Vintage rugs are defined as rugs produced beginning in the 1940s, while any carpets produced in the 1930s and before are typically characterized as "antique." Vintage Oushak rugs are produced in Usak, a city in the interior part of the Aegean region of Turkey. The city of Usak is the provincial capital of the Usak Province, which is also home to the district of Esme, famous for Turkish Kilims.
Oushak rugs are among the finest and most sought-after rugs in the world. For centuries, rugs produced in this city and the surrounding region have been highly-regarded and thought of as setting the standard for the finest practices of rug weaving. Oushak and Turkish carpets are typically highly decorative and feature grand, monumental designs. Many feature central medallions flanked by sprays of floral motifs, vine scrolls, or palmettes. Large-scale designs, soft colors, and lustrous wool are all characteristics of most Oushak carpets.