This Oushak carpet was designed and constructed by master carpet weavers from the Republic of Turkey. Oushak carpets enjoy high popularity in the western part of the country. These carpets became popular in the late 15th century and were favored by the Ottoman Empire and European nobility. This piece may also be interpreted as a “pictorial carpet” or “rug tableau.” That is, it is intended to be hung on the wall (or laid on the floor). The process of stylizing and preserving the form of such carpets requires a deep knowledge of craft as transmitted via oral tradition through centuries in Turkish culture.