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Ghiordes

[gyawr-duh s, gawr-] /ˈgyɔr dəs, ˈgɔr-/
noun
1.
a Turkish rug characterized by an uneven pile produced by the Ghiordes knot.
Origin of Ghiordes
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; variant spelling of Gördes, town in Turkey
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  • He began to collect Ghiordes rugs years ago, before the value of the rug became generally known.

  • The antique Ghiordes rugs are really fine in colors, generally with much pale green, red, or blue.

  • The apex of the mihrab or niche runs high in the Ghiordes rug.

  • Only now and then is seen a prayer Ghiordes that represents such a high type of artistic skill.

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  • Knot, Ghiordes, Knots to inch horizontally five to ten; perpendicularly, seven to twelve.

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  • As is the case with Ghiordes rugs, sedjadehs are almost unknown; but it is not unusual to see odjaliks.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • These narrow bands are a distinguishing feature of the Kulahs, though they have occasionally been copied by the Ghiordes weavers.

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  • A tertiary stripe containing a ribbon-like vine is very usual in Ghiordes and Kulah pieces.

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  • The tribes that make them also make large numbers of smaller prayer kilims with pointed arches suggesting the Ghiordes design.

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