photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK
A great rug can infuse your personality into a space and take a room from boring to bold—and its uses don’t end with floor decor.
“Get creative with your space and throw away the rule book,” advises Allison Holley, the owner of Nashville-based store Apple & Oak. “Use two different rugs on each side of your bed instead of one large one underneath, angle it as a runner in your living room, use a rug as a headboard…. The options are endless!”
Instead of running to the nearest retail giant in defeat, why not try a shop sure to provide something a little more unique? Here, a list of some of our favorite rug retailers:
Homestead Seattle offers beautiful vintage rugs from all over the world, from Turkey to Nepal. The space itself is impeccably decorated with a mix of midcentury and art deco motifs located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Don’t live in the area? The store offers free U.S. shipping on all rugs.
Handira Blankets on Etsy
Who said the best rugs had to come from big-name retailers? Handira Blanket’s shop on Etsy is based out of Marrakesh, Morocco so you are buying directly from the source. It’s the closest you’ll get to actually walking through a Moroccan marketplace.
This Brooklyn-based boutique was founded in 2012 as a rug company, and now offers a plethora of other contemporary home goods—from throw blankets to geometric-inspired side tables. Go here for bold patterns and bright colors and rugs that blend old world traditions with modern prints. "Even though they look very modern and are designed for the contemporary household, they are woven traditionally and made to last," says company founder Aelfie Oudghiri. "Steer clear of synthetic fibers, buy hand made, and don't undervalue the time and labor it takes to create a quality textile."
Family-owned since 1945, Kaya Kilims is based in Turkey—not to worry, they do worldwide shipping. This business’ main draw is kilim rugs, which they stock in almost every color and pattern imaginable, but they also have a gorgeous selection of smaller rugs and doormats so you can have a statement-making carpet no matter how much space you’re working with.
This rug company has locations in West Hollywood and New York City in addition to the online store. Since 1960, Woven has specialized in intricately detailed heirloom rugs from markets and weavers around the world. You’ll find great antique and vintage rugs (yes, there is a difference) as well as a few contemporary options.
Lulu and Georgia
Self-marketed as an interior design destination for the modern woman, California-based Lulu and Georgia caters to pretty much every design aesthetic in existence. While they do sell a broad variety of home goods, they have an extensive rug shop that’s particularly noteworthy. Think: bright colors in modern patterns, doormats with fun sayings, and of course tons of antique-esque options.
London-based interior designer Kelly Vittengl launched Frances Loom in 2014 as the premier online destination for one-of-a-kind antique and vintage rugs, professionally handpicked and inspired by travel and history. Vittengl draws inspiration from flea markets for her shop. “When I first started the company, this where 100 percent of my inventory came from,” she told Domino. “Walk around and find vendors who happen to have a random rug or two; it’s a lot less expensive than proper rug dealers.” And similar to the constantly-changing nature of flea markets, a new batch of rugs is added weekly to the Frances Loom shop so there’s always something new.
Brooklyn’s Heirloom is so much more than just a rug shop. They do sell a plethora of vintage rugs, but also offer a range of rug-related services you might want to take advantage of. From prop rental to interior design partnerships to a renowned cleaning and repair service, Heirloom will take care of all your carpet-related needs.
Designer Dana Haim integrated a lot of her products into the design of her own home, so you can expect the same high quality from your purchase. Similar to the rest of the store, the rugs are globally-inspired by Dana’s travels and work abroad.
It might not have a lot of options, but that’s because every piece from the Joinery store has been carefully curated. There’s no frill, just an emphasis on high quality craftsmanship and unique designs. Joinery’s rugs are simple and timeless, sure to fit into any room of the house.
Apple and Oak
“We get all of our vintage rugs direct from their country of origin to ensure authenticity,” says Holley. “My personal favorite rugs are from Turkey; I'm obsessed with the colors and the patterns, and I love how they get better with age and wear.” In addition to those Turkish rugs, Apple and Oak also stocks rugs in every style, shape, and color. They even have a mobile rug truck dubbed Loretta Lou that will bring you rugs to choose from (provided you are located in Nashville).
Of course, we have some pretty great rugs in our shop too! From sheepskin to overdyed to modern prints, there is something for every room and for every taste.
Handmade in Turkey, each vintage Turkish carpet and kilim is carefully inspected and cleaned before shipping. Wild Shaman was created by Istanbul natives so you can be sure each item passes the test of authenticity. Expertly crafted using natural dyes, these rugs are a great way to bring a bit of old-school charm to your space.
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