Gorgeous Antique Turkish Oushak Angora Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Turkey, Circa Date: 1900 – The gorgeous happy reds, oranges, pinks, and salmons of this antique Turkish rug from the turn of the 20th century is a delightful addition to traditional or modern room decor. Angora is a type of wool from a goat or rabbit. In the USA, we typically refer to the wool of the angora goat as “mohair” and reserve the term “angora” for the wool of long-haired rabbits. In the Middle East, the term “angora” will also typically refer to the extra soft and lustrous wool of the angora rabbit.
The wool of the angora rabbit is revered for its luster, softens, strength and warmth. The use of angora wool is mentioned in the Bible and goes back as far as 1500 BCE. In the 15th century, the Sultan of Turkey placed an embargo on the export of angora wool products, and they were reserved for only the local Turkish market. Since that time, other countries were able to establish mohair production, but an authentic angora rug from Turkey is an exceptionally rare find on the open market.
Turkish Angora rugs are known for their beautiful colors and variety of patterns. This one features a classic medallion pattern with a rather rectangular character in the central design. It is a gorgeous piece and shows a high level of detail in the outer borders, formal corners, and medallion and pendant elements. Both the antique and modern Turkish Oushak rugs are used in a wide range of modern styles.
If you have a Boho Chic room, this rug is an essential to give it an authentic tribal character. The colors of the rug makes it perfect for a maximalist interior home decor style that features bold colors and mixed patterns throughout the space. Turkish Oushak rugs have been a classic in traditional room designs for many centuries and continue to be the foundation of these design trends.
This antique rug stands out as an exceptional piece for a collection or for adding a designer touch to any room of the home. Antique Turkish rugs are the foundation for an inspired design because they allow you to bridge various design elements and give the room a unified look. If your style is a little on the modern side, but you still like to include a few eclectic or antique elements, this rug is perfect for serving as a bridge between these various design styles.
This antique Turkish Oushak Angora rug would be just as at home in front of your elegant antique Queen Anne sofa for your contemporary one with clean lines and minimalist legs. Regardless of your style, this luxurious rug is the perfect foundation for an inspired and creative design. The sheen of the mohair will add an elegant and sophisticated quality to your living room, boudoir, or home office.