Beautiful and Extremely Decorative Large Size Antique Turkish Oushak Rug, Country of Origin: Turkey, Circa Date: 1900 – This large size rug, like most Turkish Oushak rugs, seeks to awe the viewer with its eye for detail. Its interior design is a celebration of both nature and geometry, with a variety of plant growth forming carefully woven patterns along the antique rug’s length. Its dedication to symmetry, ornate detail work, and selective choice of coloring all contribute to make this rug such an appealing work of art.
Perhaps what first draws the eye’s attention is the large medallion in the style of a four-petaled flower. Upon closer inspection, the viewer may notice that cradled within the borders of this larger floral design are several smaller flowers. Though they form the larger medallion, these small flowers are detailed units in and of themselves. This symbolically contributes to the sense that each small detail of the Turkish rug is part of a larger, unified whole. The colors are muted except for the splashes of bright red in its borders, lighting up a series of vine-wrapped flowers. The sudden red hue serves to remind the viewer of the vibrancy of nature, and may give the impression of having stumbled upon some scarlet flowers growing on a forest floor.
The large decorative antique Turkish Oushak rug ‘s subject is a broad range of flora, but its style eschews strict realism in place of a highly detailed but more stylized depiction. The work is both precise and romantic, taking care to consider the symmetry of its patterns without losing its portrayal of the drama inherent in nature’s design. Vines and flowers wrap around this decorative antique Turkish Oushak rug, giving the rug the sense of being something overgrown. The design tempers the chaos of the foliage through its strict adherence to symmetry and thus never quite allows its wild garden to fall to disarray. Overall, the design of this Turkish Oushak rug captures the strangely geometric beauty of the untamed.