Magnificent and Beautiful Antique Soft Grey Blue Turkish Oushak Area Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Turkish Rugs, Circa Date: Early 20th Century – Turkish Oushak rugs have a primitive, tribal appeal and show characteristics of several different cultural influences. This beautiful carpet has an endearing quality that comes from an artisanal combination of color and design. The simple, geometric motifs and color palette reflect its tribal roots, but also give it an elegant and sophisticated feel, too.
Oushak is a town in west-central Anatolia that is just south of modern-day Istanbul. Carpets from this area show a distinctive Persian influence in the motifs that are used. The layout of the design lacks the larger geometric elements of Turkish carpets. The motifs are smaller in comparison to the entire area of the carpet. The floral motifs are smaller and more delicate.
One of the characteristics that make Oushak carpets exceptional is access to high-quality local wools and dye materials. They tend to be coarser than carpets woven in other areas of Turkey and Persia. They are durable and have a soft feel underfoot. The texture of an Oushak rug is one of the reasons for their desirability, both historically and in modern times.
This antique carpet uses a central medallion design, but the medallion is small, allowing the surrounding design elements to stand out. The border of the carpet holds equal visual weight, creating a balance between the border and field of the carpet. The blue and fiery orange-red complement each other beautifully. They blend with the ivory and ochre accents to create an earthiness. It features hyacinth symbols that are a symbol of regeneration and rebirth. The hyacinth also contains flower buds, which symbolize new beginnings and growth.
Oushak carpets can be quite large, but this one is the perfect size for any room or office space. It is a versatile piece that creates a majestic yet peaceful atmosphere in the room. It is versatile enough to pair with traditional décor or a more contemporary style.