Oushak, Meshach, and Abednego?

12 Mar

What is an oushak rug? What is a sumak rug? What is a sarouk rug? Designers throw these names around to make a rug sound impressive and special, but what do these words mean? I get asked this question a lot so I will explain.

An “Oushak” or otherwise known as “Ushak” rug is a carpet woven in the city of Usak, Turkey. In the 15th century European markets, these rugs were also called “Lotto Rugs”. They are most recognizable by there “star” or “medallion” design, but their design has extend past that over time.

Here are some beautiful examples of “Oushak” rugs





This rug a great example that not all antique rugs are dark and heavy, there are tons of antique rugs out there in every color.

 “Soumak” carpets are a rare type of “Kelim”, getting there name from the old town of Shemakja (Republic of Azerbaijan). They both have a flat-woven style. “Soumak’s” are embroidered and its embroidery threads are not cut off at the back. They are good for high traffic areas because they are very durable.

Here are some beautiful examples of “soumak” rugs






 A “Sarouk” rug is a carpet woven in Arak, Iran in the late 19th and 20th century. There are several different types of “Sarouk” rugs, each with a very in depth background. “Sarouk” rugs can be very expensive. If you are interested in purchasing one and want to know more about them go to this link http://www.internetrugs.com/blog/sarouk-type-persian-rugs/ for an in depth history. You will want to make an informed purchase to avoid getting ripped off.

Here are some beautiful “Sarouk” rugs





I can’t forget one of my favorites, and more well known type of antique rug the “French Aubusson”. Aubusson rugs were originally flat-woven tapestries made in France.  They usually have a floral motif.

Here are some beautiful “Aubusson” rugs









I love using antique rugs in my designs, and am a firm believer that there is an antique rug out there for every style.

Here are some examples of  great antique rugs in every style of room. They add so much character.















2 Responses to “Oushak, Meshach, and Abednego?”

  1. Candice March 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    I love all these rugs. My mother in law has a huge collection of antique rugs throughout her house and they look amazing!!

  2. Alphonso March 10, 2010 at 2:27 am #

    And this is the main reason I like designfabulous.com. Incredible posts.

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