Turk’s Head

What a wonderful knot!

The term Turk’s Head is used to refer to a family of knots, usually differentiated in terms of their respective bights and leads, but all possessing the familiar plait-like appearance.

This is more than just a decorative knot, though it does have more than one decorative form. Formed flat it can be worked into a Carrick Mat. If tightened in a different way it becomes spherical, like a ball, and can be used as a stopper knot. A third way produces a cylindrical form which was traditionally used to mark the king spoke of a ship’s wheel. This third form creates the pleasing appearance of a plait with no apparent beginning or end, an ancient pattern which can be found in Celtic Knotwork Designs amongst others.