THIS IS A BEAUTIFULLY MADE USHAK RUG WITH ALL-NATURAL DYES AND FINALLY SPUN SHEEP WOOL IN TURKIC REGION OF THE CAUCASUS. IT IS IN PERFECT CONDITION OTHER THAN A MINOR FRINGE ISSUE WHICH COULD BE ADDRESSED EASILY.
SIZE: APPROX. APPROX. 9' X 12'
AGE: 1ST HALF OF 21ST C.
CONDITION: VERY GOOD
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HISTORY OF USHAK RUGS
Uşak carpets, Ushak carpets, or Oushak Carpets are Turkish carpets that use a particular family of designs and named after the city of Uşak, 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 and was nearly destroyed by the Allie forces during the war between 1919-1922, especially the Greek forces who burned down most of the city and eliminated the inhabitants of the region. Thus...
Historically Oshaks were classified as ‘Anatolian Rugs,’ Anatolian literally means ' of the rising sun.’ Today scholars know much more about Oushaks and are able to classify them as such. ‘Anatolian’ is also as a last resort when a more specific identification cannot be found.
ALL OUR RUGS HAVE TO BE WASHED BY PROFESSIONALS. HOWEVER, THEY CAN ALL be SURFACE-WASHED, SPOT CLEANED, & CARED BY REGULAR VACUUMING.
UNLESS YOU HAVE A BIG ISSUE, THESE RUGS DO NOT NEED FREQUENT WASHING, BUT EVERY 5-10 YEARS.
SHOULD YOU WISH TO BUY MORE THAN 1 RUG or YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR A BETTER DEAL AT 410.279.1711. My rug business started in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul and continues here, Max
Rugs may be hand-made from low-grade, leftover wool, which can be reprocessed by machines and turned into threads to be bleached, dyed, and woven. In the old days, that leftover stuff would only be used as fillings for pillows and beds. The reverse side of a rug made from leftover wool looks rough and feels scratchy (feels like it has tiny mulch pieces in the rug from the reverse). Almost all department stores sell rugs made of low-grade wool. They are mainly made in India. Although they are hand-made and use traditional motifs taken from oriental rugs, these rugs lack the luster, resistance to staining, and durability characteristic of traditional weavings. The lower costs of department store rugs reflect the low price paid to workers in large factories and the very low quality of materials.
Many customers feel intimidated by the “mysteries of the oriental carpet.” Although rug collecting can become a lifetime adventure for those who wish to explore the history, regional variations, and dying techniques involved in making these works of art, most people have simpler needs: they want a beautiful carpet which reflects their discerning tastes, which suits their home, which will last without causing cleaning problems, and which is not over-priced. A reputable dealer will be able to explain the few simple requirements for underlying quality and will not try to interfere with the customer’s preferences in terms of color, design, and thickness.
At Karavan: Treasures from Turkey, our main focus is to find the best samples of hand-made rugs, either new or old, with traditional qualities. If they are new, we mostly look for Turkish knots (also called Gördes knots), vegetable dyes, and hand-spun wool used with traditional designs. They may be Turkish, Kurdish, Turkmen, Azeri, or from the Caucasus. We select from small rug productions, which preserve the human touch of the weavers and concentrate on the qualities of the past. Most antique carpets lasted from grandparents to grandchildren because they were well made. The modern consumer of wool carpets should value the durability of traditional rugs because we put more stress on our floors, with pets, children, and entertaining.