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Nima Soltani – Passion of Persia

August 5, 2011

Recently, I came in touch with Nima Soltani, the owner of “Passion of Persia” in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

Nima Soltani not only washes and repairs all kinds of oriental and Navajo rugs and carpets, including Hereke Carpets, but he also offers some exceptional beautiful rugs and carpets with unique patterns for sale.

Over the carpets and our both passion for the perfection of highest hand-knotting art we came into a closer conversation and as the result Nima Soltani asked, whether there was a way to offer the genuine Hereke carpets his customers. We made an agreement and now it is possible to buy the genuine Hereke carpets directly in the USA by getting in touch with Nima Soltani of “Passion of Persia”


Big Summer Action of #Hereke #Carpets

July 27, 2011

From August 1, to August 31, 2011 will take place my big Summer Action with discounts on all genuine Hereke carpets and rugs presented on my e-shop. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.

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#Hereke silken rug – wall-haning – “Hunting Scene”

July 4, 2011

This Hereke silken rug – wall-haning – shows a scene of huntings like it was common in the Ottoman Empire.

Enjoy the tradition, beauty, luxury and elegance of Turkish hand-knotting art.

8 211,00 € incl 19 % German VAT
Delivery within two weeks after receipt of payment

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“Hunting Scene”
Hereke silken rug
“Hunting Scene”8 211,00 € incl 19 % VAT
Delivery within two weeks after receipt of payment

26 x 37 cm (0,1 m²)

Knot density:
20 x 20
= 400 knots/cm²
= 400,00 knots in this rug

After Fatih (The Conquedor) Sultan Mehmet II. conquered Constantinople (today Istanbul) in 1453, the Ottoman Empire experienced its Golden Age.

The succeeding Sultans Bayezid II, Yavuz (The Star) Selim I and Kanuni (The Law-Giver) Suleyman I, who in Europe was called “The Magnificent” could sustain this Golden Age. Following this link you will get here some more information about the history of Istanbul.

The borders of the Ottoman Empire reached over three continents and even Java and the Sumatra Islands in the Far East of Asia appertained to the Ottoman Empire.


#Hereke silken rug – wall-hanging – “Mihrabs”

July 2, 2011

ach mosque on our earth is covered with carpets, which display prayer niches – Mihrabs. These Mihrabs in the carpets repeat the niche in the wall of a mosque indicating the direction of prayer (kibla) and are in line with their direction. Each believer takes place on one of this Mihrabs to pray there…

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Hereke silken rug
“Mihrabs”1 500,00 € incl 19 % VAT
Delivery within two weeks after receipt of payment

24 x 37 cm (0,09 m²)

Knot density:
12 x 12
= 144 knots/cm²
= 129,600 knots in this rug


#Hereke silken rug – #wall-hanging “Last Supper”

June 29, 2011

This awesome Hereke silken rug is knotted in a density of 25 x 25 Turkish double knots, this are 625(!) knots per square centimeter(!)

With me you buy this unique masterpiece safely at a fair price.

Enjoy the tradition, beauty, luxury and elegance of the highest expressision of Turkish hand-knotting art.

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“Last Supper”

Price: 19,760.40 Euro incl. 19 % VAT

Delivery within two weeks after receipt of payment.

Please click here to view a slideshow

The story of “The Last Supper” during which Jesus told his disciples that he will be betrayed by one of them at the same evening is common knowledge.

The moment of Jesus’ prophecy Leonardo da Vince recorded on the 4.22 x 9.04 m big painting, what decorates the North wall of the refectory of the Dominican church Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. This artwork counts as the peak of Leonardo da Vinci’s work. It was executed in Seccotechnique, i.e. it was applied on the dry walls whereas the Fresco is painted on the still wet plaster.

Leonardo received the order for the painting by the Milanese Duke Ludovico Sforza and he worked on it from 1494 to 1498.

Leonardo Da Vinci's

A picture of the original of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”.

The pattern of this Hereke silken rug is based on this painting.

When I have seen Christian Motifs on Hereke silken rugs first time, I asked myself, why they are displayed on rugs originating from the mostly Muslim Turkey. I researched and determined that these motifs are a remembrance and bow before their great Christian history.



The Current Online Catalogue: Hereke silken rugs

May 1, 2011

I just uploaded the current online catalogue of fine and finest Hereke silken rugs, which are available at Hereke Carpets – the safe place to buy your genuine Hereke rug or carpet at a fair price.

Come back often as it will be changed regularly.

Enjoy the tradition, beauty, luxury and elegance of turkish hand-knotting art without any regret.

I deliver more than one million Turkish double knots per square meter.

Why it should be a genuine #Hereke rug

November 17, 2010

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If you need just a carpet or rug, please do NOT buy an Hereke. If you just like to take a souvenir from Turkey, please do NOT purchase an Hereke.

In the first case go to IKEA or any else carpet dealer and purchase, what suits your home and gusto.

In the secound case, purchase a Kilim, they are very beautiful, colourful and much less expensive than a genuine Hereke. If you are betrayed it does not hurt you a lot and you still have a colourful souvenir from Turkey.

If you are looking for a rug, which is unique in the whole world – then a genuine Hereke silken rug or carpet may be the right choice for you. If you are looking to embellish your home with an luxury eye-catcher – a genuine Hereke silken rug may be the absolutely right choice for you.

But why an Hereke and not an Ishfahan, Ghom or any other Persian or Indian, Pakistani, Nepalese or Chinese rug, which are also very beautiful and which you also can get in pure silk?

Just, because an Ishfahan is an Ishfahan and not an Hereke.

Of course, it is a question of taste, so the question remains: Why an Hereke?

For their value, what is raising over the years? Maybe.

For their uniqueness? Maybe.

For their perfect knotting art? Maybe.

For their perfect display of patterns? Maybe.

For their harmony of colours and patterns? Maybe.

Hereke silken rug "Birds of Paradise"

Hereke silken rug "Birds of Paradise"; Size: 40 x 57 cm; Material: silk on silk; Knot Density: 12 x 12 (appr. 1,440,000 Turkish Double knots/m²); Price on request at info(at)hereke-carpets(dot)com

First of all you should be touched by them. If you feel your heart beating faster whatching them, if you are jumping up by seeing an Hereke or a special design of it, if you feel their magic and you can not take away your eye from them, if they suck all your attention, if you are fascinated by them – then you surely should get one… I even think, in this case you have no choice… you HAVE to get one…

If you feel something like this, you are caught by them, you will go around the whole world wide web and around the carpet dealers, you will travel to Turkey to find YOUR Hereke. Maybe it finds YOU. That’s the best way of all…

What will you get purchasing a genuine Hereke?

You get an actual masterpiece of perfect hand knotting art. You will enjoy the play of colours in different lights, the lot of details, wich you find bit by bit and you will learn that your Hereke is another one every time you look at him, you always will find a new detail you did not noticed before. Your Hereke will be a never ending journey. You will have a conversation with it, what starts between you and the genuine Hereke even before you bought it…

This magic of the genuine Hereke silken rugs I felt, when I first came in thouch with them, what is now about six years ago and this magic is the reason, why I turned my passion into my busines, why I would like to satisfy you with your desire for a genuine Hereke rug and why I have the desire to give the world their tradition, beauty, luxury and elegance…

Hereke silken rug "Birds of Paradise"

A detail of the above shown genuine Hereke silken rug "Birds of Paradise"

Purchase genuine Hereke silken Carpets during holidays in Turkey?

July 1, 2010

Basically, why not?

Especially I would like to ask you to be very carefully and please don’t let your emotions take charge.

The Salesmen of every holiday resort (or tourist centre) of the world know that the pockets are looser during holidays… If you normally think three times before you pay hundreds of even thousands of Euros for a beautiful rug, in holidays you quickly agree to do so.

Why do humans act in this way?

The reason is simple: on holidays we are in a flush of happiness. In holidays all is beautiful and nice, because we LIKE it – it’s leisure! Our brain spills Serotonin – the happy hormon – in big quantities and therefore we see all in a smooth light, all is wonderful and nothing bad exists. The same flush we experience, when we are newly in love…

Coming back in our normal environment, the flush fades and then you are at home with your rug and the questions appear:

Is this Hereke a genuine one?
Is this price fair or have I paid too much?
How can I recognise whether the rug is genuine and the price fair?
What can I do now?

To answer the last question at first: If you have paid a big sum of money, go to an expert, who is acknowledged with the Chamber of Commerce or/and the courts of law and let proof the rug.
If the purchased rug did not cost a lot,  just enjoy your beautiful souvenir from Turkey.


Because I think, it was better to think about this questions before your holidays I would like to give you some tips about purchasing a genuine Hereke silken rug during your holidays in Turkey.

Genuine Hereke silken Carpet "Topkapi"

Of course, I will not tell you that each Turkish carpet dealer is a swindler or shark – that was a lie. Fact is that it is very difficult for a layperson to find out whether the offered silk rug is a genuine Hereke one or not.

Therefore my first and most important advice for you is:

Be carefully, do not let them play with your emotions!

Before going on holiday you have to know that all prices in each tourist centre all over the world are much higher than anywhere else, because the costs for renting the shop, etc are higher as well.

When it is important for you to purchase a Turkish rug in Turkey and for that reason you accept the higher price – okay.

But if you think (or recieve the feeling), you would go to Turkey to get a bargain and you pay a higher price – then it is not okay.

The worst experience is that there are rugs offered as “genuine Hereke silken rugs”, the price is higher than usual – and what you get is a fake. That is criminal. Unfortunately it is very difficult “to get” such sharks, because they often have not address and name to find them, the salesmen change often, sometime from week to week, you have nobody to complain to.

The salesmen in Turkey usual first name a very high price and you have the opportunity to beat it down, that gives you the feeling that you made a bargain, but the price you finally get is still higher than usual. My customers told me about prices till 25 % higher than it was fair – and they got fakes.

A Detail of the Hereke silken rug "Topkapi"

A detail of the above shown rug.
The patterns of genuine Hereke silken Carpets are worked always absolutely fine and perfect.

Detail of a fake of the "Topkapi" pattern

The same pattern as above – but a fake.

Compare the fineness of patterns, especially the birds and flowers. The seemingly Arabic letters on this rug are fake and they mean nothing. The letters in the centre are some similar to the name of Allah, what no Muslim would knot in a carpet, because it is an offense to step on the name of Allah. I asked a native Arabic speaking and writing acquaintance.

On the original Hereke rug is knotted a verse of Rumi Mevlana.

I would like to ask you to be aware of some more things, when a genuine Hereke Carpet is offered to you during your holidays in Turkey:

1. Please hear very attentive, what the salesman tells you

Not all salesmen are actual lying (although they may like to sell the rug with a higher price than it is worth), therefore they choose words, which give you a wrong impression, because you are not attentive enough…

Does the salesman speak from an Anatolian (or Turkish) Carpet with Hereke patterns? – that may be a beautiful silken carpet, made in Turkey, but it is not a genuine Hereke.

Does he speak from silken carpet with Hereke patterns? – That could be a Chinese or Indian silken carpet.

One salesman answered after I said to him that the rugs he offers with a price similar to genuine Hereke were not genuine Hereke ones “that the knotting technique was the criteria” – a lie!

A genuine Hereke rug is only a genuine one, when it is knotted in Hereke – and no where else!

When the salesman speaks from genuine or original Hereke Carpets, he should be able to attest that. Best with a certificate of the Hereke Carpet Weavers Association, what for me is the most confident one.

2. Touch the rug

Does the rug feel smooth like a soft toy? Maybe it is a Chinese silken rug.

Go with your hand over the rug at first in one direction – with the pile – it feels like you would touch human skin, secound go back in the other direction – against the pile – it feels like you would go over velvet. If it feels like this, it could be a genuine Hereke.

3. Turn the rug

Are the lines perfect straight? It could be a genuine Hereke.

See this example:

Hereke Silk Carpet "Topkapi" with backside

The “Tree of Life” of my sample collection with its backside: The backside of a genuine Hereke silken rug always displays the patterns as clear as on the front.

Detail of the backside of the Hereke silken Carpet "Tree of Life"

This detail of the backside of the above rug shows the perfection of hand-knotting art of a genuine Hereke silken Carpet. This rug is knotted in a density of 15 x 15 Turkish Double Knots = approx. 225 (!) Turkish Double Knots per square centimeter (!) = approx. 2,250,000 Turkish Double Knots per square meter… 100 % handmade!

Are the lines of the you shown rug buckled? Are the knots not perfect? It could be an Anatolian (Chinese or Indian) one with Hereke patterns.

4. Count the knots

Are there actually 10 x 10 or 12 x 12 knots per square centimeter? Almost all carpet dealer will help you with a knot counter. If not, just take a straightedge and count the knots of one centimeter once horizontal and once vertical. You should get the named number of knots – 10 x 10 or 12 x 12 or what ever. Take the time to actually count. Count at different places of the rug. If there are big differences, be carefully! Small differences always can appear, as the rugs are handmade.

5. Ask for the producer and the way of production

The Chinese like to use similar looking and sounding names of manufactures, which actually exist or have existed.

When anyone does not like to name the producer, but begins to tell you anything about “women near Hereke” or something else, be carefully!

I have heard that the pile was burned (!) to get the very short and equal pile as it is usual in genuine Hereke silken rugs. They answered to my question, it was made to give the treads more durability. That is a lie and it is only for one reason done this way: To be able to complete a rug faster – and therefore cheaper – but they sell the rug for a similar or even higher price than a genuine Hereke would cost. And beside of this, they name their rugs 100 % handmade.

A genuine Hereke Carpet is always 100 % handmade. No machine (beside of the loom) touches the rug. The pile is trimmed by hand after each knotted line using special scissors. And a genuine Hereke Carpet is always knotted with the durable Turkish Double Knot (Gordesknot).

Turkish Double Knot (Gordesknot)Copyright of this picture: Dania Calderin

6. Ask where the silk is from

A genuine Hereke silken Carpet is always knotted with silk from Bursa in Turkey, no cheaper Chinese or Kashmere or other silk is used. Once me was told that silk from Brazil was used, “because it was better”? For a genuine Hereke? It is cheaper, of course, but why such rugs are sold more expensive than a genuine Hereke one?

7. Ask for a certificate

The certificate should contain:

The origin
A picture of the rug
A serial number
The producer
The used material
The size
The knot density
The name of the pattern

The certificate should explecitely name that you get a genuine or original Hereke. The only mention of
100 % handmade and/or 100 % Turkish (or Anatolian) product does not ensure the authenticity of a genuine Hereke… far from it!

If there is only given the address of a dealer (maybe without the name of the dealer) and the name and address of a company abroad, please be very carefully. It does not make sense to produce a genuine Hereke (see above) abroad to bring it then to Turkey.

You should have the possibility to verify the certificate.

Tell the dealer you would verify the rug with an expert, who is acknowledged with the Chamber of Commerce and courts of law.

The certificate of the Hereke Carpet Weavers Association, for example, tells that you get an originial Hereke, there are named two  different serial numbers. One serial number of the rug, the other one of the certifcate. Verifying the certificate both numbers have to match to be sure about the origin of the rug and the authenticity of the certificat. You can verify these certificates from all over the world via Internet, letter or phone call. Each acknowledged expert will verify this rug as a genuine Hereke one as well.

At the end:

When you get to see such things:

Fake Hereke

That is a fake!

The Hereke seal is never knotted in this way! I will not tell you, in which way it is knotted, because the falsifier are also in the internet to read and to find out, in which way they may fake the original ones.

If you see such thing:

Fake Hereke

It is a fake!

No dealer or producer would put a seal through a genuine Hereke. In this way not only the rug, but the value of it was destroyed. Genuine Hereke silken rugs are longterm investment, like each artwork of a well known artist. No serious artdealer would destroy an artwork to “show” it was an original – and no seriours dealer of genuine Hereke Carpets would do either.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season with a lot of beautiful experiences – and please, do not let play with your emotions!

Christian Motivs on Turkish Hereke Carpets?

March 25, 2010

It seems to be surprisingly to find Christian Motifs on some of the carpet artworks handknotted in a Muslim country like Turkey, where 98 % of the population are Muslims.

Hereke silken Carpet - "The Last Supper"

Hereke silken Carpet - "The Last Supper"

That could be an accomodation to the West tourists, to fulfill their expectations, but is that the only possible explanation, mainly because you will not find any Christian motif on a Persian carpet, for example?

Going back in history for about 2,000 years, we find out another possible reason for the Christian motifs in Turkish silk carpets. They could be also an obeisance towards the history and development of the Christianity in Anatolia, because we get to know that Anatolia is a craddle of Christianity and the Bible.

After Jesus’ crucifixion his adherer emigrated to Asia Minor and settled down in cities like Ephesos, Hierapolis and the region of Cappadocia.

Santed Paulus, for example, preached in Perge Derbe, Lystra, Psidian Antioch, Ephesos and Konya. The New Testament contains the Ephesian Letter, which Apostle Paulus wrote to the Christians in Ephesos: The first Eppistle of the Johannes Apocalypse (Apk 2, 1-7) to the seven communities in Asia Minor (Apk 1, 11).

Also Sainted Petrus settled in Asia Minor, in Antioch, and launched the first Christian Church in a hole.

Fresco "Paulus Grotte" (hole of Paulus) in Ephesos

Fresco "Paulus Grotte" (hole of Paulus) in Ephesos

(Source of the picutre)

Another legend tells that the Virgin Mary settled with the circle of women arround Jesus and the Apostle Johannes in an house near Ephesos and instructed a lot of people in skills for healing and the teaches of Jesus till her own ascencion.

Even today Turkish people visit the gravel of Maria and leave papers with their wishes on the walls.

Sarkophag of Maria Magdalena in Ephesos

Sarkophag of Maria Magdalena in Ephesos

Source of the picture

It is counted that there also took place the dialog of the early Christian philosoph and church father Justinus with the Jew Tryphon around 157, which stands formal in the tradition of the Platonic Dialogs.

Till the Late Classic Period Ephesos was a prominent city as a place of pilgrimage as well as bishop’s see. Ephesos was the capital of the profane diocese Asiana.

Further in Nicea (today Iznik) in the Turkish Marmara Region, between Bursa and Istanbul (in this time Constantinople and former Byzanz) took place the first Ecumenical Council in 325, which was convined by the Roman Emperior Konstantin I. In 431 in Ephesos was held the 3rd Ecumenical Council, which was convined by the Emperior Theodosium II, which also is named the “Council from Ephesos”. In 449 here also took place the so-called “Robber Synode”, which already could be seen as the first beginning of the separation of the both churches – the Roman-Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches.

Up to date Istanbul is the domicil of the religious head of the Orthodox churches, which with its 25 million adherer is the third biggest Christian confraternety of the world.

Bartholomäus I, relegious head of the Orthodox Christians

Bartholomäus I, relegious head of the Orthodox Christians

Source of the picture

Knowing all these historical sequences and further consider that the Seldjuks only in 1071 took the dominance over Anatolia after the battle of Manzikert (the Seldjuks converted in 970 to the Islam), that Jesus for the Muslims is the last prophet before Mohammed, the Christian Motifs on the silk carpets from Hereke are not as incomprehensible like before, but we should understand them as a reminiscence to the own great history, what up to date contains important parts of the Christian one.

Hereke silken Carpet -  "The Last Supper", Detail

Hereke silken Carpet - "The Last Supper", Detail

Luxury and Elegance – only by child’s hand?

July 3, 2009

Often I read or hear from our customers: “It’s true that such fine carpets, like your genuine Hereke silk Carpets can be created only by gently child’s hand?”

This question shows the risen sensibilty for that theme, but on the other hand also the lack of knowledge about the various techniques to produce an hand knotted carpet.

Oriental carpets are basically hand knotted with the symmetric (double, Turkish, Gordian) knot or the asymmetrical (simple, Persian, Senneh) knot.

The symmetric double Turkish knot is famous due to its stability. Carpets, which are hand knotted by these knots, therefore achieve their proverbial durability.

Turkish double (Gordian) knot(copyright: Dania Calderin, all rights reserved)

The asymetric simple Persian knot is for the manufacture of carpets more time and material saving. But the knot thread is not so closely linked to the warp thread.

Persian Single (Senneh) Knot (copyright: Dania Calderin, all rights reserved)

Djufti KnotFinally the Djufti knot is a modification of the asymmetric knot, but even simpler and faster to knot. Here the knot will be entwined arround only two, sometime three or even more warp threads.

This Dufti knot is used by childs foremost in India and Pakistan to knot carpets with a slow density of rarely more than 50.000 knots per m² (5 knots per cm²). These carpets are knotted seldom with more than two or three different colours – and without fail never of silk and even less completely of silk. The density of Persian carpets is counted with the help of a complicated method. (Unfortunately I found this information only in German)

No child in the world has the patience, the sleight of hand and calm, to knot a genuine Hereke silken Carpet with the double Turkish Knot, which has a knot density of at least 1,000,000 knots per m², that are 100 knots per cm² – and with up to 36 different colours.

Hereke Silk Carpet_Mihrab_Nazar Boncuk

This Hereke silken Carpet shows with its Mihrab the detail and colour rich hand knotting art of the master knotter in Hereke. (picture copyright: – all rights reserved)

This work is so arduous that it is not allowed to no one of the Turkish master knotter – and only the best of them may knot a pure silk Hereke – to knot more than 30 minutes at once. Then they have to make break, to assure the high quality and perfection of the knotting and display of the patterns.

No child is able to afford that work. Who tells such stories, endamages (aware or unknowingly) the reputation of the art of hand knotting – and with it the reputation, the high craftmanship, the endurance and effort of the masters of hand knotting art, who mostly are women.

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