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Your guide to antique rugs from expert dealer Mehdi Sharafi

An antique or vintage rug can be a big investment (although you may be surprised to learn that they can be more cost effective than opting for a new model!) and many lack confidence to care for such a statement piece. Mehdi unpacked some valuable advice around what to look for when buying a vintage rug and how to care for it.

Discovering vintage rugs from lands afar

vintage antique rug

Furniture may be the bread and butter of most interiors but a well-placed rug will have a surprisingly significant impact on the feel of a room. A colourful rug will lend a welcome dose of pattern and panache to a more neutral space. By contrast, calm down a busy decor scheme with a more simple model. A room full of similar tones, across furniture and the wider decor, can benefit from a rug which helps to break up the space. Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of the iconic monochromatic Beni Ourain rug, although none can deny the timelessness of the world celebrated and richly coloured Persian rug tradition. Fortunately, the Vinterior collection encompasses a vast array of vintage rugs, from traditional to textured, patterned to plain.

Colour you happy: feast your senses on these colourful Kilim rugs and learn how to use one in your home!

Kilims are often a bit less expensive than other plushy antique rugs with lots of pile. As a flat woven carpet, they come with the advantage of being very tough and hardwearing… perfect for homes with lots of humans and pets trampling around! Although, kilims certainly play second fiddle to none when it comes to exuberance of colours and pattern. Available in every hue of the rainbow, from garnet red to blush pink and mint green, it’s hard not to feel bewitched by these beautiful creations.