Turkish Ushak (Oushak) rugs and carpets

Rug and carpet production began in Ushak around the fifteenth century. The rugs and carpets woven from this period and up to the seventeenth century have been greatly valued in the grand houses of Europe. Rugs and carpets from Ushak have also been immortalized in paintings by Lotto and Hans Holbein, these names are now used to describe particular types of Ushaks. The production of rugs and carpets in Ushak began to decline in quality through the nineteenth century, with huge numbers being woven up until the early twentieth century. these later rugs and carpets are commonly known as Turkey carpets and are widely available.
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