FROM THE BLOG:
Antique Ghiordes Runner Custom Fit to a Beautiful 1920’s Staircase
This gorgeous Ghiordes runner was originally made in Central Turkey in the mid to late 1800’s. This carpet is actually a fragment of a much larger rug that had sustained too much damage to be restored. This one section in great condition, runs the entire length of the original rug with no seams or repair. We purchased this Ghiordes fragment on one of our buying trips earlier this year and were very excited to have found it for our collection.
Here is a little history on Ghiordes carpets:
Anatolian or Turkish carpets from Ghiordes (Gordes) and Oushak (Usak) made from the 16th-19th centuries have long been collected and studied. Many from these villages were prayer rugs and not as large the rug that this fragment was once a part of but prized nonetheless for their quality and importance. Anatolian carpets like the Ghiordes have been depicted in paintings as backdrops for centuries. Some patterns or designs have even been named for the painters that made them famous.
While this runner would have looked great on a flat surface it could not have been better suited to the gorgeous, curved staircase of this 1920’s home.
The fragment had no borders and the pattern was not symmetrical allowing it the flexibility of fitting the curve of the stairs precisely. We make it sound so simple but I am leaving out how important our knowledgeable installers are to the finished product and the fact that it took approximately 10 hours for our expert to install this runner properly.
We will be adding more photos of this beautiful home after its renovation is complete. You will be able to better see and appreciate how this runner brought together this family’s evolving collection of antique and beautiful new rugs. The home is gorgeous and we think the rugs are pretty amazing as well.
Here are a few more views and closeups: