Early Oushak rugs were known for incorporating star and medallion designs, and these motifs carried through when the tradition was revived in the 19th century. Additionally, 19th century Oushak rugs began to appear with floral and foliage patterns such as leaves, vines and palmettes in emulation of Persian designs. Color schemes for these rugs tend to be soft and muted, with pale peaches, dusty golds and soft ivories dominating, though it is possible to find some rugs featuring deep reds and blues.
When the Oushak tradition re-emerged in the 19th century, weavers were recruited from villages near Oushak and used tribal techniques such as wool foundations and larger knots. At 30 to 34 knots per square inch, Oushak rugs are loosely woven in comparison to a fine Persian rug, which usually employs close to 400 knots per inch. However, the use of fine, silky wool gives these rugs a sumptuous quality that exemplifies luxury.
While some of the earlier Oushak rugs do still exist, it is the 19th-century rugs that have become highly sought after for their size and decorative qualities. With distinctive designs and color palettes that complement even the most contemporary spaces, these rugs are a fine addition to any décor.