Antique 17th Century Smyrna Turkish Oushak Rug, Country Of Origin: Turkey, Late 17th Century
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If antique rugs could talk, one has to wonder what stories they would tell. In the case of this extraordinary antique 17th century Turkish Oushak rug from Smyrna, one can be sure that the tales would be of the rise and fall of great empires. Smyrna was a center of trade and rugs from this area were considered to be of the finest quality.
The designs of the Ottoman Empire were known for their bold geometric motifs and use of high contrast colors. This rare 17th century rug, with its reds, blues, browns, and ivory are an excellent example of the work that was produced during this time period.
The rich colors and grand scale of the design were meant to complement the interiors of palaces and public spaces that were meant to give the occupant a sense of awe. One can easily imagine this rug in the grand courts of the Ottoman ruling class.
The design of within this beautiful square shape rug does not have horizontal symmetry, but it does have vertical symmetry. It is made to appear as if it is a section of a larger design cut out and placed within a frame. This helps to create a sense of scale and size for the viewer. The design was also done in such a way that it draws the eye along the vertical and creates the visual appearance of length. Everything about the design of this early rug was meant to embody the idea of grand size and scale.
This exquisite antique Smyrna rug is not only a beautiful piece, it is also an important piece of history. It would make an excellent addition to any traditional decor and would add historical value, as it represents the rise and fall a great Empire. Without a doubt, this breathtakingly beautiful and exciting 17th century Smyrna carpet It would make an excellent addition to any collection.
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