Window Watch 10-1-2014 Inviting Oushak & Sophisticated Damask

Posted on October 1st, 2014 by Joshua Kebabian


#27590  Azeri Oushak   8.10 x 10.11  Sale Price $3,995

#27590 Azeri Oushak 8.10 x 10.11 Sale Price $3,995

          Inviting Oushak  

The inviting Oushak hanging in WINDOW LEFT measures 8.10 by 10.11. This piece was hand-knotted in southeast Turkey by Kurdish women over a six-month period using handspun vegetally dyed Karaman wool. The Turkish weave left plenty of nap producing a luxurious, chunky texture.

The warm color palette of muted earth tones: salmon, sand, tan, aubergine, marigold, etc. creates a spectacular backdrop for the vibrant turquoise and rich, deep terra-cotta.

The main border’s bold use of color and design ground the piece with a primal energy. The guard borders are composed of two simple floral chains surrounding an inner guard border incorporating the S Symbol.  “The S symbol which may be either vertical or horizontal is believed to be either associated with sun worship representing light and deity or the serpent representing superhuman knowledge.” (Oriental Rugs, Antique and Modern, Walter Hawley)

The ornate medallion floating blissfully on the luscious terra cotta field contains a single, sweet flower that conveys a happy, gentle and carefree vibe, almost like a butterfly.  This charming carpet implores you to take Nathaniel Hawthorne’s advice:

“Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued,

is always just beyond your grasp,

but which, if you sit down quietly,

may alight upon you.”

     “if you will sit down quietly” in the happy, warm atmosphere of this charming carpet, a cheerful rest is almost certain to follow!


"Antique" European   9 x 12    Sale Price   $5,950

“Antique” European 9 x 12 Sale Price $5,950

         Sophisticated Damask   

The lovely “Antique” European Oriental Carpet hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measures 9 x 12.  This piece was hand-knotted in the Punjab of northeast Pakistan by Pakistanis using vegetally dyed local wool from Pakistan.  This lovely piece would have taken four weavers approximately 6 months to hand-knot followed by an antiquing process that would have taken approximately four weeks.

The inspirations for this lovely carpet are textiles incorporating the damask. The damask design derives its name from the fine patterned fabrics produced in Damascus (Syria) during the Middle Ages. The damask design is still primarily used as a textile, but can be seen in wallpaper and here very effectively in a carpet design.

 The overall pattern makes designing effortless.  The design and color palette of sky blue, tans and grays are very soothing on the eye, while the browns and sky blue provide just the right amount of “pop” to draw attention to the intricate details of the design. The incorporation of shadows causes the piece to appear three-dimensional. All components come together flawlessly to create a gorgeous, functional, all natural Oriental carpet – art for the foot and the eye.

This lovely piece quietly grounds a space with beauty and elegance. The refined design with its soothing palette creates a sophisticated and tranquil atmosphere!


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