Would You Purchase a Used Rug?

tips for purchasing a traditional rug

I love traditional rugs, but they can be so expensive. 5 years ago, I started my search for a traditional rug, it was eye opening. So many wool rugs are in the thousands, especially if you want anything sizable. Fortunately, I was able to find the exact rug I was seeking for significantly less by using these tips and have been able to find a few other quality wool rugs like this one, but so many exceed my budget given the three young girls and old pup that run around our house.

tips for purchasing a rug

I thought about my friend Liz’s childhood home and how beautiful her mom’s rugs are. They have aged so gracefully through the years and have been in style through the 80’s, 90’s and today. And all of those favorite Nancy Meyer’s movies I can’t get enough of. I mean, look at these rugs! I can tell that they were an investment, but they add so much more character than most you find in retail stores.

tips for purchasing a traditional rug

A couple years ago, I started searching for clean, used rugs on Craigslist and estate sales {and even perused a bit on eBay}. I set alerts and occasionally, something intriguing would pop up {learn how here}, but I never seemed to find the right size and color scheme. So, I turned to Etsy and found this little store. I started small – I ordered a traditional rug for our powder room and it exceeded expectations! It arrived within a few days, clean and just as described. It was perfectly worn and nearly 100 years old, which was just what I was seeking.

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Next on my to do list is the master bedroom. I started searching for rugs and found one that was perfect, over $5,000, but otherwise perfect. Chris.would.die. I turned to the Etsy store I had purchased at once before and voila, found the perfect rug in size, wear, muted colors and quickly purchased. 3 days later, this beauty arrived!

tips for purchasing a traditional rug

perfectly worn rug that aged gracefully with time

This used rug adds a lot of character to our room and makes me resent the carpet slightly less. I’m anxious to have wood floors installed after we renovate our adjoining master bathroom and reconfigure the floor plan. Until then, this beauty will minimize the carpet and I can just dream how she’ll grace wood floors.

where to buy a traditional rug

where to find a traditional rug

antique traditional rug that's perfectly worn

Would you buy a used rug?

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

12 Comments

  • It’s ridiculous to admit, but until I read that this rug was ontop of carpet, I hadn’t even noticed. I think purchasing a used rug is perfectly acceptable. It’s much more budget friendly and I imagine a little bit of wearing and love would only add to the appeal. They are great finds.

  • Allie says:

    Love the rugs you have added! I really think they can make all the difference. I have been searching for rugs for our new house for a few months now, but have had the hardest time finding ones I like that are in our price range. I went to the Esty store you suggested and found just the rug I had been looking for to add to our entryway! I think it will be the perfect addition to make our entryway cozier and feel a bit more like home. Thanks for the tip!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely, there is nothing like an old/antique carpet. Love, love, love them. They are timeless, I’ve had several in my home for over 30 years and I never tire of them, they never look dated and add so much character. Well worth the investment.

  • I would definitely buy a used rug! I think they are the best.

  • Bridget says:

    Hi Julie, Question! How do you get a rug on top of carpet to not bunch up? Do you put a non-slip something underneath? I am having this issue in our home. P.S. Love this carpet! Beautiful room! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

  • Suzanne says:

    Julie would you be so kind as to tell me, if your bedroom turkish rug has a given name or any info on it, to be able to locate it. The colors are so soothing. Also, your living room rug; grey with other colors and pattern , may I ask what size you ordered yours in? Thank you for any help you may be able to offer me. Your amazing choices in decor, are helping me to try to create a home that my family can feel good about calling home sweet home!

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