Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that vintage rugs are everywhere these days. At Graham Hill Design we believe in designing rooms that will stand the test of time and stay true to a classic aesthetic. Vintage rugs are a favorite design trend here because they’re not really a trend at all. Vintage rugs will always be classic and they’re one of the easiest ways to add warmth, character and texture to any room. I can’t think of a room that doesn’t look good with a vintage rug. One of the questions I get most often from clients is where to find good a good one, so today I’m going to share my tips.
My main source for where to find vintage rugs is Etsy, where you can find dozens and dozens of vintage rugs. The trick is not to get overwhelmed by the choices. First I suggest you measure the space you are shopping for weather that’s a kitchen, hall, bathroom or other. Larger rugs can get very pricey so if this is your first vintage rug purchase, consider trying one out in a smaller space like an entry, bath or kitchen. One thing to keep in mind is that unlike a cotton rug, they aren’t washable so if you are going to put them in a high traffic area like a kitchen or entry, consider going with a darker color which will hide wear and tear and allow you to go a while between cleanings. I have a few rugs in rotation at my house so I have a back up when one is at the cleaner. Next, type in ‘vintage rugs’ in your Etsy search or start with some of the Etsy shops I’ve linked at the end of this post. Some shops will let you narrow down searches by color, type and/or sizes and when you see a rug you love, make sure to check the size and save in your “favorites” so you can start to narrow down your choices. Also, be sure to check the return policy of the shop as sometimes colors can be a bit off on your computer screen and when your rug arrives if it’s not quite what you expected, you’ll want to know you can return. Lastly, be patient. It can take a little time to find “the one”, but trust me when I tell you it will be worth it!
Here are some examples of vintage rugs in all types of rooms and some links below to some I’ve picked out from my favorite sources.