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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”


#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.


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!

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