Vintage Herki runner, circa 1950. Original colors. Woven by a nomadic Kurdish tribe called Herki, these runners are unique in coloration and structure. They come from a cold, mountainous region near the Turkey-Iraqi border. The weight of these runners is quite remarkable and evidence of the thick wooled sheep that lived in the cold climate. Most of the sheep in the Lake Van region where these rugs originated, have a bright white coat that takes dye well. As a result, most Herkis are very vividly colored. Look closely and you may even notice a fleck of tinsel, added by the weaver for fun. Most feature 6-8 medallions in the form of the Kurdish turtle.