Letting colour in…

Some people feel most comfortable surrounded by neutral colours such as calming white and soft shades of grey. Others feel uplifted and energised by lots of bright colours in their homes, making a bold personal statement.

I have to admit bright block colours at home unnerve me a little, and I actually find lots of colour distracting and can detract from the quality of a space. For me and colour, less is definitely more.

However, I need something to lift my (and the room’s) spirits. There are ways of bringing in energetic bursts of colour into a room while retaining its otherwise quiet, calm elegance… These distressed rugs are the perfect solution. They have a balance of being vibrant, rich and uplifting but at the same time sympathetic to their calm surroundings.

The rugs in the title image above are from Woven Online.

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I’m becoming a big fan of Esty for unique and handmade but affordable furnishings. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is an online marketplace to “buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies…“. There are a number of incredibly talented artisans on there and you can find a number of stores/ individuals selling hand distressed rugs for under £500. However, as they are handmade, there are typically only one of each, so you should visit each shop to see what they have in stock at the time.


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WeMakeRugs – Esty

Top Left: 191 x 277 cm Turquoise Aqua Blue Color overdyed Vintage Handmade Turkish Rug, Distressed look Wool & Cotton Carpet 1960s, £458.54

Top Right: 375 x 495 cm Large Oversize Decorative Antique Turkish OUSHAK Rug, Red Blue Green Beige Pink Mustard Color Handmade Carpet  £5,116.77 (OK a bit more pricey, but its sooo beautiful … and HUGE and proper antique from 1900-1909!

Bottom Left: 198 x 305 cm Pastel Sage green, Beige Cream Taupe Color Vintage Turkish Rug, Distressed look Handmade Wool and Cotton Carpet 1950s, £576.62

Bottom Right: 240×340 cm Red Color Vıntage Handmade Turkish Rug, Distressed old wool and cotton blend carpet, Beautiful saturated colors 1910, £852.14


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Unique Rug Store – Esty

Top Left: 260 x 146 cm Vintage Natural Multi Colour handmade faded-distressed overdyed rug £335.74

Top Right: 139 x 243 cm Vintage Blue handmade faded-distressed overdyed rug 1960, £310.16

Bottom Left: 222 x 322 cm Vintage Green handmade faded-distressed overdyed rug 1960s, £787.54

Bottom Right 159 x 265 cm Vintage Natural Multi Colour handmade faded-distressed overdyed rug 1960s, £373.11


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ArtcoreIstanbul – Esty

Right: 6.72ft x 9.38ft Area Vintage Handmade Bedroom Natural Area Online Rug %100 Handmade 1950s £729.84

Left: 2.26m x 1.60m (7.41 ft x 5.24ft) Art Deco Rugs Throw Contemporary Turkey The Rug Market Floor Rug 1950s, £462.30


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Kennedy1979 – Esty

Left: Antique Rug Kazak £590.16 Vintage item from the 1800s Material: wool 

Right: Antique Persian Rug Malayer £426.23 Vintage item from the 1930s Material: Wool, 3′ 4″ x 4′ 8″



Galerie Shabab, have some beautiful rugs too which can be seen on their pinterest page. Here are a few of my favourites…

Contact them directly for costs.

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And to finish… an antique rug beater (would look fab hung on the wall). From Esty 86Home

antique rug beater

Hope that helps!

Emily  Design for Me

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