21 March, 2018
Authentic hand-knotted rugs
Authentic hand-knotted rugs take about an hour per inch to make by the best weavers. Antique Indian rugs have been around since the Mughal Dynasty of the 16th century. The earliest rugs from India were influenced by Persian designs and techniques, but Indian weavers soon developed their unique voice and created a style that reflected their own experiences. Antique Indian Rugs are distinguishable by their asymmetrical weaving patterns and are often very large. As Indian rug making grew throughout the country, Agra and Amritsar became the two major cities producing rugs in India. These are now the two primary categories for classifying antique Indian rugs.
Antique Turkish rugs are some of the most beautiful and masterfully woven textiles in the world. Created as artistic, spiritual, and functional pieces for daily life, Turkish rugs are a foundational genre in the world of antique floor coverings. The history of Turkish rugs extends back thousands of years and encompasses a variety of styles including tulu, karapinar, ladik, konya, ushak (oushak), kayseri (kysari), burdur, soumak, and kilim.
Oushak rugs are a specific type of Turkish rug originating from the city of Oushak and are prized for their exceptional texture and large-scale designs. Oushak, located in western Turkey, has been a major center of rug production since the Ottoman period. Many of the great masterpieces of early Turkish carpet weaving from the 15th to 17th centuries have come from Oushak. Less, however, is known about what happened to production there in the 18th and early 19th centuries. It wasn’t until around 1900 that Oushak re-emerged as a major production center, this time for room-size decorative carpets, which remain desirable even today.
Oushak in western Turkey has been a major center of rug production almost from the very beginning of the Ottoman period. Many of the great masterpieces of early Turkish carpet weaving from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries have been attributed to Oushak. Less, however, is known about what happened to production there in the eighteenth and earlier nineteenth centuries. When things become clearer toward 1900, Oushak re-emerges as a major center, this time for room-size decorative carpets.
Oushak rugs such as these are desirable today as highly decorative pieces. They come in central medallion designs as well as patterns of smaller all over medallions or scattered sprays of vinescroll and palmettes. They are notable for the grand, monumental scale of the designs. Oushak carpets often have a subdued palette in soft apricot and golden saffron tones whose pleasing qualities are enhanced by their particularly soft and lustrous wool.
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