Antique Turkish Oushak Rug, Origin: Turkey, Circa: Late 19th Century – This truly remarkable antique Oriental rug — a masterfully crafted Oushak made in Turkey some time toward the end of the nineteenth century — is a lovely and evocative piece that epitomizes some of the more sweeping achievements seen in this type of piece. Generally speaking, antique Oushak rugs and carpets are among the more intriguing styles of antique Turkish rugs. Representing a unique and important development in Oriental rug weaving, antique Turkish Oushak rugs are celebrated for their subtle yet powerful aesthetic. Nine large palmettes, leaves, and vines adapted from a Herati pattern sweep dynamically across the grayish-blue field of this stunning antique Oushak, creating an air of dynamism and beauty. The cool tone of the field provides an excellent backdrop for the varied apricot, red, and yellow tones of the floral elements — the level of contrast here is both impressive and enticing. The rich terracotta ground palmette border adds the perfect framing effect, picking up on the terracotta palmettes of the field while contrasting the cool gray-blue ground.