Updated July 8, 2015. Fine Oushak rugs are arguably one of the world’s oldest fashionable interior calling cards. The art of Oushak rugs developed over hundreds of years in the villages of western Turkey. Today the ancient patterns of Oushak rugs are being copied in Afghanistan and India but the copies do not have the luxurious texture that is a hallmark of fine Oushak rugs. This unique texture is the result of weaving with the ancient Turkish knot and using lustrous hand spun wool and subtle shades of coral, gold, blue, geen and sometimes gray. This combination is found only in the finest Turkish Oushak rugs or in the Oushak rugs produced by specialists such as Asmara. Fine Oushak rugs bring an understated elegance to a room.
The Classic Accent of Oushak Rugs
Interior design by Timothy Corrigan. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
You have seen interiors like this where AD100 designer Timothy Corrigan chose a cream and coral Oushak rug to compliment a Frank Stella print, ancient Peruvian figure and fine English furniture in the 1930’s Lake Forest, Illinois home of art collector Diane Heller.
Asmara’s Kos Oushak rug has accents of green, gold, terracotta, pomegranate red and cream on a golden-beige background and is handmade with lustrous hand spun wool in the original Turkish knot. Kos is available in several sizes. Rug Design C. Asmara, Inc.
Image courtesy Better Homes and Gardens
With some thoughtful curating, you can easily bring a room packed with color and modern flair together around the rich accent of an Oushak rug. Just as Suzanne Kasler says, “It’s about knowing which things to add or take away so it looks and feels collected, not decorated.”
Interior design by Rafael de Cardenas. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
AD 100 designer Rafael de Cardenas paired a pale cream and gray Oushak rug with contemporary and Art Deco furniture.
Oushak Rugs help Maximize Functional Space
Carving out functional spaces within existing interiors is often difficult for homeowners. You might need to create a temporary study area for a visiting student, or an occasional work space for yourself. Using Oushak rugs as part of your home interior can help you find ways to create relevant pockets of isolation, even in your largest open spaces.
Interior design by Kelly Crago Hanson Interiors. Image courtesy Kelly Crago Hanson Interiors.
For example, this room in the 2012 ASO Decorators Show House by Kelly Crago Hanson Interiors features a discreet writing desk, which while tethered to the main room with a subtle Oushak rug in cream, blue and gold and careful accessory placement, provides a private corner for you to review your letters.
The Pera TG Oushak rug has gold, blue, green and brown accent colors and is hand made in the original Turkish Oushak knot with lustrous hand spun wool. Pera is available in a wide range of sizes. Rug Design C. Asmara, Inc.
A gray Oushak rug on a brown wood floor, wood beamed ceiling and cobalt blue accent pieces add style and warmth to an open plan living room. Interior design by Jauregui Architects.
Asmara’s Kiraz Oushak rug has a gray background and accents of blue, white and brown. Kiraz is hand made in the Turkish Oushak knot with lustrous hand spun wool and is not chemically washed. It is available in a range of sizes. Rug Design C. Asmara, Inc.
And here, we see how the subtle framework of a well-placed Oushak rug can provide a cozy nook at one end of a much larger, open room featuring high ceilings, custom lighting, and an eclectic mix of vintage and modern furnishings around the hearth. The tones of powder-coated iron are often used to echo the darker accents in the patterns of many Oushak rugs – here they help unify a room where the “collected” objects fall together naturally.
Use Oushak Rugs to Bring out the Best in Your Interiors
The true beauty of Oushak rugs comes from their ability to impart a rich variety of color and texture to any space. Completing your interior design project with an Oushak rug is an excellent way to give an air of whimsy to an otherwise formal space while combining a number of themes and styles into a single space.
Here are two more Asmara Oushak rugs that can inspire you to magically transformations a room:
The Pera Y Oushak Rug is packed with ancient motifs in contemporary colors. Handmade in the genuine Turkish knot with lustrous hand spun wool without chemical washing. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Asmara’s Celeste CF Oushak Rug has fresh leaf green colors on a cream background. It will help you give a unique personality to an interior with its mix of classic and contemporary styles. Celeste in handmade in the original Turkish Oushak knot with lustrous hand spun wool and is not chemically washed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.