Rare Antique Ushak carpet


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Object Description

This is a wonderful faded antique Ushak carpet from the late 19th century with a gentle palette, ancient motifs a subtle design and exquisite colours.  The light pinkish tone background sits beautifully with the off white tones surrounding the centre, and faded greens and hints of gold too.  The design is delicate vines, leaves and the floating cloud-band motif or often known as the ribbon design can be seen in two places down the centre of the carpet in a pale greenish to grey tone.

This ancient ribbon design has been used on Chinese and Persian rugs for centuries as well as Turkish pieces.  Woven in the late 19th Century in Anatolia, western Turkey, these exquisite hand-woven carpets have been produced since the start of the Ottoman period (1300-1922).  The mid to late 19th century examples such as this became more open and decorative in design and were commissioned more for the Western market in the US and Europe and have since rivalled the look of the famous Ziegler carpets from Persia.

The colour and look of Ushak carpets with muted dyes and softer designs really appeal to todays room schemes too.  Easy to place in a room already decorated or to scheme with, fabrics can be chosen to work with a palette as subtle and beautiful as this carpet.

If you would like to request a home visit to see this beautiful and rare pale antique Ushak carpet at home, it would be our pleasure to help you soon.  We love to travel nationwide, having visited private customers and interior designers all over the UK for the last 30 years.

Object History

Often younger Ushaks or Oushaks will be rich red in colour and use bolder geometric designs.  This Anatolian carpet has an almost contemporary feel to it and would work in a modern space as well as traditional.  We clean every carpet before offering it for sale and make sure the ends and fringes are secured.  A decorative subtle piece ideal for a soft scheme.

Ushak rugs and carpets were woven in the Anatolian highlands south of Istanbul where they used extremely soft wool and using the larger turkish knot made them weave more open designs than Persian carpets. They are increasingly desirable today due to their sometimes softer palette than persian carpets, thus making them easy to place in a drawing room or under a dining table.

Object Condition

In exceptional order all over, with a soft medium wool pile. No stains or damage apparent, a wonderful original example from the late 19th century.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:300 x x D:400 centimeters
  • period
  • country
  • year
    Circa 1880

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1252 851215

Dealer Location

The Old Parsonage
Church Street
GU10 5QQ

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