Blue Oushak Rugs – Making a Statement With Any Style

“When you buy a quality wool rug that will last a lifetime, it’s good to know it will be adaptable to any decorating style you ask it to support. What I love most about these Blue Oushak rugs is that they make a statement and do it in any style”.

Bill Barr, Interior Designer, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Formal Oushak Rug Room SettingThe Anatolia Oushak rug in a scheme for a formal living room. This Oushak rug will work just as well in an informal scheme (to be featured in tomorrow’s post). Not every rug has the ability to suit two or more completely different styles, but buying a rug that can, assures you that it is an investment worth making. Sources for furniture at bottom of post.

I have had the pleasure of designing with Asmara rugs for many, many years so writing a guest blog seemed only natural.  I would love to share some design tips – specifically on how to decorate with their Blue Oushak Rugs – in my first guest blog.  

Asmara’s Anatolia and Lycia Oushak rugs are exactly what’s hot in the design world right now. Soft subtle colors reign supreme when it comes to area rugs in today’s better homes, and well made quality monochromatic rugs are hard to come by. I avoid rugs that are chemically washed and insist on never using machine made rugs, making Asmara a natural choice.  

Not every rug has the ability to suit two (or more) completely different styles, but buying a rug that can, assures you that it is an investment worth making…

These days people tend to move more than they used to.  Work takes us to different cities and creating families requires larger homes. So when you buy a quality wool rug – that will last a lifetime – it’s good to know it will be adaptable to any style you ask it to support…

The Anatolia and the Lycia rugs from Asmara are exactly that!

Oushak Rugs in History

Oushak rug motifs are steeped in tradition; they originated in the small town of Oushak in west central Anatolia Region (which is the ancient Greek geographic and historical term for the region that comprises the majority of modern day Turkey).  Oushak designs are typically stylized leaves and vines because most weavers’ religious views do not allow them to depict people and animals.  What is not so typical is the soft and cool color palette of the Anatolia and Lycia Oushak rugs. 

The Anatolia and Lycia Oushak rug’s variations in shading and texture gives them the look of an antique, but they achieve this naturally and without employing harsh chemical washes.  Traditionally Oushak rugs are woven in tones of golds and reds so the pale blues and aquas of the Anatolia and Lycia rugs make them updated and fresh. 

My Formal Living Room Scheme with a Blue Oushak Rug

And that brings me to how the Anatolia or the Lycia Oushak rug can work in more than one style or environment.  One of many rooms that could be inspired by this quality rug is a formal living room (see scheme above).  I chose a deep aqua velvet sofa and a pair of slipper chairs with a wonderful texture, like tufting, and upholstered in a buttery soft leather in a pale color that compliments these winning rugs.  A burnished gold coffee table with a glass top adds a bit of polish but still allows the rug to be fully appreciated. The room painted a warm beige like Skimming Stone (#241) from Farrow & Ball will set off the cool tones in the rug.  The walls being just deeper than the light sofa and chairs, would accent the deeper neutrals in the rug and allow the stronger blues in the rug to be an accent color.  A pair of pillows and the blue sofa in a deep aqua would balance, support and celebrate the rug. 

Sources:

Anatolia Oushak Rug, Sofa Blue , Sofa White , Chair , Coffee table , Darker blue paint , Lighter blue paint , Light

Tomorrows post will feature an informal, contemporary living room scheme. You can read more about Oushak rugs in my Design blog.


 

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