varies widely. Bergama rugs, for example, produced tribal-influenced Turkoman pieces, Hereke rugs feature elegant curve-linear patterns worthy of Ottoman palaces and the most well known of all rug weaving centers in Turkey – Oushak produces decorative room-sized carpets that are revered, above all else, for their soft pastel-coloration.