The Best Sources for Scoring Vintage Rugs!
Vintage rugs add timeless character to a room. Here’s where to buy vintage area rugs!
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Vintage Rugs are Timeless:
Vintage area rugs are inherently timeless – they have already stood the test of time, and are making their way back into contemporary design. I think they’re a major design trend of 2020, but they aren’t anything new, and I don’t think they’re going anywhere either!
An added benefit of these rugs is that they are incredibly durable due to the traditional weaving methods used by the tribes that created the rugs many years ago, so they 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. Allow their quirks, imperfections, and nuances to shine! They are a wonderful way to add color to a space that can easily be swapped out down the road when your tastes change – they will hold their value well!
One of the great things about investing in a vintage rug: it can always be resold in a few years. So have fun experimenting with different patterns and colors!
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Antique Rugs vs. Vintage Rugs:
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.
Antique rugs are a bit older, and will typically be more expensive, but not always. It’s important to invest in rugs that your drawn to whether they’re new, old, or super old! Don’t get too caught up in title and labels. Just buy what you love!
There are three types of Moroccan rugs: Beni Ourain, Berber, and Cactus Silk. When it comes to vintage Moroccan rugs, 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.
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.
Persian (Kilim Rugs)
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.
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Sources for Vintage Rugs
I have spent countless hours looking at 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. These are my favorite shops for sourcing and buying vintage rugs!
Revival rugs has an amazing collection, plus they make it easy to narrow down by size! You can also even use their room visualizer tool!
In addition to rugs, you can also find other vintage home goods here! The rugs are expertly curated to work well in any design!
I love Swoon Rugs for the very curated collection. Each rug is a beauty, and you won’t have to spend hours searching for a diamond in the rough. This is where I got my entryway rug from! Beautiful quality and color selections!
Shopping for vintage rugs on Etsy may take a little longer than shopping a curated site, but the money you’ll save makes it totally worth it! Etsy has the best prices by far! Here are some of my favorite Etsy shops:
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!
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.
A beautiful curated collection of stunning vintage rugs!
A friend of mine, and an amazing vintage rug and home goods shop!
Loom & Kiln
Vintage rugs and other lovely antiques from around the globe!
A vast array of vintage rugs ranging from colorful to neutral!
One of my favorite curated shops for vintage rugs!
They offer lots of amazing visualization tools to help you find the perfect vintage rug!
Chairish has a variety of amazing antiques and vintage finds, and their rug collection doesn't disappoint!
Lulu & Georgia
Lulu & georgia Offers a great variety of one-of-a-kind rugs!
VINTAGE INSPIRED REPLICAS
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!