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  1. sara says:

    Sure! I just returned from a trip to Istanbul with a couple of carpets. We shopped in the Grand Bazaar and bought ours from Güney Carpet. We selected his store as he had over dyed rugs in his display window and I wanted to compare them with the ones I have seen @ Anthropologie.

    I have not posted the ones I bought (stay tuned for that), but I did post about our shopping adventure, his shop and pictures of his carpets. He offered 85 dollars to fed ex a carpet to the US.

    I recommend reading up on how carpets are made, the more knots per sq cm the softer/better quality and then request a photo of the back of the rug, to see the knots…if they are close and tight, that would be good.

  2. Kerry says:

    Oh no! The secret is out! 🙂 I love eBay for vintage Turkish rugs and recently got a fabulous deal on two for my new home. I shop overstock for other things and never thought of looking for rugs. The rugs add so much texture and depth to a room, I think everyone should have at least one.

  3. Thanks for these great resources- I’m always trying to hunt some great Persians/Dhurries down- definitely going to check these out:)

  4. Sara says:

    Great rugs! I think that you are so right about this type of rug previously being kindof old-ladyish, but now cool :). I love that they can go with pretty much any type of decor, too. The over-dyed look is really interesting, and definitely seems to be a big trend.

    We have a hand woven Tibetan yak wool rug that my husband got when he was there on a once-in-a-lifetime-trip when he was in Western China for a conference. We basically planned our whole living room around it.

    I think another way to choose this type of rug in a style that feels current/updated, is to choose patterns like those you featured…with some or all of the pattern being large scale (rather than all tiny details) and the design being more geometric, rather than the more purely floral-ish that used to be so popular. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some floral, but just not in this type of rug. Just my personal thoughts ;). What do you think?

  5. Rachel says:

    I like to look for thicker, higher quality antique oriental rugs at estate sales. Yeah, you aren’t going to have the selection of ebay, but you can find beautiful rugs for a pretty reasonable price. And you get to see and touch them before purchasing.

  6. Kate Collins says:

    I went to Turkey two years ago and I thought for sure I’d come home with a rug but unfortunately I didn’t. Luckily, there are so many great resources on e-bay. You have some fabu examples – thanks for sharing!

  7. emily says:

    Too bad you didn’t Kate because you can’t compare an original Persian carpet bought from Turkey with one from e-bay:)
    When I had the chance to visit Turkey I bought carpets for all my friends and they were all impressed about the superior quality of those rugs. I would definitely go back and buy more…..but now I can’t.

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