Ah, the Persian rug trend. I used to find this trend VERY frustrating. I had so desperately wanted the perfect vintage rug for each room. I mean, is a kitchen even Pinterest worthy without one? I looked so hard for the right one while we lived in the condo. It didn't take long for me to realize that a vintage rug was not in the cards - I brainstormed ways to approach Ty with, "Hey babe, I found the perfect rug for the living room....it was only $3,000." Because I want to stay married to the love of my life, I bagged the whole vintage rug idea and moved on. Fast forward one year, and vintage rugs, or ateast good knock offs, are readily available if you do just a little digging.
I actually prefer a good dupe versus the real thing. Most vintage rugs that I have analyzed in person feel coarse and dirty. I know there is beauty to authentic history, but I don't want to hang out on a dirty rug. A good vintage faux is new, clean, and generally WAY less $. Take caution though - Most fakes are BAD. I mean, really bad. Cheesy. Be sure to look through close up photos online to determine the texture and color. Avoid anything too bright - muted colors will look more authentic. Look for a low pile versus shag. Bonus points if you can find one with fringe on the ends! I have five good dupes in my house. I get a lot of questions about where I source these rugs. Today. I am going to share my favorite "go to" spots for a good "Vintage" rug.
1. World Market
I feel like World Market is making a comeback. For the last few years, mid mod minimalism took over; leaving World Market and its ornate, rattan furniture off-trend. Now, as organic, Earthy textures and fun colors (think Target Opalhouse) are coming in strong, World Market has become relevant once again. They JUST launched a new collection of rugs. The prices are great. Click image below for the rug we just bought for our living room, along with some of my other favorites!
Wayfair is 95% terrible. That 5% thought? Worth the digging. We got our bedroom rug from Wayfair. The price was UNREAL (like $120). (Note : the colors look way more vibrant online than they are in person. It's more muted.) I'll share my favorite Wayfair rugs below.
3. Urban Outfitters
UO has some great faux Persians. Our runner is from UO. This rug has less texture than our others, but we still love it. (Here it is in our old kitchen).
4. ESale Rugs
Esale Rugs can be overwhelming as they have a HUGE selection. Here, you can find good dupes, and the real thing. I shop on this sites for my clients ALL the time.
Homegoods is certainly hit or miss. It's rare that I find a good here, but it has happened. We found my FAVORITE rug that I own at a Homegoods in Ann Arbor. It's the best fake I've seen - 100% whole, thick pile, great colors. We paid about $150 for that one. Our master bathroom rug is from Homegoods as well, less texture, but $17.99!
Rejuvenation is another site I use when shopping for design clients. They have an AMAZING line up of rugs, both modern minimal and vintage.
Thanks for following along!
Hannah & Tyler
We are a home renovation and real estate duo sharing the renovation of our mid century tri-level, along with flips and new builds. We created this blog as a resource for our readers, helping home owners, travelers and future friends to learn how to renovate efficiently, and affordably!