When it comes to rugs, there’s no shortage of options, but finding the right vintage one can be tricky. Especially since the rug’s age plays a big role in its longevity, a vintage one needs to be well-maintained—regular vacuuming and rotation and professional cleaning once a year are the best practices. With a little sleuthing, however, you can find a vintage rug that fits your home and budget. Here, our Assistant Shopping Editor Angela Belt shares her three favorite places to score a Turkish rug for under $5,000:
One of the best places to find a vintage rug is on Etsy—but you’ll need to be willing to wade through a veritable sea of options. To make the hunt easier, narrow your search down to kilim rugs, which are flat-weave, zero-pile pieces made with wool. Then, check out Kilim Studio, a Turkish-based company that hand-cleans and repairs its rugs (they also overdye or distress them to give them an aged look). The brothers-sister team ships directly from Istanbul to buyers, cutting out the markup that’d typically happen when buying through an American seller.
With their luscious natural abrash gradations and whimsical botanical motifs, Turkish rugs are a go-to for rustic homes and palatial drawing rooms alike. And thanks to their superior craftsmanship, they often boast a higher knot count than most other antique rugs, meaning that they’re more durable and will last for years. vintage turkish rugs