Antique Oushak Rug, Turkey, Turn of the Century – This antique Turkish carpet features a grand arabesque based around angular vine scrolls, quirky palmettes and loosely spaced botanical elements. Apricot pink guard bands and mustard yellow borders decorated with elegant palmettes and branching floral motifs enclose the ivory field. Leaves and botanical figures feature secondary protection symbols that become decorations representing deeper powers. Ancient protection symbols, geometric stars and amulets decorate the field with a complex allover pattern. Warm Mediterranean colors, including oxidized red, mustard yellow and a blushing apricot pink, add to the traditional Oushak appearance of this antique carpet woven during the turn of the century.