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Vintage Over-dyed rugs

Let’s talk rugs. I have struggled with them in the past. On the whole, they are expensive and the choice is usually pretty limited. Yet, changing a rug in a room can be the singular most dramatic thing you can do apart from painting the walls as seen by the difference a raspberry pink rug made to my living room a year ago.

My current obsession is over-dyed vintage rugs. They are just so beautiful and come in the most vibrant colours. I love that they are a modern twist on an century old tradition.

via Leid

via Charleston Mag

I recently sourced a turquoise one for a client’s living room and it has lifted the entire space. Funnily the first item I bought for my office/studio is a stunning dark yet vibrant purple one (for those of you who have been following urban kaleidoscope for more than a year might remember it was the backdrop of my blog and one of my favourite colours) and I have recently bought one for my dining room which I am currently revamping. Stay tuned for the pictures.


via muse decor

via urban kaleidoscope


via The Design Files

via pinterest

Without the bold vintage rugs most of these rooms (even Anne Geistdorfer’s Parisian apartment which I love and have featured before) would be quite bland.  What do you think?

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. isabel #

    i would take any of these rugs. also a rug junkie!

    November 29, 2012
    • kate #

      Isabel, what kind of rugs are your favourites?

      November 30, 2012
  2. sue #

    agreed, rug shopping used to be so grim… i also LOVE these over-dyed rugs (and anything from loom) & think this is one trend that should grow out of being ‘just a trend’… i think they’re timeless pieces, just like the originals!

    December 2, 2012
    • kate #

      Loom is amazing. Everything they have is stunning. Where do you shop for rugs?

      December 2, 2012
  3. Anne Nevile #

    I’d love to know more about the overdyeing technique…. It sounds as though these rugs are old orientals simply overdyed – is that right? Whatever, those in the photos look stunning… thanks for this…

    December 2, 2012
    • kate #

      Yes, they are, which is what makes them so lovely. Apparently, they are bleached first and then dyed.

      December 4, 2012

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