Our Love for Oushak Rugs

oushak_rugs_2Although Oushak rugs (pronounced ooh-shack) date back to the 15th century, the style is as chic as ever – and has become the rug of choice for many of today’s designers. Originating from a Turkish town in the Anatolian Region called Usak, the ancient flat-woven rug possesses a versatility with a perfect blend of old and modern that seems to work in any style interior – which is exactly why the style is so popular. Throw down an Oushak, like our Valentino Rug (pictured above), and you’ll add instant polish without the fuss.

Oushak-Style Rugs from Ballard Designs

Oushak rugs are known for their distinct, richly faded hues that lend a naturally aged patina. The beauty of their washed palettes means these rugs can work like a neutral and play off your room’s existing furniture – so there’s no need to buy new curtains or pillows to make your new rug work. (Unless you’re looking for an excuse to, of course.)

Oushak-style Bella Rug from Ballard Designs

And if you own an Oushak, you’ll notice that it never looks exactly the same. Depending on the pile direction, weaving technique, luster of the wool and even the amount of daylight in the room, the color intensity varies depending on the angle you’re viewing it from. This chameleon-like quality only adds to its appeal!

Sheridan rug from Ballard Designs

Originally woven by Turkish nomads, Oushak rugs feature a loosely knotted construction, as opposed to the more formal look of a tightly woven Persian rug. You can see the knotted look in our Sheridan Rug above. Their casual, nomad construction influenced the pattern as well: Oushaks are known for their more grand-scale designs. Typically based on open, airy geometric motifs, these rugs often feature a large, central medallion with trailing vines and palmettes. Which is one more thing to love about them: their classical motifs are bound to outlast any current trend – and fickle tastes, too.

So if you’re looking for a rug that exudes casual elegance and looks as if it’s been living in your sun-filled room for years, then you might want to consider one of our Oushak-style rugs.

Browse more rug inspiration by following our Rugs and Flooring Pinterest Board, or browse our extensive collection of rugs online.

How to Decorate Team

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    June 22, 2015

    What is the paint color in the first room?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 22, 2015

      Hi Kathy,
      Try Benjamin Moore’s Simply White #OC-117.
      Best of Luck!

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    Jane S.

    April 1, 2015

    Top Photo of the cream colored sofa: what is the model and name of that and is it available in apartment-size: larger than a love seat but smaller than 80 inches (w)?

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    Sherry Javad

    January 9, 2015


    How do I decorate top of my fire place? Very similar to the picture above. Love to introduce a color but afair, leather tufted couch in eggshell color, walls are rich beige, shutters and fireplace is white.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 15, 2015

      Hi Sherry,

      Thanks for your comment! We would suggest first picking a piece of artwork that you really love. Try to shoot for something about 2/3 the width of your fireplace for size, and just pick a subject that really speaks to you. Then, once you’ve chosen some artwork that you really love, try pulling colors from the art piece into some accessories to artfully display on the mantel.

      For example, we think this piece Emerald Lake would look really lovely over a mantel. To place on the mantel, we would pair with it a preserved boxwood topiary to pull the greens from the painting, and perhaps some urns or demijohns in a pretty green color.

      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Ruthanna Esquivel

    June 24, 2014

    Do you have any more photos of the Bella Rug other than what is on the ballard web page?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 27, 2014

      Hi Ruthanna,

      Aside from the images on the Bella Rug product page on Ballarddesigns.com, you can actually see an up-close photo of the Bella rug in the third image of this blogpost. It should give you a feel for the pile of the rug and softness!

      Hope that helps.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    April 2, 2014

    Where are the cream/yellow pillows from in the first picture? I’ve been looking for some like that.

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    March 14, 2014

    Which rug is in the second photo?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 18, 2014

      Hi Sarah,

      That’s our Valentino Rug. So glad you like it!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team