Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Decorating with Kilim and Turkish Rugs

I've been on a bit of a rug kick lately. Actually, ever since last Fall when I needed to decide on rugs for the new house, I've been pinning and perusing "rugs" in all sizes and designs. I had been on all the rug websites and then some. I've saved pics and ideas and sizes and colors and designs for all types of decor.

I even went through some of my old and vintage rugs to see what might be usable here. I found this one in the garage, and honestly, I'd almost forgotten I had it. It's worn and threadbare in places, but it's a genuine one of a kind antique. But more on this rug, some ideas, and where I'm using it later...I don't want to get ahead of myself.

I had to switch gears here at the new house when it came to my decorating style. My white, only neutrals, Frenchy way of looking at all things decor, needed to be tweaked, rethought, and redefined. I love vintage and all things "French", but the layout of this house and our changing needs of the rooms forced me to be open to change.

In looking at rugs, I realized that with our new light wood floors I needed some contrast and definition of the spaces. Something to anchor the lighter sofas and painted furniture. I still didn't want to commit to a lot of color, (because honestly, I get tired of certain colors really fast) but I needed "pattern" and "texture". I've always been a person that votes for neutrals on the big ticket items and then goes with "trendy" on the accessories and smaller pieces.

I like "color" and pattern in small doses; amounts that I can change out at a moment's notice or change of season. I like to let the house dictate the style and colors and function of a room's layout and design.

And if you've been looking through many magazines lately you'll see that color and pattern are making a huge comeback. In the pic above you even see wallpaper. Now I'm not going to go that far because me and wallpaper have a love/hate relationship. But...I'm using more color here at the new house than I have for awhile.

What do all these photos have in common?

Some wonderful vintage and antique Kilim rugs and upholstery.

Their classic designs can be used throughout a home...

In the kitchen.
to me, nothing is classier than an oriental or turkish design rug.

 or bath...

They mix with antiques of many styles,
lights or darks...

or more modern spaces.

with other pattern... 

used with other rugs or layered...

or used as upholstery fabric...  

They are a classic that never goes out of style.

Here are a few rugs that I found for purchase, check them out and then you'll know why I dug the one I had out of storage....

Old New House

Sweet Lake Vintage

Kilim Rug Mall

One Kings Lane

New from Pottery Barn

Etsy Verdigreen

all photos and links found on my Pinterest Page Kilim Rugs

And here's a link to Kilim.com for everything you'd like to know about them.

this little worn and tattered rug?

next post!

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  1. Hi Debra! I love your rug. kilim rugs are my favorite. The one you have is so beautiful. I love when they have worn spots. That's the beauty of them. I almost got one at an estate sale but another lady beat me to it. I almost cried.
    I am still on the hunt.


  2. Debra,
    Oh, you tease, you!!!
    Loved seeing all the patterned rugs throughout your post!!!
    I have always loved the kilim pillows I purchased from Pottery Barn years ago!!!
    Glad to see them making a h u g e comeback!!!
    Now. . .I'll be watching for that post!!!

  3. DEBRA, LOVE the kilim rug! Don't you love their patterns. I think wear on these classic rugs make them so more warm and endearing!!!

  4. I love pretty rugs and the anchor they give to a room. The ones you've highlighted in your post are beautiful, and I also love the one you dug out of storage.
    Mary Alice

  5. Fantastic, informative post. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  6. Oh what an awesome rug you have!!! I am a lover of Turkish and Persians and they never, ever go out of style and can be used in so many different decor styles. I just brought my two Turkish rugs out before Christmas, and I am loving having them back. One is layered over a jute rug. I had antique persians (tabriz and mashad) for a couple years, then sold them when I transitioned to different colors. I have a friend in Turkey who sells the most amazing wool and silk rugs if you are interested in buying more:-)

    1. oh wow, Anita! don't tempt me! I can just "see" those rugs in your home! I'm going to scope out an antique store where we've found a few in the past. I'm hoping they might have another one, even if it's "worn". that's about the size of my budget right now, ha ha

  7. I'm with you on this subject, Debra. I love rugs, and there's just something about the worn character of the kilim rugs that really draws me in. BUT, (here we go again), my mister just doesn't get the idea of rugs as accessories, and totally thinks a worn spot or frayed edge is the sign to replace. smh
    I switched out 7 or 8 area rugs over the holidays, and bought 6 vintage ones just before Christmas at auction and estate sales. I'm toying with the idea of using them (vs selling). Can't wait to see what you've done with the one you have - I love the color and worn texture on it!

  8. Gorgeous rug and I would definitley use it too. Can't wait to see more. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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  10. I love rugs, but the pupsters think they're puppy pads. So can't have them. The ethnic, colorful style is in, whether that means beans or not. I love the Moroccan look and patterns.

  11. Those rugs are way out of my budget, but they are timeless and gorgeous. You've got a small treasure in your well worn rug, Debra! And I've noticed designers are making new rugs that look old, so lucky you, you've got the real thing!

  12. Gorgeous! So many beautiful colors and patterns to brighten up a very grey and dreary winter day. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Your Kilim rug is gorgeous but you are such a tease! I can hardly wait to see what's next. Blessings to you Debra,

  14. Love your worn rug. it really is beautiful. I have a very small "worn" one in our bathroom, and all the others 2 in the kitchen, 2 in hallways ,1 very large in in living room, 1 large in Master bedroom, 1 smaller in 2nd bedroom, long runner in second bath with matching 6x10 in the office/art studio. I love them all, and they are all pretty old, but don't show the wear like the bath, which is the one I like the most, because it looks like an antique, even tho it's not. DH thought I was going to get rid of it when we moved a couple years ago, but he agrees it looks just fine, and vintage. I do love the charm that those rugs bring to a room. Without them, I think the room looks naked..have added several pillows that are covered with old vintage rugs, and it all works well together.When we first got married (50 years ago) everything in the house had to match and go together. How times have changed for the better...


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