Like I mentioned in my kitchen rug post, Ebay is a great resource for vintage ethnic rugs. My favorite search phrase is “kazak rug” though I also look under “turkish rug” or “vegetable dye rug” too. I limit the price to under $300 too. Yup, I like my rugs cheap.
Here are a few yummies I found recently…
I have a mad crush on this pink and purple beauty! The colors are so rare for these types of rugs. I’d love to see it in a white space looking all sexy.
This runner is also so unique. I think it would make a great statement in a hallway, or beside a bed.
This one is such a pretty base to mix with neutrals or other colors.
I’d like to plop a dark olive sofa in a room with it!
fuschia beige kazak
I reallly like the soft, muted feel of this one.
Personality, for sure, but not screaming in your ear.
Or go for contrast.
Rugs with black backgrounds add a bit of drama and grounding to a room.
Plus its so easy to match with other elements and colors.
black and wine kazak
And this is the rug I just bought for my kitchen.
The 3×5 size is a perfect fit.
(Enough space for exposed tile close to the range and sink for when I drop stuff.)
The corals and blues make my heart smile.
Can’t wait to see it in person.
Oh, and guess what?
If it sucks, I have 7 days to return it.
Most Ebay rug sellers allow returns between 7-14 days, which takes the pressure off!
Now some of you may be thinking that these rugs are pretty, but a little bit too crazy for your own style. I often times suggest tribal rugs to clients who need a little push to get out of the beige and safe zone. I just love them as an accent in a more neutral space. Alone, the rug may feel like a lot, but in the context of the room, it can bring that special magic that you never expected.
For example: One of my most favorite living rooms, design by Kara Mann
Pretty neutral space, right?
Buts let’s look closer by the fireplace…
Bam! A little ethnic rug action.
So go ahead, push yourself. Go a little tribal.
** UPDATE: Erin
suggested the search terms “Balouch” and “Hamadan.” She has great taste, so you are bound to find some goodies there too. Thanks, Erin! Keep the tips coming ***