It's probably one of the last pieces you think about when outfitting the rooms in your home, but an area rug not only adds color and pattern to a space, but the extra layer of texture also provides some comfort too. Not to mention, it's an ideal way to anchor an area, create a focal point in a room or change the look of a rental without getting yourself in trouble with the landlord.
But here's the thing about rugs: they're like the shoes—they ground a look and complement your personal style. And like shoes, the cheaper ones are rarely as stylish or long-lasting as more high-end options. Plus, you can tell right away that the quality just isn't there.
Which is why you want the real thing. Vintage or antique rugs not only make a great statement (with beautiful patinas and patterns), but are also extremely well-made. They're typically hand woven from handspan yarn, which make them more comfortable to walk on while able to withstand years of wear. Of course, until now, these rare rugs were relegated to those with the access and money to shell out for imported antiques. These days, the web has democratized even vintage rug shopping.
Arbeid overdyed 7 x 11 area rug, $746 by Revival
Revival Rugs, founded by one of the guys who started Brooklinen, works with locals in Turkey to source authentic vintage rugs. They then shave down the pile, wash them out and, if needed, dye them again. For outdated patterns or rugs that are too faded, the rugs get overdyed, which produces a saturated, monochromatic effect—ideal for more modern and minimalist interiors. They're then shipped to the US and packaged in slim, city-friendly boxes that are easy to carry.
Worn and repaired 3 x 6 Navajo rug, $350 by King Kennedy Rugs
If you're looking for more oversized, Western and Native American styles, check out King Kennedy Rugs, the side hustle of photographer Mikael Kennedy. An avid collector, he now sells a tightly edited, but well curated selection from his website for very reasonable prices.
Because of their age, the rugs from both have a faded and sometimes threadbare look. There's an instant comfort that comes with this wear and weathering, like slipping into a pair of broken-in jeans. What's more, it's an understated signal of quality. That this rug has lived a previous life and still has plenty to give. Which is exactly what you're looking for. A one-of-a-kind vintage rug that adds a sense of history and worldly culture to your place for a very accessible cost. Instead of something from a cookie-cutter, brand name furniture store.
If your sofa is up against the wall, your rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all pieces.
If your furniture "floats" in the middle of the room, your rug should be large enough to fit under all four legs of each piece.
Extend the rug from the bottom 2/3 of the bed. Alternatively, you could also place two runners on each side of the bed.