In September, Flea Market Décor magazine had an article about decorating with vintage Chinese and Persian rugs, and they quoted me in the piece. Not long after the article came out, I got an invitation from WSFA to appear on their noon show and talk about thrifted rugs.
For the show, I decided to bring two area rugs. One was a needlepoint rug made with wool fibers that I bought a few years ago for 6 bucks at a local thrift store. The other was an antique rug that was made in China. I purchased that one second hand for just 40 bucks.
Before leaving home for the TV station, I rolled up the needlepoint rug and placed it on the backseat of my car. Easy. But getting the other rug in the car wasn’t so easy because it was SO HEAVY.
The rug was so heavy that when I arrived at the station, I had to ask one of the studio floor managers to help me carry it into the building. (Thank you, floor manager!)
In the studio, before we went on the air, the host, Tonya Terry, told me that she really liked the antique rug. Its gold and plum colors happened to be her favorites, she said.
I told her how I was able to save hundreds of dollars on area rugs by shopping at thrift stores and estate tag sales. The needlepoint rug, for example, would have cost about $200 at a retail store, while the antique rug would have been even more expensive.
I also talked about how Chinese and Persian rugs aren’t just for decorating the floor. In Medieval times, for example, people often used small rugs as table coverings. (Now there’s an idea.)
Today, some designers hang antique Oriental rugs on walls as art. I think that’s a great decorating trick because an Oriental rug’s deep, rich colors and texture can dress up an otherwise boring wall and add warmth to a room.
By the way, you won’t always find rugs like these at thrift stores and estate sales. You just have to keep looking until you find one. But if you don’t want to wait, try shopping for second hand Chinese and Persian rugs at furniture consignment stores. They’re more likely to have them in stock
After the show, I asked one of the staffers to take my picture with my smartphone, which you can see at the top of this page. It was a good day.
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