Ten tips on buying a vintage rug (Pt. I)

Perhaps one of the most overwhelming aspects for new homeowners is embarking on the adventure of buying a vintage rug.  The first two factors are budget and rug placement, this will automatically eliminate numerous potential options.  If it is a heavily trafficked area of your home you will want to make sure it will wear properly.

Here is a list of ten important tips to assist with buying the right vintage rug:

1) Make sure it lies straight.  If there are any curves unfortunately this cannot be fixed and you will be stuck with it.

2) Look closely at the edges to determine if they are frayed or are beginning to fray.  This is a sign that the rug may be coming apart.

3) Check to make sure the ends are neat and not unraveling, and that there are no tears.

4) Ask to see the other side of the rug.  If the reverse side has a much stronger color ask if the rug has been chemically washed or treated.

5) When checking the back see if there are any areas that are more loosely woven. Often the front side can mask these imperfections.  Here you can also inspect the rug to determine if it is bulging or there are holes that may not be visible on the front.

6) Closely compare the colors on both sides, if there is a lot of variation between the two that is a bad sign.  If the front is more vivid than the back ask if the rug has been painted.

7) Try to determine whether the rug looks lustrous and shining or dry and dull.

8) Ask about what kind of dyes were used on the rug. In vintage rugs natural dyes are much more desirable than synthetic dyes. As a general rule synthetic dyes tend to look harder and harsher then the more harmonious subtleties achieved by vegetable and mineral dyes.

9) Find out where the rug was made and research the labor laws of that country to make sure it is not a product of child labor.

10) Ask wether restoration is included in the purchase price, or if the rug is to be sold “AS IS”.

Here are some of my favorite vintage Moroccan hand knotted wool rugs.





By |2019-06-03T16:14:16-04:00June 21st, 2013|Accessories, Floor covering|


Following up on an earlier article on designing with blacks or dark grays, another option is to limit the darker colors to just the flooring and/or accent pieces. Accent walls are also a possibility but it really depends on the layout of the room, the direction of the natural light and the function of the wall in question. Dark accent walls are particularly effective in workstation areas because they limit the reflectivity of a lighter wall color when staring at a computer for extended periods of time.

The downside to dark wood floors is that they need to be cleaned frequently. A cerused finish on dark flooring is a great option if you are concerned about maintenence. If you have existing wood floors and do not have the budget to purchase new flooring, they can always be sanded and refinished in a darker color which will completely transform the look of the space.dark wood floors _ cerused oak

dark wood floors _ living room

black wood floors_ kitchen

dark wood floors _ study & kitchen

By |2019-06-09T13:45:08-04:00February 20th, 2013|Dining room, Entry, Floor covering, Kitchen, Materials & Finishes|

Luxurious Cowhide Rugs

These luxurious hide rugs are made with hair-on-hide leather creating geometric patterns. The texture and natural color variation adds a natural look of the hide itself. These high end cowhide rugs are available in a variety of designs and colors and can be custom sized to the clients specifications.  As a floor cover, these luxury cowhide rugs finish any space making it luxurious and sophisticated.

cowhide rug design

high end cowhide rug

luxury cowhide rugs

By |2019-06-11T17:28:40-04:00January 26th, 2013|Floor covering|
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