U-1171 - Oversize Antique Turkish Oushak Rug
13ft X 19ft
Oushak in western Turkey has the longest continuous rug weaving history, stretching back at least to the mid-fifteenth century. It has always been oriented commercially, supplying rugs and carpets, from scatters up to enormous mansion sizes, to both the Turkish/Ottoman domestic markets and to exports into Venice, Britain, and America. The best-known family portrait of George Washington has an Oushak beneath the Founder and his family. Doesn’t get more esteemed than that. Of course, the carpets have constantly changed as tastes, trends, styles, and markets evolved. In the late 19th/early 20th centuries, Persian or Persianate patterns were adopted and dimensions mutated into Western room sizes. Here the creamy sand ground supports a basically balanced allover four panel repeat of rust to red ashiks (sawtooth edged hexagons or lozenges), horizontal bars, broken vinery sections, barbed slanted leaves, small, bracketed diamonds and other semi-geometric small devices, all accented in green, sapphire blue, red and straw. There is no dark or other strong blue. The burnt salmon border features large outline tulips, diamonds, linear stems, and other vegetal motives. If one looks closely, a subtle large square grid pattern emerges in the field. The weave is moderately coarse, the foundation is wool, the pile is fairly long, and the condition is good. Allover pattern Oushaks in light tones are especially prized by designers and often command a premium to medallion pieces in more saturated tones. The flexibility regarding furnishings makes then particularly desirable.
Vacuum your rug frequently and use a vacuum which uses suction and does not have bristles. If possible, set vacuum to low power setting and vacuum the rug up and down and do not use a back-and-forth motion.
If possible, rotate the rug every few years to allow foot traffic to be spread evenly and shade the rug from direct sunlight to avoid fading in areas.
A rug pad is recommended on all surfaces to prevent slipping and stop marking if on floors with grooves or lines. Professional cleaning is recommended every two or three years.