These rugs have been woven in Western Turkey since the beginning of the Ottoman period. Historians attributed to them many of the great masterpieces of early Turkish carpet weaving from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. However, less is known about what happened to production there in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. When things become clearer toward 1900, the Oushak region re-emerges as a major center, this time for room-size decorative rugs. Antique Turkish carpets such as these are desirable today as highly decorative pieces. They come in central medallion designs as well as patterns of smaller allover medallions or scattered sprays of vine scroll and palmettes. They are notable for the grand, monumental scale of the designs, often a subdued palette in soft apricot and golden saffron tones whose pleasing qualities are enhanced by their particularly soft and lustrous wool.
Cosmopolitan and sophisticated are two words that aptly describe Oushak's luxurious carpets. Although the Ghiordes knot and the quirky angular designs have a certain primitive air, regional rugs are exceptionally unique and attractive. Without compromising to appeal to Western consumers, weavers here managed to create one of the country's most desirable carpet styles. The angular arabesques and ornamental medallions are not dissimilar from Persian motifs but are executed in a more rectilinear manner and woven in a unique palette that includes bold Mediterranean-influenced colors and chic pastels.
The Oushak Rugs have become the rugs of choice for many of the top interior decorators in the world today. For the most part they are not high quality rugs but that is what makes them so special. Since the knot count is considerably lower than the antique rugs made in Persia - antique Turkish rugs were woven with larger scale patterns. These carpets are also extremely desirable because of their colors - which are usually much lighter and "happier" in feel than rugs from other regions. So if you are looking for an antique rug with a large scale design and soft colors, theses should top your list.
The more antique of these rugs are some of the most decorative and desirable rugs on the market today. Interior designers and decorators love their open geometric designs, soft color palettes and wide size range. They are some of the most diverse and unique styles of antique rugs.
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57 Rugs Found in Oushak Rugs And Carpets
Woven with vibrant colors in a diverse palette, this traditional tribal carpet features a number of important protection symbols.
Glorious floral motifs and symbolic figures create a dense botanical pattern as they traverse the vibrant background of this antique Turkish rug from Oushak.
Drawn in a regal angular style, this stunning antique Turkish rug showcases a host of glamorous, boldly colored botanical emblems set in a monumental composition.
Crafted in a chic combination of brick red and platinum gray, this antique Turkish Oushak rug features a handsome square composition decorated with angular motifs.
Stylized floral ornaments and sophisticated compositional features rendered in sun-kissed ochres and cerulean blues give this antique Oushak rug an aura of luxury.
Delicate floral sprays and dramatically serrated fronds create a distinguished pattern surrounding the formal Kufic medallion that decorates this antique Oushak rug
This antique Angora Oushak carpet features an elegant arabesque with a multitude of irregular medallions linked by a botanical trellis of dainty floral chains.
This chic antique Turkish rug features elegant pastel colors, lovely angular designs and all the delicate features that make Oushak carpets popular among designers.
Asterisk motifs, disguised goz symbols and detailed flowers decorate the meandering branches of the sole Tree of Life motif that covers this antique Oushak rug
This superb antique Turkish Oushak rug showcases a beautiful array of strong, well-defined Anatolian motifs arranged in a sophisticated stacked medallion.
This stunning Turkish rug woven during the turn of the century features a large-scale arabesque woven in warm Mediterranean colors. Woven in Oushak, this antique rug features a beautiful intermingling of Anatolian and Safavid designs.
This lavish modern Oushak-style rug from India depicts a distinguished large-scale arabesque with steely-gray botanical motifs set over a saffron-colored field.
Woven in the early 20th century, this antique Oushak carpet features a formal medallion and oxidized olive background paired with the soft pastel colors that are beloved by designers and modern collectors.
An allover diamond lattice of serrated leaves and rosettes sprawls across the pale cognac ground of this lively antique Oushak from Turkey.
This runner from the Oushak region of Turkey features a finely-woven, evenly-colored field with a unique fragmented spandrel in a characteristically subdued color scheme.
This antique Oushak from Turkey is a symphony of luscious cream and tan tones accented with sparing linear detail in red.
Crafted in the mid-20th century, this vintage Turkish rug depicts charming floral ornaments and a spectacular octofoil medallion set over a solid vermillion field.
A classic design of vines and palmettes floats gracefully across the field of this supremely elegant antique Oushak.
This Oushak carpet represents the understated elegance and softened color palette associated with weavers in Turkey while incorporating angular designs and traditional Anatolian protection symbols.
This antique Turkish Oushak rug depicts a glowing sun-kissed visage decorated with an articulate rectilinear arabesque that has a sophisticated, earthy appearance.
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