Antique Turkish Yastik, Origin: Turkey, Circa: Late 19th Century – This lovely antique Oriental rug — a uniquely beautiful antique Yastik piece made in Turkey toward the end of the nineteenth century — shows a blending of classic Turkish aesthetics with more traditionally Western concepts of beauty. The field of this charming Anatolian ‘Yastik’ or pile pillow cover consists of parallel border stripes with narrow guard stripes separating and framing them. The vine scrolls are highly naturalistic and lifelike, reflecting the strong Western artistic influence that swept across the Ottoman Turkish region in the course of the nineteenth century. The rich red field provides the perfect foil for the pale gold, green, and soft blues. A lovely marriage of two aesthetic ideals combined with the famous craftsmanship for which Turkish rug makers are renowned make this rug a wonderful symbol of the transcendent nature of fine rug making.