Quality and often for long term use, vintage items are increasingly in the spotlight these days. It’s no longer just Grandma’s old lamp or Grandpa’s late WWI furniture, but a trendy style that is appreciated by many. You are certainly part of the vintage wave if you are looking for a rug that will blend perfectly into your vintage living room to give it the desired look and harmony.
WHY CHOOSE VINTAGE?
There are several reasons why you might choose vintage for your living room. Here are a few of them.
Vintage, a guarantee of durability
Whether it’s a rug or any other object, vintage has a reputation for being very durable. This probably has something to do with the fact that many vintage items are made by hand using age-old techniques, rather than using machines. Vintage accessories only get better with time like good wine. They may fade slightly with use, but this creates an even more attractive result. Basically, aging and wearing over time only makes these items, especially rugs, more unique, so you don’t have to worry about putting one in a high traffic area like the living room. Still, remember to turn the rug over every couple of years to ensure even wear on both sides.
Vintage, a great versatility
Vintage rugs are the most obvious solutions for a vintage living room. However, their use does not stop there. These items have the advantage of being able to adapt to different types of decorations and styles. In addition, you can get rugs for your living room, but not only. Vintage rugs are used in many rooms, so they can easily be moved from one room to another without destroying the harmony of styles in your home. Buying a vintage rug for your living room also means having an overall vision of the decorative elements of your home today and tomorrow.
Vintage, maintenance savings
Vintage rugs are great allies for people who would like to not have to wash their carpet every day. They hide dirt and wear very well. Best of all, many vintage rugs are made of wool, which is very easy to clean if you spill something on it. Avoid using chemical cleaners, however. If you’re the clumsy type, opt for a living room rug in rich browns, mossy greens and rust colors. Spotting stains on these items is a real challenge.
Vintage, freshness is the name of the game
When it comes to decorating, vintage doesn’t have to be synonymous with ugly or old-fashioned. Many vintage rugs work perfectly with the silhouettes of today’s furniture. In addition, there are many designs with contemporary patterns and colors.
WHICH RUG TO CHOOSE?
Need some inspiration on how to buy a rug that will perfectly suit your vintage living room? This list will certainly give you some ideas.
The Tulu Rug
Tulu is the English pronunciation of the Turkish word “tüylü” which means hairy. It is pronounced “two-lou”. Tulu rugs are unique in that they are long-piled and woven with large knots. They are made from the long, curly hair of the angora goat (mohair), which makes them shiny, silky and soft to the touch. Tulu rugs are prized for their bold, graphic quality. The earthy tones of this rug would look lovely in a vintage living room, layered with a larger sisal or jute rug.
The Heriz Rug
The Heriz rug, also spelled Herīs, is an oriental rug handmade in one of the villages near the town of Herīs, east of Tabrīz in northwestern Iran. Heriz rugs are generally room-sized, sturdy, practical and attractive. They have found a customer base and a demand market in Europe and the United States. They are apparently an offshoot of Tabrīz rugs, a country version of urban styles. The soft curves and flowing lines of a sophisticated Tabrīz medallion system are translated into hard geometric angles and broken contours. Repetitive patterns are less common, and a border of jagged vines and rosettes is characteristic. The 1960s Heriz rug would be perfect for covering a gray or navy blue sofa.
The Faded Rug
If you want something a little more subdued, find a vintage style with what’s called a faded hash. In effect, the wear and tear over time here produces a soft, faded look that mutes the original color palette and gives that slightly aged, but still beautiful result.
The Oushak carpet
Oushak carpets are carpets from the city of Oushak, located in west-central Anatolia. Nowadays, it is just south of Istanbul, Turkey. Unlike other Turkish carpets, those from Oushak were greatly influenced by Persian motifs. From the birth of the Ottoman Empire, Oushak was a particularly important center of carpet production.
The Konya carpet
The Konya carpet is a carpet woven by hand in or around the city of Konya, in south-central Turkey. Pieces of ancient carpet have been found in the ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn mosque in Konya and attributed to the 13th century and the ruling Seljuks. Do you have a thing for stripes? Then this golden type is for you. Mustard-colored stripes are punctuated by red and burnt orange geometric bands in this traditional Konya flat weave.