How Do I Choose the Best Vintage Rugs?

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Decorating with vintage rugs is one way to provide a unique point of interest to your home. Choosing such rugs requires you to consider a number of factors including condition, price, and style. You may also want to consider the material from which the rug is made.

Condition is extremely important when evaluating vintage rugs. The age of the piece and how well it has been cared for contributes to how well it will hold up in your home. Threadbare or delicate rugs may not be suitable for high-traffic areas and may, in fact, make better wall hangings than floor coverings. Rugs that have been damaged by insects, mildew, or heavy use can sometimes be cleaned, reconditioned, or repaired, but you will want to take the associated costs into account when making your choice.

You may find a wide range of materials when looking at vintage rugs. Remember that many materials, such as wool, leather, and fur, require special care and may be more difficult to clean than cotton or other materials. In addition, you will want to consider whether any member of your family has allergies that could be aggravated by the material. Once you've selected a rug, it is important to check for a slip-proof back. If your rug doesn't have one, you can purchase rug pads that prevent material from sliding on slick floor surfaces such as hardwood and tile.


A number of factors come into play when considering style. The first is size. Vintage rugs can be small like throw rugs, large enough to cover a sizable room, or anywhere in-between. Take a good look at your space, and take measurements to determine the approximate size you're looking for.

Colors are also important. While the rug need not match your existing color scheme precisely, it should complement it. As a general rule, neutrals work well with any color scheme, but you may also want to choose a rug that picks up the accent colors of your room.

Design is another major style factor. The term vintage covers a wide range of periods, including art deco and arts and crafts. Vintage rugs from different parts of the world may have very different patterns and styles. As with color, the overall style of the rug should complement your room's design.

Vintage rugs can vary in price based on age, size, and original quality among a host of other factors. When decorating a room or area, it is wise to first determine the amount you can spend. Always choose rugs that fit both your style and your budget.


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