The Turkish Oushak has become one of the most desired rugs by designers and architects alike. Oushak rugs originated in the small town of Oushak, in central Anatolia, today just south of Istanbul, Turkey. Unlike most Turkish rugs, Oushak carpets had been greatly influenced by Persian designs. Almost from the beginning of the Ottoman empire, Oushak has been a major production center of Turkish rugs. After the design revolution in the late 15th Century, Oushak began production of rugs for commercial purposes due to the easy access of superb wool and natural dyes. Antique Oushak carpets tend to be coarsely woven on a wool foundation with a wool pile, and are distinctive in both pattern and color palette.
Here are some of my favorite Oushaks from the Matt Camron collection; both new and old.