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Antique Oushak Oriental Rugs and Carpets

 An antique* Oushak is a specific style of Turkish rug, of medium to thick pile, with very subtle coloring.  The weave has a coarser knot, and subsequently, a larger design print throughout the rug.  Often times, Oushak rugs have a golden or faded overtone, giving the rug a washed out appearance.  Field colors often include, but are not limited to, terra cotta, mustard, gold, bronze, light teal, moss, dusty rose, etc.  Oushak rugs and carpets are known to have medallion as well as allover designs.
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Usak, Turkey is located in the center of Turkey

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Seen below: An antique oushak carpet, West Anatolia, circa 1900.  This Carpet was lot 216 from Sothebys Carpet auction in New York dated June 11, 2008.  Size is 16 ft. 1 in. by 13 ft. 3 in. with an estimate of $10 - 15,000 which sold with a buyers premium of $28,125.

*An antique Oriental rug or carpet is defined by the ORRA (Oriental Rug Retailers of America) as a piece which meets or exceeds 100+ years of age.  This 100 year old rule reflects a more conservative evaluation, which is a nod to an old internationally accepted customs law.  To this day, most museums, reputable sellers and collectors alike will only consider an Oriental Rug as being "antique" if it is, in fact, 100 years or older.

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