USAK, USHAK, OUSHAK RUGS
Usak rugs, woven
in the 16th and 17 centuries, represent the second golden age of Turkish rugs
after Seljuk rugs. Beside their local use in the Ottoman soil, Usak rugs were
exported great deal to the European countries. These rugs decorated the
palaces, churches, cathedrals and houses of rich in Europe. Many European
painters such as Holbein, Lorenzo Lotto had these rugs on their paintings.
Some of the Usak patterns are named after these painters. Although they are
not mentioned under the name of Usak rugs, most of these very fine carpets
came from Usak workshops.
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