Monday, August 29, 2016

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Oushak Rugs

Oushak rugs have always been my favorite style of carpet to place in a room, whether the decor leans more traditional or contemporary. These rugs utilize a particular group of designs that are called by convention after the city of Usak, Turkey.  Usak was one of the larger towns in Western Anatolia, which was a major center of rug production from the early days of the Ottoman Empire.  They often have a silky wool composition and more muted, soft colors like ivory, gold, blues and greens, with touches of terracotta. To me, they create a nice added element to a space without feeling overwhelming.  They often feature geometric or floral patterns:

I find oushaks to be much more palatable and unique than European aubussons (ick!) or those awful Beni Ourain rugs everyone seems to love.   But hey, that's just me.

My Favorite Vintage Rug Sources:

And here are a few gorgeous oushaks I found for sale online (and just love!):

5.4' x 8.2' Vintage Oushak via Splendid Rugs- $389:

1.5' x 3' Vintage Oushak Rug via Old New House- $315:

Vintage Turkish Oushak - 111" x 61"-  $522

Antique Oushak Rug- 2'11" x 5' 8"- $1,450:
Oushak Turkish Rug- 6' x 8' 2" - $900:

So what are your thoughts on oushaks- perfectly dated or too traditional?

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