Togar Rug Selections
The Togar Rug Selection brings unique handmade rugs from around the world to our showrooms
Our selection of unique handmade rugs is acquired from around the world and imported directly and exclusively to our showrooms.
Togar Rugs is a family owned and operated importer of handmade rugs, established in 1977. We maintain a seven story warehouse in Istanbul which collects and stores our purchases from Turkey and surrounding areas. Four times a year the Istanbul warehouse ships to our 12,000 square foot facility in Asheville, NC. On our website, you may browse thousands of unique handmade rugs is a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. Everything listed on our website is in stock and ready to ship!
Below you will find a description of the types of rugs we have in our inventory. Each rug has a unique history, fashioned by hand in a centuries' old tradition. Each rug type is named for the geographic area of origin.
The Anatolian region of Turkey represent many different types of rugs. Anatolia is in the southern part of Turkey; rugs from this region include Anadol, Konya, Tashpinar, Karapinar, Doshemealti, and Maden. These rugs are generally in smaller sizes such as 4′ x 6′ and 5′ x 7′ or many are traditionally are a wide runner usually about 5’ x 12’.
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For centuries, the village of Hereke has been rated as the finest rug making village in Turkey. That reputation continues to this day. In recent years, the region has been decimated by earthquakes, which has destroyed the rug making tradition and business in the area. Now it is a completely a dead art form and all that remains are the carpets still in circulation. The Hereke rugs continue to increase in value by the day and remain the most desired pieces amongst collectors. As far as design, quality, and value, Hereke is the best you can buy. (Historical fact: All rugs in the palaces in Turkey were always commissioned in Hereke because they were the finest resource for quality weavers.) These rugs are woven from pure silk or from wool and cotton using the famous Turkish double knot. The design is usually a floral pattern or more complex motif. Sizes from Hereke typically range from 3' x 5', up to 10’ X 14’.
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The town of Kayseri, located in central Turkey, has a history of being one of the finest carpet making villages in the region. These carpets are often woven from wool with a cotton foundation. Kayseri is also famous for their silk carpets. The design is most often a floral or geometric pattern. Hand spun wool and natural dyes are used in the majority of Kayseri rugs. The name Kayseri comes from Kayser, dating back to the Roman Empire, as a tribute to the Roman Emperor Caesar. The original pronounced "Kayseri" was pronounced "Caesarea". Our Kayseri collection includes carpets ranging from 35-80 years old and sizes from 2’ X 3’ to 11’ X 15’.
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The town of Ladik is located in central Turkey, in the province of Konya. Ladik is known for being one of the oldest carpet making areas in Turkey. These carpets have a much tighter weave than the Kayseri and a The town of Ladik is located in central Turkey, in the province of Konya. Ladik is known for being one of the oldest carpet making areas in Turkey. These carpets have a much tighter weave than the Kayseri and a thicker pile. They are made of wool with a cotton foundation and most often are found in beautiful shades of red, yellow, green and blue. Our collection includes sizes ranging from 7’ X 10’ to 11’ X 15’.
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Originating from the 15th century, Oushaks were originally used to decorate the Ottoman palaces. They are made from the finest quality of wool and colored by all natural dyes. The Oushak is traditionally a larger knot construction made of a wool pile and wool foundation giving it a very soft and flexible look. The colors have traditionally been neutral tones, making them very desirable. We have several antique Oushaks ranging from 60 to 100 years old as well as our own custom pieces that are still made in Oushak, Turkey today. If you are looking for the perfect colors and size to fit your home Togar Rugs can custom design your own Oushak with your chosen colors and size. Build time varies between sizes and each rug is handmade, but generally we can custom design and make your Ushak in about 4-6 months.
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Patchwork rugs are some of the most popular styles in the rug market today. They are handmade in Turkey and can be made to custom order, incorporating your favorite colors and optimal size. Patchworks are made by using pieces of old Turkish rugs which are beyond repair. Our rug makers take the pieces that are still usable, stitching different pieces together and placing a canvas backing on them to secure them for years to come. The result is a very interesting and modern style. Sizes of these rugs range from 4’ X 6’ to 10’ X 14’ but can be made to order.
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Baktiari rugs are woven in southern Iran in the province of Baktiari. The three main designs tend to be a large elaborate medallion, distinctive panel designs, and rich full colors. The panel design is one of the most interesting designs which consists of a field divided into squared patterns with various motifs such as cypress trees, birds, flowers, and grapevines. The overall panel tells a story with each panel and its colors having symbolic meanings. The sizes vary from 4’ X 6’ to 14’ X 20’.
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The traditional Heriz carpets come from the village of Heriz in northwest Iran. The Heriz has come to be known as one the most iconic styles of the handmade rug world. These rugs are considered timeless and classic pieces that only increase in value as they age. The original authentic Heriz are no longer made, which has made antique Heriz rugs extremely valuable and rare. Originally, the people of Heriz made these rugs in larger sizes for their living rooms. The northern section of Iran is suited perfectly for breeding sheep and this region is known for its excellent quality of wool. The carpets consist of a cotton foundation with wool pile. The typical design for a Heriz is a central geometric medallion accompanied by pendants on a sparsely decorated field and very prominent geometric border. The most common colors are reds, blues, camel, brown, greens gold and ivory. The sizes vary from 3’ X 5’ to 12’ X 15’.
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Kashan rugs are made in central Iran. The Kashan is a very traditional, formal design of excellent quality. These rugs were known as "city rugs" and would be commission pieces for prominent families in Iran, similarly, to commissioning a family portrait. They were made to size and with signatures or dates or event woven into the pile. The Kashan rug is known for high quality wool. The designs often tend to be floral with a center medallion. They are famous for their traditional look and classic designs. The colors for Kashan carpets are shades of red, blue, gold and burgundy. The pile is thinner, and the weave is tighter than many other rugs made in Iran. A softer wool has been used in the making of these rugs, which makes them very desirable. The Kashan rug is known as being one of the finest of all the Persian carpets.
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Meshed carpets are made in northeastern Iran, also known as "city rugs", fine high quality, traditional rugs with abundant detail. The Mershed designs often tend to be floral with a center medallion. They are famous for their traditional look and classic designs. The colors for Meshed carpets are shades of red, blue, gold and burgundy. The Mashed has full pile and the weave is much tighter than many other rugs made in Iran. A softer wool has been used in the making of these rugs, which makes them very desirable.
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Tabriz carpets are made in the northwestern part of Iran. Since the 17th century, Tabriz has been one of the most important production centers of the country. Tabriz was the home to some of the most skilled weavers. The design is most often floral with a center medallion and the weave is a very fine, tight quality, with multiple levels of knot densities. The traditional colors used are shades or red, blue, gold and green.
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Karabag carpets are woven in the southern region of the Caucasus that borders Iran. They are woven from wool and have a thick pile. Karabag carpets have both geometric and floral design. The colors used in the field are often dark blue or black and the design are rather vivid colors like yellow, light green, and bright red.
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Kazak carpets are woven by nomadic shepherds in the mountainous region of the Caucasus in Azerbaijan. They are woven from wool and have a fairly thick pile. The design is mostly geometric, consisting of central medallions with different shapes such as cross, squares, diamonds and hexagons. The border of most Caucasian carpets consists of a large band with two smaller bands around it. The most common colors are shades or red, blue, white, yellow, green and light blue.
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Bessarabian kilims were originally woven in Romania now known as the region of Bessarabia. They range from 40-60 years in age and are made from 100% wool. Most often the design is floral but can be geometric and the colors used are often shades of red, blue, and black.
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Bulgarian Kilims are woven by Turkish people living in Bulgaria. Their ancestors were moved over to that area from the Konya region to protect the new borders of the Ottoman Empire. These kilims are popular with their beautiful colors and sizes. Many of them were made in room sizes. They are generally 30-60 years old. Woven with 100% wool and using all natural dyes.
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Dhoku kilims are one-of-a-kind pieces that complement the contemporary urban lifestyle. These kilims are modern day, handmade made in Turkey. The intention was to create new, uncommon textures and patterns. Dhoku draws its inspiration and guidance from nature. Hand-woven using organic materials and natural dyes. We can custom make a Dhoku rug for you in any size, pattern or color.
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The original Sumaks were woven in the in the Caucasus of Azerbaijan. The weave is thicker than a traditional Kilim and is made of wool and cotton. Some Sumaks are made using wool and silk which gives a shiny, softer texture. Most Sumaks have a geometric design with a fairly large central motif. The dominant colors are shades of red, green, gold and blue. Sizes range from 5’ X 12’ to 5’ X 16’.
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Turkish Kilims are made throughout southern and eastern Turkey, including areas such as Van, Fethiye, Konya, Malatya, Kuba, Sivas, Kars and Eshme. Most Turkish Kilims feature a variety of repeating medallions and geometric composition and in general are hand woven using all wool and natural dyes.
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