Vintage Rugs on eBay

I was vacuuming yesterday in my bedroom and was admiring the way the light hits the deep blues and indigos of our rug. It’s 12×18 and I paid only $250 for it!

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I’ve found a ton of great rugs on eBay over the years. The funny thing is, you never really know what you’re going to get when you buy a rug online. Photos can be so deceiving! Some sellers are better than others about providing a lot of images that have been color corrected, but you will usually pay more for the rugs from those sellers.

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My secret weapon for finding cheap rugs on eBay is this search: Antiques then Rugs then the size you are looking for, and then sorted by Lowest Price First. I pop on over to that search every few weeks, just to see what’s out there.

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The best deals are usually from people that need to get rid of a rug and don’t really care about the process or really too much about the price.

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Sometimes you’ll need to be a little… flexible when the rug arrives. We unrolled the blue bedroom rug after it was delivered and there were literally SHARDS OF GLASS everywhere! It was equal parts hilarious and terrifying.  We gave it a really good vacuuming before sending it off to the rug cleaners (which I recommend whenever buying a vintage rug) and it’s all good now. I think I still came out on top. $250 for an enormous rug is a steal, broken glass or not! :)

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Feel free to share any links to your eBay rug finds in the comments section. I’d love to see what you’ve snagged! Do you have any tips or horror stories to share? :) Spill it.

Give Away: $500 to eSaleRugs!

Oh what’s that you say? You would like a beautiful Persian rug of your own to spruce up your home for the holidays? That’s what I thought you said.

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ESaleRugs wants to give you $500 to shop for your own new/old rug (and if you’re too impatient/nervous to wait for the give away to end, they’re also having a 50% off sale right now, with free shipping – and they’re throwing in free rug pads!). Here are some of my favorites currently available on the site. There are seriously too many good ones to put here, but here’s a handful of them:

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To enter to win the $500 gift certificate, hop on over to eSaleRugs and check out their amazing selection of beautiful Persian, Oriental, Moroccan rugs and then leave a comment here with a link to your favorite rug. I’m turning off the comment registration for a few days so those of you who don’t have to have an account can enter (I know that’s been an issue for some of you in the past). If you aren’t signed in though, please leave an email address in the comment so we can reach you if you are the winner!

Contest ends next Tuesday night at midnight, the winner will be chosen at random and emailed. Good luck!

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This post is sponsored by eSaleRugs – and amazing resource for antique, vintage and even new rugs. Thank you for supporting LGN’s sponsors.

Vintage Moroccan Rag Rug

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Speaking of new rug purchases, I’ve started doing work again on the girls’ room lately. About a month or so ago I ran in to West Elm to pick up some things in the Market section (so good) and I saw two or three of these vintage Moroccan rag rugs from across the store.  Moroccan rugs of all varieties are always so expensive so I was thrilled to see these marked way, way down.

I love the texture to these rugs. You can often find them on eBay, but I loved that these had been completely cleaned. Not a speck of dust or a trace of musty odor on these.

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I was really taken with this one with the smaller pattern, but the size was too long for my girls room.
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So I ended up getting the wider, shorter rug with the bigger pattern, which turns out is perfect for impromptu games of hopscotch.

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I layered it on top of the Madeline Weinrib dhurrie I picked up two years ago (that probably is due for a professional cleaning – I spy a crayon mark here!), and I kind of like how the shapes in the two rugs play off each other. 
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The off-white color is actually a metallic silver. Love it :)

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I feel like this type of rug was just meant to be in a kids room, don’t you think? It’s soft and casual and charming. Also, when we forget to put Linus in his crate at night, he chooses to sleep here on the rug in front of the girls’ bunk beds. What a guy! Protects babies and enjoys a good Moroccan rug.

Warming Up A Black Tiled Bathroom

One of my favorite spaces my team and I designed this year was this cabin bathroom! I’m OBSESSED with the black subway tile we chose and had installed all the way from floor to ceiling on every wall. We used a white epoxy grout to make a high contrast against the black tile and I love the graphic effect. But between the huge amount of black tile and the polished concrete floors, we had our work cut out for us to help this space feel less cold and empty.

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The first thing we did to help warm up the space was incorporate a little brass with this mirror over the sink. I LOVE mixing metals in bathrooms and kitchens. When everything is the same finish, the result can be really one note. The trick to pulling off the look is to stick to two or three metals, max. And if you go with three finishes, make sure one of them is black!

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