Antique Oushak rugs are valued antique rugs for their minimal patterns and muted earth tones. Oushak carpets are known for their striking designs and became the favored rugs of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th century. Art for your floor, they bring elegance to your home or office. While many just buy new rugs to decorate their place or purchase an inspiring antique reproduction, some just can't settle for less. Such perfectionists always love antique Turkish rugs, especially the antique Oushak rugs, mostly originally designed and manufactured before the 1900s. They have great value, retaining the artistic beauty from the past.
Antique Oushak rugs were originally made in the small Turkish town of Oushak, which is at a distance of 100 miles from the capital of Turkey, Istanbul. Oushak, also known as Usak or Ushak, still continues to produce some of the most exquisitely designed antique Turkish rugs and has been doing so since the 15th century.
In fact, the late 15th century was quite a significant one for the design of Oriental rugs – so much so that it is remembered even today as the a time of the “design revolution”. It was during this period that antique Turkish rugs began to be produced commercially. Till then, they were only made by nomads to meet their daily needs.
Oushak was where it all began, because of its strategic location. Oushak is located close to where the best Turkish wool was available – to the regions of Balikesir and Kutahya, and offered an easy access to the international markets.
Indeed, some of the greatest manufacturers of the 16th and 17th century, when the Ottoman rule was at its peak, were actively involved in the production of Oushak rugs. Even today, the tradition of Oushak rugs being sold in major auctions persists.
Interior designers love antique Oushak rugs, and make them a part of their interior design work. Antique Oushak rugs are made with 100% pure wool.
Antique Turkish rugs are distinct from Persian rugs because they are more coarsely woven, usually with a Ghiordes knot. Also, they are likely to use the colors red and blue. Prayer rugs use green color, which is considered to be sacred by Muslims.
There are a few distinguishing features that mark out antique Turkish rugs. Since a majority of the people of Turkey are Sunni Muslims, there is no depiction of people or animals on antique Turkish rugs because of the belief that doing so would violate the principles of the Koran.
That is the most important reason why almost all antique Turkish rugs are designed as geometric motifs, similar to the style used in prayer rugs that are used by practicing Muslims. But it is not unusual to find Turkish rugs that are less conservative in design. The antique Turkish rugs from Hereke, for instance, make use of calligraphy as a motif.
The Turkish rugs belong to the period where artistry was at its apex, allowing these fine works of art to speak for themselves. These antique oriental rugs obtain their special attraction from a period of flourishing creativity where artists poured their heart and soul into their designs to produce magnificent masterpieces.
Though often found in fine hotels and museums, you can obtain a genuine antique Turkish rug for your home and be inspired by the artistry.
Add exquisite beauty to your home with Oushak rugs. You no longer have to gaze in awe at those antique Oushak rugs found in magazines showcasing top interior designers. The rug quote will help you get an idea about the pricing of the product and when you buy from a reliable rug retailer, you can be assured that only high quality real antique rugs will be sold to you. All you have to do is find the right spot in your home after completing the purchase, because it definitely deserves a special location in your home!
Antique Oushak Runner Rug 2'6" x 14'4", RN# ou28084 Circa 1900