A Beautiful Large Soft and Decorative Antique Turkish Oushak Rug, Rug Type/ Country of Origin: Antique Turkish Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – The Turkish carpets of western Anatolia have a special character that warms the heart and soul. This Oushak carpet, created at the beginning of the 20th century, gives the room a charming and ethnic feel. The colors are soft and would highlight, rather than overpower, other elements in the room design.
This carpet has a unique, tribal feel that would be the perfect design for a Boho chic interior. The design has the bold, geometric designs that are found throughout tribal carpets from the area, but it also features softer, more delicate motifs. This creates contrast in the design that is accentuated by the colors of the carpet.
Throughout the carpet, you can see tribal symbols that are a connection to the people and their traditions. Cloud bands form the borders of the corners, reflecting a connection to the heavens and the heavenly realms. The boteh, which later would evolve to become the paisley, is found in the guard borders. This symbol represents the eternal flame or the universe. You can also find the peony, which represents power. The background of the field is based on either the hyacinth or, perhaps, a stylized representation of the tree of life. This, too, enhances the connection to the heavenly realms.
The center medallion of the carpet has the Herati symbol, which is a connection to water. Throughout this beautiful medallion carpet, the weaver included ancient symbols meant to reference the ideas and traditions of this unique tribal culture. This carpet is not only a beautiful piece of room décor, and it is a direct connection to the world of the artist who created it.
The delicate pastels of this antique carpet allow it to complement many different color schemes. The central design of the carpet and traditional medallion design give it a formal feel, but the ancient symbols reflect its tribal roots. This is a beautiful piece that would work well in a room that uses softer colors. Many Oushak carpets found their way into formal settings at the time when this carpet was produced. They are known for bold colors, and it is rare to find one, such as this piece, that is soft enough to blend with a more subtle color palette.