Vintage area rugs add timeless character to a room. Here's where to buy vintage area rugs that are truly aged, plus a few replicas for good measure.
Vintage area rugs are inherently timeless - they have already stood the test of time, and are making their way back into contemporary design. These rugs are incredibly durable due to the traditional weaving methods used by the tribes that created the rugs many years ago, and will continue to age beautifully.
I am currently searching for a set of beautiful vintage runners for our hallway, which is one of the reasons this blog post was born. I am a huge fan of white everything, but I am drawn to the colorful patterns of vintage Persian rugs. These handmade textiles are like art for the floor, and shouldn't be taken too seriously. They are a wonderful way to add color to a space that can easily be swapped out down the road when your tastes change. One of the great things about investing in a vintage area rug: it can always be resold in a few years. So have fun experimenting with different patterns and colors!
When searching for vintage or antique area rugs, it's important to know that in rug terms vintage is anywhere between 1920-1970, and antique is any time prior to 1920. This can help narrow down your search if you are on the hunt for a particular style. There are many different styles of vintage area rugs including: Turkish, Persian, and Moroccan.
Moroccan rugs can be broken down into: Beni Ourain, Berber, and Cactus Silk. We most commonly see Berber and Beni Ourain. Beni Ourain (a subset of Berber) and Berber rugs are made of wool from different Moroccan tribes. There are 17 tribes in Morocco that create Beni Ourain rugs, these rugs are known for their simple patterns and neutral colors, and can be incorporated into modern design very easily. If you aren't ready to add color to the space, investing in a vintage Beni Ourain is a great option.
Vintage Persian rugs are generally handwoven, dyed using natural dyes, and are grouped into what is called Kilim Rugs. They are known for their bold patterns and intricate designs. Persian rugs are made with a single knot technique and often have oriental, elegant, and round designs with a medallion in the center. Whereas Turkish rugs (which are very similar to Persian rugs) are woven with a double knot technique. Most Turkish rugs are woven with straight, geometric designs that feature tribal and meaningful motifs.
I have spent countless hours looking at vintage rugs for our home, and have found a few sites that are full of really beautiful options. From neutral to colorful, you will have no problem finding the perfect rug for your home.
Etsy: Woven in Vintage
Lance Putnam opened Woven in Vintage after working for an interior design firm in Greenville, South Carolina. You can find vintage Persian, Moroccan, and Turkish area rugs at really wonderful prices!
ETSY: Beniourain carpets
Beni Ourain rugs are known for their neutral color palettes and beautiful geometrics designs. They are a subset of Berber rugs and are handmade in Morocco. They are very fluffy and soft, and this Etsy shop has a really great selection of them!
loom & kiln
Loom & Kiln is based out of Utah and offers not only vintage area rugs, but beautiful ceramics, art, and decor pieces from around the globe. Hannah, the owner also has a beautiful instagram account!
Kelly Vittengl is a London based interior designer with a passion for well-loved pieces. She opened France Loom in 2004, and continues to scour flea markets for beautiful vintage rugs. France Loom pieces are cleaned and mended before being offered for sale, so you're sure to receive a product that is fit for your home. Kelly has an awesome instagram as well, new rugs added every Thursday 11 am EST.
Based in New Jersey as well as Turkey, Kilim offers area rugs at really great prices.
You can find vintage, antique, and replica rugs here!
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If your budget doesn't allow for truly vintage, or if you're in search of a specific size rug, try one of these vintage inspired area rugs!