Beautiful Room Size Antique Turkish Oushak Angora Rug, Country of Origin: Turkey, Circa Date: 1880 – Antique Turkish Oushak rugs have a special charm and the exquisite color of this soft colored antique decorative rug will make a statement in any room. This antique Turkish carpet was produced in the 1880’s, during time when the railroad had just begun to bring the artwork of the tribes of the Caucasus Mountains to a world that fell in love with it. In the formal Victorian homes of Europe and America, the simple, pastoral tribal motifs and unusual color combinations became a sign of wealth.
One of the unique qualities of the antique tribal rugs is that they were not produced using a standardized design. The weaver produced the designs in the antique carpet from memory using patterns that had been handed down orally throughout the centuries. Each one is a unique piece from hands that have long passed from the earth.
This Angora Oushak carpet is special because of its color combination and the flowing design that changes as one moves up the carpet. It is symmetrical horizontally, but the pattern shifts in sections as one moves up the rug. When weaving the antique Oriental rug, it is wound onto the bottom of the loom. The weaver cannot see the previous sections that have been produced. In carpets produced in the urban weaving centers, a cartoon is used to keep the design consistent as one moves up the rug.
This is not the case with tribal antique rugs, such as this one. You can almost see how the design changed in this carpet every time the completed piece was wound onto the bottom rod. It is almost as if the weaver started a new design each time the carpet was rolled. In addition, it is common for more than one person to work on the same rug, making it a unique cultural artifact of the community.
This antique Turkish Oushak Angora rug is unique and there is no other like it in the world. It would make an excellent addition to a room with fine antiques, where it would feel right home being used in its traditional role. This magnificent antique Angora rug would also make and excellent addition to a modern room to give it an ancient and rustic look. It is a versatile piece with a stunning color combination that will create an impact in any design.