Star Ushak Rug

Star Ushak Rug
17th century A Star Ushak with two complete medallions placed along the central axis, six further medallions cut by the border area placed along the sides in an offset arrangement, and smaller diamonds linked horizontally to the stars. Conceived by Ottoman court artists as an endless repeat, the ornamentation of this design goes back to Persian models dating from the Kara Koyunlu dynasty. The primary ornament, an eight-pointed star with a complex interior drawing of yellow vines, leaves and blossoms, is seen in its fully developed form on the decorative tiles of the Blue Mosque, Tabriz (1465). Star Ushaks were popular in the Ottoman Empire for a long period. Judging by their comparatively frequent appearance in European paintings, Star Ushaks must have been exported in large numbers. – Research to date concludes that Star Ushaks were made around 1470 to 1630. Rarer than Medallion Ushaks, which are closely related in overall concept, knotting structure and palette, but probably an older type, they are some of the most sought after collector’s carpets from the heyday of the Ottoman Empire.The inner border is striking for its rare design of small, eight-pointed stars. Finely woven in first rate colours, this carpet is datable ca. 1600.Perfect condition very good pile Size 185 x 306 cm
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