Happy Friday! I thought I would devote this post to vintage oriental rugs - one of my favorite things to look for when I'm out scouting. This is an addendum to last week's Flea Market Friday about what I like to buy vintage. I've saved the best for last!
If you keep your eyes open, you'll find good deals on old orientals.
Orientals can be really expensive if you buy through a rug dealer, but if you keep your eyes open, you'll see them at estate sales, antique shops and flea markets. When I was working at the Red Bank Antique Center, someone pulled up in their pick up truck with an amazing geometric Heriz oriental in the back. They were about to sell it to another dealer for $50 but then I offered $75 and got it! Turns out it's worth over $2000. It's now in my family room and has taken a beating but is looking better than evah!
I've found several rugs at the local antique centers for total bargains. Don't worry about frayed or cut off edges - it just adds to the charm and if it's worth it, you can get them repaired. I have this rug in my hallway and the lack of fringe doesn't bother me one bit. What you focus on are the great colors and design.
The icky factor
I ALWAYS get used rugs cleaned. You don't know where they've been and what they've seen. If it's small enough, you could probably clean it on your own. If not, use a professional oriental rug cleaner. For those in the Monmouth County area, I can recommend a good one.
Where to put oriental rugs...
There's something about an old oriental in a kitchen. It instantly adds comfort and coziness to the space. Put it in front of the sink, door or under the table. I wouldn't put a huge one in the kitchen because it would be really hard to keep clean, but there's nothing like a little oriental in the kitchen.
Entries are always great for orientals because they hide dirt and wear so well.
If you're looking to put one in a larger room, I love the look of a layered rug. I have this one in my bedroom layered on top of a wool sweater rug. It adds so much to the space.
Here's another example of an oriental layered on top of a larger seagrass rug.
How about an oriental in a bathroom? Makes the bathroom even more luxurious and really warms things up!
Well that's it for this week's Flea Market Friday! I have some great sources for orientals which I'm happy to share! In the meantime, happy scouting!
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