Oriental Rugs Dictionary

Bird Oushak

A group of 16 and 17 Century rugs woven in Oushak. Their common design feature is a repeated arrangement of leaves or birds radiating from a blossom on a white field. The earliest known representation is in a rug painting by Hans Mielich done in 1557. These rugs usually have lines of reversing wefts or lazy lines on the back.

The design was so popular with Western market that it was often copied into European carpets in Spain or Donegal.