When I was about 10 years old, my parents took me to Istanbul, Turkey. I can still vividly remember the bazaar markets, the smells of spices, and most of all the apple tea and turkish delights they would give me at the rug store. That horrible rug store, we spent hours there. The man selling rugs would lure my mom in, and dad and I would have to reluctantly follow. The only thing good I knew would come of it was the delicious tea and sweet gummy treats. I can remember that man flipping the rugs around in his endless demonstrations. The rugs would turn different shades when they were placed in different directions. It was interesting the first few times, but after the 20th rug, I was over it.
But now, NOW, I wish I could go back! Oh how I wish I could get my hands on a fabulous Turkish Hand Knotted Rug for a great price! I was never really a fan of the pattern and colors in these style rugs, but something lately has me drooling over every single one I see.
What's more inviting than this warm antique rug in the foyer?
One reason I love a good vintage rug is because it looks better and better as it wears. No more throwing away a worn down rug because that's all part of its character and charm.
This muted toned is just so pretty. The subtle blush tones would go with any neutral home decor. I also just love that it's paired with modern furnishings and artwork. It just goes to show that a vintage rug can be so versatile.
Y'all, this designer, this blog, Studio McGee, is my all time favorite!! A kitchen is also my absoulte favorite place to put a vintage rug. It adds just the right pop of color and warmth to a mostly neutral area.
How perfect would this rug be in a kitchen or behind your island barstools?? SO PERFECT!
There are so many good sources these days to find vintage and antique rugs. One that I love is The Southern Loom. She always has new rugs to sell, but you better get the one you like quickly, otherwise someone else will probably beat you to it! Follow her on Insta, you'll thank me later (@thesouthernloom). Here's a small one from her website. At only $130, it's an affordable choice if you don't want to splurge on a large rug, which can get kind of costly. Wouldn't this just look great in a bathroom or powder room?
You can also find some great ones on Etsy.com. This one is an 11 foot runner and is reasonably priced at $498.00. I love the neutral tones and I think this would be perfect on dark wood floors! It would even look great on lighter colored floors or going down a long hallway. The beauty of these vintage rugs is that they can work just about anywhere!
Ok, so how perfect would this beautiful rug be in a baby girl's nursery?! For only $299, it wouldn't break the bank and would become an instant family heirloom.
If you're not quite ready to purchase a real vintage rug, there are also great and affordable vintage 'style' rugs out there. These don't cost as much, and they may not last as long, but are perfect if you just aren't ready to commit. Stay tuned for some of my favorite vintage style rugs later this week!!