Authentic vintage rugs are coveted for their quality and craftsmanship. The intricate weaving and beautiful dyes create a true work of art. When it comes to choosing the right rug for your space, it can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider like size, shape, color and fabric.
I’ve spent years sourcing rugs for DIANI Living and helping clients pick out rugs for their home. Along the way I’ve gathered some go-to strategies that I use when deciding on the right rug for a space. From the importance of scale to spill solutions, these are my favorite tricks of the trade for buying and caring for your rug.
Most of our rugs at DIANI Living are vintage, ranging in date from the 1930s to the 1960s, and sourced from Turkey. Many of our rugs are crafted from wool and I find that the ones that are most versatile are flat, low pile and muted in coloration. I’m particularly drawn to rugs that have been faded by wear or sun. It makes them fit into a home so much easier.
One of the most important things to consider when buying a rug is scale. If the scale of the rug is off, it can spoil the scale you’ve created with your furniture. Large area rugs are good for grounding and defining a space in a living room or dining room and runners are popular to give warmth to narrow hallways and landings.
When choosing a rug I also consider texture. Rugs can be nice to walk on barefoot, so wherever there are well trafficked areas, you want to try and have rug coverings. Furniture doesn’t always have to completely live on top of a rug, but you want to have it either touching or halfway on. There are some exceptions to that, but this is a good rule of thumb.
If you are having trouble finding the exact size rug for your space, that’s okay. Choose a rug with a pattern and color that you love and you can make the size work by layering. My favorite trick is to layer a rug over seagrass or sisal rugs.
At DIANI Living we strongly encourage clients to take our rugs home to try before purchasing. That way they can see the coloration in their own lighting, not the store’s.
RUG CARE TIPS
To Vacuum or Not to Vacuum
It’s not good to over vacuum a vintage rug, as it can wear down the pile and tear the fabrics. It’s recommended that a rug is vacuumed no more than twice a month. Each week I use a broom or stiff brush, depending on the size of the rug, to sweep away loose dirt and fur.
Use Non-Toxic Cleaners
There isn’t a hard and fast rule when it comes to cleaning a vintage rug. Be sure that you use a service that uses non-toxic cleaners, not only for the longevity of the rug, but so you aren’t living with toxic substances in your home.
The best way to treat a spill at home is to immediately blot the area, then place a towel or cloth under the rug and pour warm water through it until the stain rinses out. To ensure that colors don’t bleed, test a small area of the rug with a damp cloth. If color does transfer over, it’s best to leave the job to a professional rug cleaner.
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