A Beautiful And Decorative Antique Turkish Oushak Rug, Rug Type/ Country of Origin: Antique Turkish Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – The brilliant reds of this Turkish Oushak carpet, created at the turn of the 20th century, is a lively, vibrant addition to the room. Oushak is a village in western Anatolia that is known for its carpets with bold, geometric designs and unique color combinations. They are a special group of carpets that surprise and delight the senses.
The first feature of this carpet that catches your eye is the bold, red color. The greys, blues, browns, ivory, and subtle oranges help to create balance and tone-down the red to create a piece that is striking to the eye. The large, geometric motifs are angular and give it the formal quality that one expects from Turkish carpets. Yet, the colors are reminiscent of its tribal roots.
Tribal symbols can be found throughout the carpet, which gives it an ethnic character. One of these symbols is the boteh motif, or eternal flame, which can be found in the guard borders of the carpet. The carpet has a symmetrical design in the field and uses an overall pattern. The design still retains the spontaneous character of tribal carpets, as the design is not executed with the precision that one typically finds in carpets produced in the cities. This gives it a rustic character, too.
Oushak carpets were once some of the most desirable in Europe and America for formal interior designs. They are still considered to be the perfect piece for a formal setting. The brilliant colors and bold designs give Oushak carpets a rich feel. This majestic carpet would be at home in any setting where it will add its vibrancy and liveliness to the room.