Decorative Antique Turkish Oushak Rug, Country of Origin: Turkey, Circa Date: First Quarter of the 20th Century – Here is an absolutely charming antique rug – an antique Oushak rug, woven in Turkey around the turn of the twentieth century. Perennially among the most popular antique Oriental rug styles, antique Turkish carpets from Oushak are prized by collectors and by designers for their powerfully ephemeral beauty. Often, though by no means all the time, antique Oushak carpets from this period feature exceedingly low-contrast color pallets, wherein the detail work throughout the carpet almost blends into the field and the borders. This particular example is a brilliant manifestation of this particular aesthetic proclivity, featuring a pale, pale gold coloration allover, with the detail work rendered in such a similar hue that, upon first glance, this Oushak rug appears to be a solid yellow rectangle. Therein lies the magic of this low-contrast approach: for the fainter the detail work, the more inviting the carpet, which pulls in observers, who cannot help but take a closer look.