Oushak Rugs & Carpets
one of the largest cities in Western Anatolia. From the early days of the Ottoman Empire to the dawn of the 20th century, it was a major center of rug production. It still stands among the most important ones in the world. Anatolia literally translates into “land of the rising sun”. Historically, antique Oushak rugs are classified as Anatolian. The level of international popularity reached by the Oushak rugs from Uşak caused an interesting phenomenon. The word “Ushak” became to be Oushak rugs (in Turkish known as Uşak Kilimi) are carpets that use a particular set of designs. Uşak is considered an English word of Turkic origin. Ushak carpets (vintage Oushak rugs), appeared on Renaissance paintings. It was because they adorned cathedrals and churches. Moreover, the wealthy and powerful always had them in their homes.
Oushak rugs belong to one of the most significant categories of floor coverings. As all Turkish rugs, Oushak rugs are woven with the application of the symmetrical knot. Ghiordes knot (the symmetric knot) appears mainly in Asia Minor, the Caucasus, Iran (formerly Persia), and Europe. The majority of antique Oushak rugs have relatively loose knots. It gives them a supple body. In turn, silky, high-quality wool provides long and luminous piles. The most popular designs of vintage oushak rugs i.e. ‘star’ and ‘medallion’ originated in Uşak. The dyes tend towards cinnamons, terracotta tints, gold, blues, greens, ivory, saffron and grays. The monumental scale, relaxed structure and playful palette of Turkish antique Oushak rugs makes them unique. Thus, thanks to their qualities, they remain a favorite within the pantheon of decorative antique oriental rugs.