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Oushak - Arts & Crafts : 18'2" x 12'1

Oushak - Arts & Crafts : 18'2" x 12'1

Oushak - Arts & Crafts : 18'2" x 12'1
Oushak - Arts & Crafts : 18'2" x 12'1
Oushak - Arts & Crafts : 18'2" x 12'1
Oushak - Arts & Crafts : 18'2" x 12'1

Regular price: $16,500.00

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NameOushak - Arts & Crafts
Size in feet 18'2" x 12'1
Size in meters5.53 x 3.68
Pile (Fiber & Yarns Used)100% Pure Wool, Organic Dyes
Type of fabricationHand-knotted with Senneh knots (asymmetric)
Country Made InAfghanistan (South-Central Asia)
Design OriginZiegler
ConditionExcellent (Brand New)
Carpet IDSEK2162561
Sizes Are Approximate. Photos Are Representative And Not Necessarily Exact For Color
New Rugs Are Of The Highest Quality In Its Category And Are Handpicked Overseas By The Bashir Family

A Brief History of Oushak Carpets

Oushak Oushaks are Turkish carpets that use a particular family of designs, called by convention after the city of U?ak, Turkey - one of the larger towns in Western Anatolia, which was a major center of rug production from the early days of the Ottoman Empire, into the early 20th century (although these patterns were woven in other regions as wel). Historically Oushaks were classified as 'Anatolian Rugs,' Anatolian literally translating to 'land of the rising sun.' Today scholars know much more about Oushaks and are able to classify them as such. 'Anatolian' is used as a last resource when a more specific identification cannot be found; at which point 'Anatolian' refers to a carpet made in Turkey. The level of international popularity attained by Ushak carpets became such that the word "Ushak" is considered an English word of Turkic origin. The region of U?ak still remains a vibrant center of hand-made carpet weaving today. These rugs are some of the finest oriental rugs, so much so that many of the masterpieces of the 15th and 16th centuries have been attributed to Oushak. The popular star and medallion carpets originated in Oushak. Oushak rugs are known for the silky, luminous wool they work with. The dyes tend towards: cinnamons, terracotta tints, gold, blues, greens, ivory, saffron and grays. In the European markets, the earlier types of Turkish carpets, before the "star" type, are called "Lotto carpets" and "Holbein carpets". The terms make reference to their depiction in minute detail in paintings by Lorenzo Lotto and Hans Holbein the Younger, in which they are often placed in a way to brighten the background, and suggest status. These rugs were imported by Europeans, where they adorned cathedrals, churches, and the homes of the wealthy and powerful. After the 17th century, development of Oushak rug weaving is less well known. Late 17th century saw a decline in the Oriental rug market as European consumers tended to purchase rugs of European origin - primarily Aubusson, Savonnerie and Axminster. The wane in the European market meant that Oushak production declined. Those that were still made throughout the late 18th and early 19th centuries were manufactured for upper-class people in the Turkish territories on Eastern Europe. Towards the end of the 19th century, when the European market began to be interested in Persian carpets once again, the Oushak population did not have enough weavers still skilled in the traditional Oushak craft. Manufactories had to turn to neighboring villages and their craftsmen who still maintained traditional techniques. Therefore, weavers came from villages outside of Oushak and employed tribal techniques. At this time, the new Oushak industry saw two major shifts in design: floral patterns in the Persian tradition were incorporated into design and room size, decorative carpets were woven as European standards demanded. The use of larger knots and an all-wool foundation became widespread. The tribal style fused with the older Oushak/Smyra designs. The merger of the two styles created a new style simply known as late 19th/early 20th century Oushak carpets. The new decorative Oushak, commercially woven, employed a soft red, as its primary color offsetting the large-scale floral motifs from the field in a bright blue. The luxurious quality of the wool aided the colors luminosity.

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