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Beginning in the last quarter of the 19th century and continuing until almost 1910, the carpet workshops of Oushak produced for export to America and Europe a large number of highly individualistic carpets . These incorporated traditional Persian design elements, but in eccentric interpretations, distinctive color palettes and generous formats. Our carpet is an outstanding example of this trend.
The ivory ground is centered around an eight point small medallion with enormous flower sprays above and below, and more geometric arrays to the sides. The four pairs of columns to the sides are adapted from 17th century Turkish rugs, as are the spandrels. The buff main border employs stylized Persian botehs, diagonal corner palmettes, triangular pieces at the cardinal points, and stiff vines connecting everything.
This is one of the most complex and aesthetically satisfying of Oushak carpets from this period.
From collection of Tom Jones.