Interior Decorating With Oushak Rugs

Creating Magnificent Interior Designs and Home Decors With Oushak Rugs

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What are Oushak rugs?

Oushak rugs, also known as Uşak rugs or Ushak rugs, are a type of area rug from Turkey. These magnificent area rugs originated from the town of Oushak in western Anatolia, Turkey. The Oushak rugs are highly regarded for their unique designs, high-quality craftsmanship, and use of soft, muted colors.

Oushak rugs have a long history, and they gained popularity during the Ottoman Empire. They were initially made for the palaces and mansions of the Ottoman sultans, but over time, their production expanded to meet the demand of local and international markets.

One of the distinctive features of Oushak rugs is their large-scale patterns, often inspired by nature, such as tribal approaches to floral motifs, vines, and leaves. These designs are typically rendered in soft, pastel colors, including shades of beige, ivory, blue, and soft reds. The color palette and patterns give Oushak rugs a timeless and elegant appearance.

In terms of construction, Oushak rugs are hand-knotted using high-quality wool. The wool used is known for its lustrous and durable properties.

Interior Decorating With Oushak Rugs by Nazmiyal

Interior Decorating With Oushak Rugs

Oushak rugs are sought after by collectors and interior designers for their beauty, craftsmanship, and versatility. They can complement various home decor and interior design styles, from traditional to contemporary, and are often used to add warmth, texture, and visual interest to a room.

Where exactly is Oushak In Turkey?

Oushak, or Uşak, is a town located in the Uşak Province of western Anatolia, Turkey. It is situated approximately 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of the capital city of Ankara. Oushak is renowned for its historical significance in the production of fine rugs and carpets, particularly the Oushak rugs that bear its name. The town has a rich tradition of craftsmanship and weaving that dates back several centuries.

What are the characteristics of an Oushak rug?

Oushak rugs are known for several distinctive characteristics that set them apart from other types of rugs.

Dining Room Interior Design With Oushak Rug - Nazmiyal Rugs

Dining Room Interior Design With Oushak Rug

Here are a few of the main characteristics of Oushak rugs:

  • Design: Oushak rugs feature large-scale, bold designs. They often showcase central medallions surrounded by spacious, open fields. The patterns typically incorporate natural motifs, such as floral elements, vines, leaves, and palmettes. The designs are often stylized and abstract, with an emphasis on symmetry and balance.
  • Color Palette: Oushak rugs are recognized for their soft, muted color palettes. Earthy tones and pastel hues dominate, including shades of beige, ivory, pale blues, soft greens, and subtle coral or terracotta accents. The colors are harmoniously blended to create an overall serene and elegant aesthetic.
  • Soft and Thicker Pile: The Oushak rugs tend to have less rug knots per square inch. But what they may lack in weave quality, they more than make up for, with their soft feel and plush texture.
  • Patina and Aging: Oushak rugs develop a beautiful patina over time, which adds to their charm and value. The natural aging process enhances the colors and gives the rug a softer, antique appearance. The patina and wear patterns can vary, making each Oushak rug unique.
  • Versatility: Oushak rugs are highly versatile and can complement a range of interior styles. Whether used in traditional, transitional, or contemporary settings, Oushak rugs add warmth, texture, and a sense of timeless elegance to a space.
Antique Turkish Oushak Rug in Living Room Interior Design By Lee Ledbetter - Nazmiyal Rugs

Antique Turkish Oushak Rug in Living Room Interior Design By Lee Ledbetter

These characteristics generally apply to Oushak rugs, but variations can exist due to the creativity and individual craftsmanship of the weavers. Authentic Oushak rugs are still produced in the Usak region of Turkey, maintaining the traditional qualities that make them highly desirable.

Why Interior Designers Love Using Oushak Rugs in Their Home Decorating Projects?

In the interior design world, the “Oushak rug” is king.

Here are some of the reasons why interior designers love using Oushak rugs in their decorating projects:

Yellow Oval Room Decorated by Michael Smith featuring a large Oushak Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Yellow Oval Room Decorated by Michael Smith featuring a large Oushak Rug

At the end of the day, the Oushak rugs tend to make life easier for interior designers. This is because the rugs tend to enhance their surroundings, they do not fight with other decorative elements in the room, offer a lighter backdrop that is easy to decorate around and create a warm cozy and inviting feel. In many ways, these are extremely luxurious and high-end area rugs but they offer a quiet luxury style of look and feel that is extremely sophisticated yet welcoming.

How to Decorate with Oushak Rugs From Turkey?

The ancestral roots of our Turkish Oushak rugs give them a traditional feel with updated designs and colors that also make them perfect for contemporary rooms. The Turkish rugs that were woven in Oushak are some of the most versatile in terms of design and can be used in any traditional or modern room style. These area rugs in our collection can take on a more traditional role in the room, only with a color palette and larger scale relaxed patterns that are more aligned with modern color and home decor trends. Some of the area rugs and carpets in our collection have a more edgy, modern feel.

Room Decorated With Oushak Rug Interior Design By Alexa Hampton - Nazmiyal Rugs

Room Decorated With Oushak Rug Interior Design By Alexa Hampton

Here are a few ideas for using these beautiful area rugs in some of the most popular design trends of today.

Casual Elegance Of The Oushak Rugs

The antique Turkish Oushak rugs have been a part of traditional rooms for centuries. The antique rugs from Oushak allow you to blend traditional and modern elements for an updated look. Oushak rugs are the perfect touch for a formal dining room or in a room that features leather wingback chairs and hardwood floors.

Our Oushak rug collection features pieces that use traditional design in a way that is subtle and suited for modern tastes. They still have the feel of antique rugs, only with a wider and more varied palette of gentle color schemes and a distinctively decorative abstract rug flavor. Many of them feature soft decorative colors and rug patterns and motifs that tend to be larger in format and more casual in feel. This makes them perfect transitional rugs for rooms that blends vintage rugs and decorative items as well as modern pieces.

Edgy and Modern Look In These Antique Beauties

The diversity of designs and colors is one of the features that make these magnificent antiques stand out. These area rug styles range from those that are truly historic in look and feel to ones that feel far more edgy and quiet modern.

Library With Oushak Rug Interior Design By Thomas Jayne - Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Library With Oushak Rug Interior Design By Thomas Jayne

These more edgy looking pieces are perfect for creating a West Coast California chic decor feel that is expressive and makes use of contrast within the space. If your space has a New York warehouse feel or a more modern industrial interior design space, you can find more rustic area rugs in our Oushak collection that add character and create an aged feel to the space. Many of these decorative rugs are perfectly suited to complement concrete or bare brick walls with industrial lighting. They are also perfect for steel-framed glass walls that provide a view of the cityscape.

That said, these types of area rugs are so versatile that they can also work pretty effortlessly in interior designs that are more traditional as well as modern.

Modern Organic and Natural Feel Of The Antique Oushak rugs

Pieces that reflect the colors and patterns found in the natural world play an increasingly important role in the design world. Rugs that feature earthy colors such as browns, stone grays, watery blues, spicy reds, and rusty oranges bring a feeling of being in nature to the interior space. They create the same feeling as being in nature, which is why interior designers are turning to them to create a space that is perfect for relaxation and recharging the spirit. Styles, such as Eco-chic, Wabi-Sabi interiors, Danish modern design and other Nordic styles, favor pieces that have a natural, organic feel. These antique rugs are also easy to incorporate in mid century modern interior designs just as easily as they can be placed in minimalist interiors.

Oushak rugs are known for their abstract, casual larger scale designs and use of softer more decorative colorations. The designs of the Oushak rugs have a more tribal rug feel that reflects the whims and self-expression of the artist. They are often asymmetrical and seem to evolve along the length of the design, which enhances their reflection of the natural world. This gives them a primitive, folk art rug character that creates a garden-like feel within the space.

Oushak Rug In Family Room - Interior Design by Alexa Hampton - Nazmiyal Rugs

Oushak Rug In Family Room – Interior Design by Alexa Hampton

These features make Oushak rugs perfect for designs that feature natural materials, such as hardwood floors, driftwood, stone tiles and soft, textured accents. Many will have a more primitive, tribal rug feel that is perfect for a Boho chic interiors or eclectic decor style. The Oushak rugs in our collection are versatile enough to bridge modern and traditional decor styles to create a unique space that expresses your artistic tastes.

This delightful antique collection will serve as inspiration from ancient traditions but presents them in a way that serves as a design inspiration for a wide range of stylistic trends. Whether your home is a historic brownstone or a Baja-style ultra-modern space and even for a French provincial home decor style, you can find the perfect rug in this collection to suit your needs.

We encourage you to explore our antique Oushak rug collection that bring fresh, new ideas to traditional design. If you see that special piece that is the perfect finishing touch for your style, or if you would like to create your very own bespoke custom rug, then feel free to contact Nazmiyal’s friendly, knowledgeable staff, and we can make your design dreams a reality.

This interior design blog that talks about interior decorating with Oushak rugs was published by Nazmiyal Rugs

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