In the past two years I have taken a major shining to faded, antique Persian-style rugs as have MANY interior designers the world over. It’s not a NEW trend by any means, but I think the use of these traditional style rugs in modern design is rather new.
They work in ANY space, really. Traditional, transitional, modern, minimalist- you name it. Why they work so well is because they add soft pattern and color without being graphic and they add a softness to rooms that may otherwise feel cold and stark.
They work fabulous in kitchens and bathrooms too (I have one in my kitchen I LOVE- it’s hard wearing and hides everything!)
Another example of how this style rug warms up an otherwise modern space.
Layered over sisal or jute rugs you can utilize smaller size rugs, a helpful budget-friendly tip as the large room-size rugs can run into the five figures!
Finding these rugs can be hard- Etsy and Ebay certainly have their fair share but you have to know what to search for (keywords to try: antique persian rug, antique oushak, vintage persian rug, overdye rugs, vintage anatolian rug). But recently I found an amazing source via Etsy, Old New House. They have an incredible selection of to die for rugs, truly one of the best I’ve come across online. Here are some of my favorites, all from their website: