A breathtaking Antique Turkish Oushak Rug, Rug Type/ Country of Origin: Antique Turkish Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – Since the late 1880s, when the carpets of western Anatolian were first brought to Europe and America, they were valued for their vibrant colors and designs with a distinctive tribal quality. This Turkish Oushak rug from the beginning of the 20th century is an excellent example of these qualities that allowed Turkish carpets to find their way into formal Victorian rooms. They are some of the most versatile carpets anywhere in the world.
Oushak carpets are the artistry of a tribal culture situated in the mountains that are now Anatolia. The area was inaccessible until the railroad brought these beautiful treasures to the rest of the world. They gained instant recognition for their brilliant colors and designs that have a formal quality, but that also has an ethnic appeal, too.
This antique carpet is an excellent example of the type of carpet that you would often find on the floors of formal Victorian rooms. It is elegant with bold motifs in a design that is based on pattern repeats and symmetry. The earthy tans and ivory balance the brilliance of the red in a way that creates contrast, but also creates harmony.
The design of the carpet is simple, with the outlines of the patterns represented in form and outline. It lacks intricate detail, allowing the artist to draw on the forms and shapes to add interest. This treatment of the design elements gives the carpet a feeling of spaciousness and scale.
This is one of those rare finds that will feel at home in both a formal setting or in an informal, tribal design. It is an elegant piece, but it has a tribal quality that would make it the perfect layer to a Boho chic design. The simple treatment of the design gives it an abstract quality that would also make it the perfect fit for a contemporary or mid-century modern design too. Regardless of where you choose to place it, this carpet will add liveliness and vibrancy to the room.