I also had my eye on vintage rugs. Reading more on their merits, I'm now convinced that if they're proven to last so well over the years already, they'll last well to a beating underfoot in the house. I even started working Zach toward the idea, because the cost difference is significant. It doesn't help that our living room rug was a steal.
Are you picking up where this is going?
Just before the Christmas holiday, and just before we left for Pittsburgh, I bought a vintage Moroccan beauty from a Cleveland interior stylist. It was an investment, but it could work in the office, bedroom, basement - it had versatility. It helped that I had a rug pad ready; I ordered it in preparation for kitchen runners that never showed.
I'm so in love with how the colors play in our bedroom.
Inadvertently, it seems one of our house colors is orange. I would have never expected it, but I like how it's working so far.
The rug is wool, estimated to be about from the 1940s. Look how cool the tag is!