Hereke is a unique weaving center located on the north side of Izmit Bay, near Istanbul. Hereke Village is recognized for producing the best hand knotted carpets in the world. These special carpets represent the pinnacle of the Turkish carpet weaving tradition.
Ottoman Emperor Sultan Abdulmecid founded the Hereke Imperial Factory in 1843 and started to produce carpets, fabrics, upholstery and curtains for distinguished tastes.