When it comes to choosing a rug for your space, whether a bedroom, living room or bathroom, a vintage one can bring a sense of history to any room. But it’s not always easy to find these treasured rugs. When searching online, for example, the terms “turkish rug” or “antique turkish rug” can pull up a mix of styles that may be similar to what you’re looking for, but will not necessarily yield one-of-a-kind vintage finds. That’s where in-person shopping can really save the day. Emily’s in-person go-tos include Craigslist (she scored the blue rug for the Fig House project for $75), estate sales and the like. She also shops for rugs on Etsy, which she recommends filtering for the specific term “VINTAGE TURKISH RUGS” and sorting by price.
This is where you’ll see a lot of rug options that are true to Turkish style, including the lustrous pastels and beautifully stylized arabesques that make these rugs so highly sought after by today’s designers. Also in this category are the palatial medallion rugs that feature Safavid Persian symbols and patterns in a distinctly Turkish manner.
From slick Oushak designs to tribal Caucasus Kula rugs, these coveted antique pieces showcase natural abrash gradations and bold color pairings that add authenticity to any interior design. Often, these rugs are made with wool that’s dyed using natural dyes, which creates the iridescent hues that give this rug type its signature look.vintage turkish rugs