Antique handmade oversize carpet Nr. 42534 Oushak, ca. 1880 Turkey 22.0 x 15.6 feet
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||Oushak, ca. 1880
|Country of Origin:
||22.0 x 15.6 ft
||floral and geometric / allover
||Oriental design. This piece has been dyed with vegetable dyes only.
More about the provenance Oushak, ca. 1880 | Turkey
Oushak is located in Western Anatolia (Turkey). It has an old and famous carpet tradition. Oushak belongs to the pioneer cities of the Oriental rug. There are pieces from the 16th century in Turkish museums on display. In the 17th century Oushaks have been made in high quantities for the Christian churches, and court dynasties of Europe. great artists of that time immortalized Oushak rugs in their paintings and by this contributed to the history of the hand made Oriental rug. Some Oushak designs which had the yellow Arabasque design on red ground were named after painters like Hans Holbein and Lorenzo Lotto. Oushak is a provenance of unique history and significance.
The wool of this rug has been dyed with vegetable dyes only which became very rare in Oriental rugs. Since ca. 1850 synthetic dyes found their way into carpet production. Ever since they replaced natural vegetable dyes more and more also due to the fact that the production of vegetable dyes is very time consuming and difficult. But the "aura of genuineness" can be reached to its full extent with vegetable dyes only. Vegetable dyes are made from leaves, flowers, branches, fruits and roots. They give Oriental rugs a particularly harmonic look. In general Oriental rugs "age" better and more beautifully with vegetable dyes than with synthetic dyes plus they increase a carpet's value. Most of today's production is made with synthetic dyes which makes this rug an even more desirable piece. Unfortunately many rugs in the market are being labelled as being vegetable dyed which in many colors is simply not true which damages the reputation of the carpet industry altogether.