A gloriously whimsical and unique antique over-size Oushak from the 19th century that features an all-over angular rendition classical persian motifs on a grand scale. The design sensibility of this warm, quirky and ‘happy’ Oushak is surprisingly refreshing and uniquely playful. The outlines of classical palmettes and peonies are re-interpreted in a scale that almost de-constructs them and turns them into symbols of themselves. Two extremely large and sparsely adorned heads of peonies sit on the opposing sides of the serrated edges of a central lozenge that is not very densely designed. The intentional sense of hollowness at the centre, the almost childishly simple and entertaining zigzag effect in the edges of a would-be medallion and the overwhelming size as well as the unusual placement of peonies provide the design with a marvelous new expression that draws on a tribal sensibility that is most aware of the refinement and orderliness of city rugs and simply breaks from it. The unusually elongated palmettes on four corners of the field as well as the individual floral heads decorating the rest of the field add to the quirkiness and unique attractiveness of the carpet.
The rich, saturated, dark apricot color of the field has a soft, sunny, luminous glow that is in harmony with the happy, playful design. The mellow gold of the patterns and the main border intensifies this effect and hints at mediterranean influences, which is uniquely Oushak. The boldness and individuality of the design is offset by the embracing softness of these sun-kissed colors as well as the very high quality, luminous wool.
This wonderful Oushak boasts a sought-after design, is highly decorative and very versatile with its wide appeal for classic, modern and eclectic styles. It can easily be an inspirational foundation piece around which an entire room can be designed.