Ushak

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Scope note
Style of textile, particularly carpets, made in the town of Ushak, the principal manufacturing center of large commercial carpets in Ottoman Turkey. It includes rugs created for palace and mosque use and for export. By the close of the 19th century the style had become coarser and rougher, with designs calculated to please European tastes. The best-known pattern among the older carpets is a scheme of large, rounded medallions of two types, alternating upon a field of brick red or dark blue. A second common pattern shows diagonal rows of eight-pointed star medallions alternating with diamonds. In the 18th and 19th centuries, a number of carpets with prayer-niche motifs in rows were made for mosque worship.
Ushak
Accepted term: 13-May-2024