Antique Turkish Oushak Runner
Antique Turkish Oushak Runner Description:
This early 20th century antique Turkish Oushak runner rug features geometric and floral abstractions in distinct Oriental carpet style against a camel field. Curlicues and staple Oriental patterns such as the boteh, the paisley shape representing a leaf or a pinecone, can be seen in the border. Oushak rugs are renowned for their silky, luminous wool and a weaving pattern that employs traditional tribal techniques, namely the use of larger knots and an all-wool foundation. As these works are often considered some of the finest antique rugs, many of the masterpieces of the 15th and 16th centuries have been attributed to the Oushak tradition. The late 19th century saw the rejuvenation of Oriental Turkish rug production, and at this time Oushak resurfaced as a preeminent center of the weaving industry. During this Renaissance, floral patterns in the Persian tradition were incorporated into design and decorative carpets were woven as European standards demanded.