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For starters, vintage rugs are built to last. Hand-woven from durable materials like wool, vintage rugs were made to stand the test of time, not just the latest design trends. While many vintage rugs show imperfections like faded colors, the lack of rips and tears is a testament to how well-made they are. They’re also unique: Many are one-of-a-kind and handwoven by artisans who are employing centuries-old techniques. And finally, it’s the eco-friendly choice: Not only are you buying second-hand, but you’re also investing in a piece you can have for years.
Here, the best places to buy vintage rugs.
Revival doesn’t fall short on its motto “a one-of-a-kind rug shouldn’t cost a month’s rent.” Offering a wide range of vintage and new rugs, it simplifies the vintage shopping experience by letting you sort by style as well as size and country of origin. All vintage rugs are between 30 and 100 years old, and meticulously cleaned and even overdyed in cases of fading to make them look like new. It’s a best of both worlds situation that brings new life to a rug you can love for many years to come.
If you’re willing to do a little digging, there is no shortage of treasures to uncover on Etsy. One of the benefits of shopping in their marketplace is the price—many sellers are located in areas with rich weaving traditions, like Morocco or India, and ship directly to customers overseas. By cutting out a third party, you’ll save big on vintage rugs that would get a mark-up from an American-based seller.
Of course, you have to be willing to do the work of a buyer, wading through a veritable sea of options. It helps if you have a style you’re looking for so you can start narrowing down options on the site.
One Kings Lane
One Kings Lane offers a rotating selection of both vintage and antique rugs from around the globe. If you can look beyond the four-figure prices on some of their antique pieces, you’ll see a selection of rugs that range from Navajo to Swedish to Chinese and beyond. While many sellers specialize in a style or area of the world, the wide-ranging assortment might change up what you imagine when you think of a vintage rug.
If you’ve ever wished you had a designer best friend who could pick out your rugs for you, look no further than Sister Golden. Started by a mother-daughter duo back in 2014, the online shop curates unique vintage, thrifted, and artisanal goods from around the world. Their curated rug selection includes area rugs as well as mini rugs perfect for doormats, or even bath mats. They work with sellers in Morocco and Turkey to stock their shop.
Vintage Rug Shop
Brittany Chinaglia launched The Vintage Rug Shop in 2015 as a passion project. Now, it’s a full-fledged online (and brick and mortar) store selling décor and furniture for every corner of your home. Rugs, though, remain the centerpiece of the store, and for a good reason.
The vintage rugs are sourced primarily from Turkey and Persia and vary in color, but taken together, it’s easy to see a theme: dreamy, laid-back colors and patterns that evoke California cool. The prices aren’t low, but each piece is heirloom-quality and guaranteed to be treasured for years.
If you know exactly what you’re looking for, or just want to see the vast selection of rugs out there, eCarpet Gallery is a great place to browse. You can quickly narrow down by color, size, and style, or browse their curated collections by room for inspiration.
eCarpet Gallery sells both new and vintage rugs, as well as “semi-antique.” While there is no hard definition for antique vs. vintage, generally you can expect a semi-antique rug to be on the older side (between 50 and 100 years old).
In addition to new rugs, Rejuvenation has a small but mighty selection of vintage rugs you can peruse. While many vintage rug sellers specialize in rugs from the Middle East, Rejuvenation is notable for selling Navajo rugs from the early 20th century. The big, bold geometric patterns add a pop of color to any room they’re in.
If you see a style you love, be sure to act fast—there tends to be only one of each vintage style, so you'll want to add to cart before it sells out.
Perhaps the mega-retailer's best-kept secret, you can shop one-of-a-kind rugs alongside their more easily identifiable modern rugs. With well over 100,000 to choose from on a given day, it can feel a bit like going to the digital version of a flea market—but if you’re up for it, you’ll find a wide range of options at a range of price points. There aren’t many other places where you can find vintage area rugs under $250 sold alongside rugs that sell for close to $200,00 dollars.
Chairish takes some of the guesswork out of buying second-hand from sellers across the country by vetting each item and coordinating selling. Their rugs come from antique stores and dealers across the country, allowing you to peruse a wide variety of rugs from the comfort of your couch.
You can shop rugs by style and size, or look at seller’s individual pages if you like their inventory. You can even peruse items close to you that could be picked up in a matter of days, no shipping required.
Kilim Studio specializes in kilim rugs, a flat-weave, zero pile rug made with wool. Run by a brother-sister team in Istanbul, the from-the-source shipping (which is usually free!) means you’ll be paying less for truly stunning vintage rugs.
In addition to cleaning and repairing rugs before selling them, Kilim Studios will also overdye or distress rugs to give them that lived-in feel. Whether you want something that looks comfortably lived-in or as bright as the day it was made, you’ll find it here.
If you love the sumptuous textures and colors of Berber rugs, look no further than Coco Carpet’s selection of vintage rugs. The rugs found on this site come in a wide array of colors, from black and white to contrasting jewel tones and faded pastels. Each rug is sourced from the Azilal and Boucherouite people who make them and is one-of-a-kind. All rugs are also named by the founder, Karly Coco, for added whimsy. What kind of story will your rug tell?
Merak, which means "curiousity and wonder" in Turkish, carries a not too big, not too small range of rugs from Anatolia. Their carefully curated rugs include kilim and vivid overdyed rugs; their naturally-aged collection, which embraces the beauty of faded rugs, proves that muted color palettes are far from boring. Most of Merak’s rugs are around sixty years old and were made to last another half-century at least with regular care.