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Why Buy a Vintage One of a Kind Hand Knotted Rug

Why Buy a Vintage One of a Kind Hand Knotted Rug - Krazy For Rugs

Why Vintage Rugs are Almost Always a Good Idea

Well, if you ask designers, vintage rugs are worth it, especially if you’re looking for something that could be heirloom-worthy one day. And turns out there are some styles that might be better than others, at least in terms of longevity. Here’s why vintage rugs are pretty much always a good idea, in your living room and beyond—plus, what to look for if you can splurge on one and how to make sure it lasts for the long haul. 

Vintage Rugs Can Last Forever

When it comes to area rugs—and really lots of things, they just don’t make ‘em like they used to. It probably has something to do with the fact that so many vintage rugs are handmade using age-old techniques, versus machines (though you can certainly find new rugs still made by hand, too). “Vintage rugs only get better with time,” says Audrey Margarite, a Decorist elite designer. “They may fade slightly with use, but this creates the most beautiful patina.” Basically, getting older and timeworn only makes vintage rugs more unique, so you don’t have to worry about putting one in a high traffic area like the living room.

Embrace any quirks but also remember to rotate your rug every couple of years. This will ensure the carpet gets even foot traffic so it wears more uniformly. You also want to avoid over-exposure to intense sunlight and moisture when possible. 

They’re Super Versatile 

“I’ve always loved vintage rugs because they feel classic and can be mixed with many different design styles,” says Caitlin McBride, a Decorist classic designer. She suggests looking for something with a neutral base that has small pops of color in it. That’s precisely why geometric Heriz carpets, among other styles, are so great. They basically hand you a room color palette on a platter—all you have to do is take the accent colors woven throughout your rug and repeat them throughout the rest of your space in the form of art, accessories, pillows, throw blankets, and more. And yes, vintage rugs obviously work outside of living rooms—and can pack the same decorative punch in dining areas, bedrooms, home offices, and even kitchens.

Low Maintenance is Their Middle Name

“Vintage rugs are very forgiving,” says Margarite. “They hide dirt and wear very well!” Even better, many vintage rugs are made of wool, which is super easy to clean, should you spill something—just steer clear of chemical cleaners. If you’re the clumsy type, Margarite recommends Turkish Oushaks in rich browns, mossy greens, and rust colors. Spotting stains on these guys is a real challenge.

Vintage Patterns Feel Fresh

When it comes to rugs, “antique” certainly doesn’t have to mean stodgy or dated. So many vintage rugs play well with today’s furniture silhouettes. And as Margarite points, there are plenty of styles with patterns and colorations that feel totally current.