The Best Sources for Scoring Vintage Rugs!

February 26, 2020

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! 

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.
design above: Amber Interiors | photography by Tessa Neustadt

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!

Types of Vintage Rugs

Moroccan

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

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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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.
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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!

Check out Mesa Vintage, Vintage Rug Shop, and The Southern Loom!

Revival 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!

Ollio Collective

In addition to rugs, you can also find other vintage home goods here! The rugs are expertly curated to work well in any design!

Swoon Rugs

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!

Etsy!

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:

Loom & Kiln

Loom & Kiln is based out of Utah and offers not only rugs, but beautiful ceramics, art, and decor pieces from around the globe. Hannah, the owner also has a beautiful instagram account!

Vintage Kilim Rug

Kilim Studio

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!

Vintage Kilim Moroccan Rug

Frances Loom  

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. 

Best Sources for Vintage Rugs

Frances Loom

A beautiful curated collection of stunning vintage rugs!

Ollio Collective

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!

Kilim Studio

A vast array of vintage rugs ranging from colorful to neutral!

Swoon Rugs

One of my favorite curated shops for vintage rugs!

Revival Rugs

They offer lots of amazing visualization tools to help you find the perfect vintage rug!

Chairish

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!


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  1. This blog post itself can save someone so much time!!!!! I cant imaging the time spent in researching all of these rug options. This is very informative and helpful.
    Thanks for sharing;)

  2. Thanks Chloe for this great post. It says it All. One thing that is important to keep in mind though are the people, most likely women, who make the rugs.
    Many resellers only pay the artisans the price of the materials to make the rug, so unfortunately not even enough for an artisan to feed their family.
    So when bargaining with resellers, do specifically ask who made it and where it was made. If they stutter, walk away.
    Another tip is to ask two separate people in the shop the same question and see if you get difference answers.
    There are some, but unfortunately few, resellers who truly take care of the artisans they source from so do your best to find these resellers.
    Of course, you can avoid all of this by using websites like Craftic.net which collects the products directly from artisans for a quite fair price, and the final cost is much lower than what you can get in in online or even local stores.
    With sites like these, you can get a great item with a greater price while ensuring the artisan was paid properly.
    Hope this helps!;)

    • Thank heaven for HomeGoods!!!! Seriously – where else can you buy pasta, cupcake mix, a rug, a new dress, and an iPhone charger all in once place??? Some of my favorite rugs from home goods are actually bathroom mats that were $16!!!!