Faded & Fabulous

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!)

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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:
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  1. Beautiful! Serious rug collectors will tell you never to place a rug on a bare floor without a pad under it.

  2. Or you can go to local auctions and find them for 1/4 of the price , which is probably where New Old House found them in the first place. Small rugs will go for $100-$300. Big rugs — room size and palace rugs — might be $800-$1500.

  3. yay for a great rug post ! Thank You !! While online can be an easy way to view one of a kind rugs, I must add a word of caution: You do not truly know the quality and condition of rugs until you see them in person, the best place to purchase vintage, antique or one of a a kind new rugs is at your local rug dealer.

  4. This is so helpful! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve been hoping you would do a post on rugs since they do seem to be so hard to find. I’ve been looking for one like the faded one you showed in your closet/dressing room in your renovation post so this is perfect. Thanks again!

  5. I love these kind of rugs. I just purchases a rug from One Kings Lane. It wasn’t an antique but had that kind of look. It was described as “power loomed”. I guess that’s a fancy way of saying “machine made”. LOL!

      1. Actually I am older so I remember in Paris in the 70s this was a big with modern furniture. I loved it then and I love it now too.

  6. I love antique Persian rugs, especially when they are paired with modern furniture. I think it brings a very cool balance of old and new. P.S. I’m loving the room in the first picture. Gorgeous!

  7. Depending how you look at the pictures, the interior looks like a 19th century or a modern, courageous one. Either way, I like it!

  8. Love Love Love these antique rugs, and have bought a couple online. Buyers beware, ask questions about the smell (though what smells bad to some may be inoffensive or “normal” to another). The last antique oushak I purchased on ebay smelled so bad I couldn’t keep it in the house! I washed it in the bathtub twice with different soaps, with no luck–just smelled like a wet version of the bad smell! Looked up rug cleaning solutions online and the following worked great: equal parts Borax and Baking soda (buy the big boxes), sprinkled liberally (I really went to town on the coverage) all over the rug. Directions said let sit for a day or two, but I let it sit for a week (in the garage), then I flipped it over and did the same on the back and let it sit for a couple more days (maybe overkill, but the smell was so bad). Vacuumed it up, and it was a miracle! No smell whatsoever. And thanks, Erin, for the great rug source!

    1. Katie,
      I have copied & pasted your comment to save in case I face this problem. Thank you for the hint!

  9. This is probably one of your most fun posts yet , for me at least! On my latest project I’m designing each room “from the rug up” which is a first, and is because I’ve been bitten by the vintage rug bug too. You’ve shown some gorgeous ones! Xxx

  10. BINGO!! Right on the money, again!! Something about the “sheen” or non-sheen of the over-dyed rug, etc. is just…soothing. I, too, have one in our kitchen (just the two of us now and we’re…neat :) I would have them in every room, if I could…I’ll check out your site! franki

  11. I am absolutely crushing on these area rugs! I have always loved the faded ones for their soft colors. I think they go great in any style décor. I am working on getting mine to fade right now!

  12. Welcome the world of Persian rugs. It is definitely not a new trend, but it is great to see more and more people are starting to enjoy the benefits of having a authentic persian rug. Not only bringing style to your home but can also be a great investment, if taken care of properly. Regular hoovering and checking for any damage is best to keep your Persian rug in great shape. Check out Sharafi And Co, we have plenty of shapes and sizes to forfill your need.

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