Extremely Soft and Decorative Beautiful Large Size Antique Turkish Oushak Rug, Country of Origin: Turkey, Circa Date: 1880 – This grand and elegant antique Turkish Oushak rug was produced around 1880 at a time when wealthy clients were commissioning large scale antique rugs for a hungry European and USA rug market. Turkish designs are distinguished from Persian rug designs by their use of geometric and large scale motifs.
An emphasis in Turkish design is on creating the illusion of making the space appear larger than it is to compliment architectural styles with bold features carried out on a grand scale. One of the techniques for achieving this is by creating a field that looks as if it continues beyond the borders and extends to the rest of the room. This gives the illusion that the carpet takes up a much larger space than its physical size would indicate.
Even though they are a large size physically, the design makes them look even larger. This design has several unique features that carry out this feature even further. The design in the field of the rug is a repeating pattern of grand scale. However, it is the borders of the antique Turkish rug that give it a unique character. In a Turkish carpet, there is commonly the main border that is surrounded by one or more guard borders that are smaller in size. One does not typically find elements that cross from one border to another. This carpet has a motif that extends from the inner guard border to the outer one and is carried out in such a way that it draws the eye outward. This creates an even grander sense of the illusion of expansive size.
The use of simple warm and soft color further highlights this element of the decorative carpet because it focuses the attention on the design of the large rug, rather than the colors. The field of the rug is much smaller in scale than the borders. The use of a motif that crosses over the formal set of borders in the carpet allowed the artist to create a piece that is unique and will fill the space nicely. This elegant large size antique Turkish Oushak rug is the perfect touch to a formal room. It also has a shabby chic quality that allows it to have a rustic charm that can be used to add a layer of color and texture in a modern design.