The right rug can be the finishing touch that pulls a space together, whether you’re decorating a rustic cabin or a palatial drawing room. Turkish rugs are a designer go-to thanks to their exquisite oxidized colors and posh pastels. Adding one to your living space is an instant style upgrade.
A fusion of many different weaving techniques, Turkish carpets feature designs and motifs that are inspired by cultural and artistic influences from the region they hail from. From symmetrical geometric patterns to asymmetrical floral motifs, Turkish rugs have something for everyone.
Vintage turkish rugs are highly sought after for their lustrous faded pastels and intricate designs. The rugs were among the first wave of Oriental antiques to enter Europe and the designs of many Turkish carpets—particularly niched prayer rugs and small repeating patterns—made their way into paintings by European masters.
Choosing the right vintage turkish rug for your home depends on a lot of variables, from how much wear and tear you’re willing to endure to what color palettes you prefer. If you’re on the hunt for an antique Turkish rug that speaks to your design aesthetic, here are a few of our favorite online retailers where you can find the perfect one.
If you’re shopping for an antique rug on a budget, check out Etsy. The marketplace offers a wide selection of handmade rugs from countries with rich weaving traditions like Morocco, India and northern Turkey. Many of the sellers offer shipping directly to their customers, cutting out the middle man and saving you money. Emily’s other three in-person go-tos are Craigslist (she scored a blue rug for her Fig House project on the site), estate sales and flea markets.