Lute and oud have extraordinary wide range of tonal and technical possibility of expression.
The origin of oud belongs to the ancient times and similar instruments were used by the Sumerian, the Babylonian and ancient Egyptian. In Arabic culture, oud is played as “king of the instruments” until today.
The oud found his way to Europe in medieval times it became “lute”. From the Middle Ages until “Piano” was found, the lute was regarded as “king of the instruments”.
Oud and lute have same origins indeed, but they have amazingly different character of sound. They complement optimally each other to express most diverse elements.