Photo: Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com
A decorative trend I’m really loving are boldly colored overdyed rugs. Overdying is a technique traditionally performed on vintage handwoven wool carpets and creating this look involves a process of bleaching, dyeing and washing which produces a carpet that’s richly saturated in color and you can still see the original pattern peeking through. It’s a beautiful way to make an old traditional rug feel modern. I especially love the styles that are worn and threadbare – they have so much character and soul! Plus incorporating these into your decor is a great way to make a bold color statement in a space. An authentic vintage overdyed rug can cost thousands of dollars due to the provenance of the carpets and the labor involved in the hand dyeing process and if you’re looking for an authentic, higher-end style, ABC Carpet and Kush Rugs both have an amazing selection. Luckily for those who don’t want to spend thousands on this look, there are some fabulous sites where you can get the look for less. Below are a few of my favorite picks along with inspiration photos of these beauties placed in some pretty stylish interiors! What do you think of this trend – would you incorporate the look into your own home?
1. Hand-knotted Vintage Inspired Overdyed Rug in Lilac | 2. Blue Overdyed Kilim | 3. Handmade Overdyed Floral Rug by nuLOOM | 4. Magical Thinking Overdyed Rug | 5. Vintage Overdyed Moroccan Tile Rug | 6. Handmade Overdyed Traditional Wool Rug in Orange
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