Don't Toss It—Here's How to Make Your Old Rug Look Brand-New

Gabrielle Savoie
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Sean LitchfieldDESIGN: Homepolish

Do you have a rug that has seen better days or that you're simply sick of, but you don't have the heart to throw it out? Maybe you inherited a Persian carpet from your family that doesn't fit your décor style, or maybe your pets have ruined a perfectly good hand-knotted flatweave rug. We have the solution for you: overdyeing. You've probably already seen the final product in interiors everywhere. Overdyed rugs came into fashion a few years ago, as retailers started upcycling vintage rugs that were worn beyond repair or simply outdated, and giving them a fresh life with a bright, new colorway.

The good news is that there's a way to re-create the look with your used rug. The one caveat is that it should be made out of wool or natural material, as synthetic rugs can't withstand the dyeing process. The process of overdyeing a rug is intensive, laborious, and it takes up a lot of room—it involves soaking it, bleaching it, dyeing it, and you often have to repeat the process until the desired finish is attained (sometimes up to seven times!). The good news is that many reputable rug-refinishing services are available like Rugzy in Los Angeles and Aelfie in New York so you can send your pre-loved rug to get a much-deserved makeover.

And if you don't have a rug to refinish but still love the look, we rounded up our favorite overdyed rugs in all sizes for all budgets.

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