I had the pleasure of traveling around Eastern Turkey last month with a small group of fellow rug cleaners. We signed up through ARCS (Association of Rug Care Specialists) and were treated to a real insiders reveal of the rug industry. We spent a good two weeks touring from one weaving village to the next meeting with weavers, rug dealers, wool dyers and specialist, rug washers, rug restoration facilities. The list goes on and on.

I chose to purchase a number of unique new pieces for our showroom in Toronto, which all share two important qualities – they are unique and extremely well made.

The rug displayed below is new production using vibrant vegetable dyes to modernize its antique Heriz pattern. The extra-wide cobalt-blue border is why I was drawn to the piece. It forces your eye to take in the entire rug from top to bottom, corner to corner instead of focusing on a center medallion (which is definitely not the case here).

Hand knotted with hand spun wool and all-natural vegetable dyes. Woven in Eastern Turkey. 9.09′ x 12.7′