Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rug Report: Safavieh Vintage Oriental Rug

This week, it's Rug Week at Librarian Tells All! I recently bought a few new area rugs online, and I found it so difficult to choose without seeing the rugs in person. So I'm writing about each new rug, and providing the information I wish had been available when I was making my choices. Are you rug shopping, too? Keep reading!


I've had my eye on the Safavieh Vintage collection for quite a while. This collection mimics the look of antique hand-woven overdyed rugs, but without the staggering price tag. To keep the price down, Safavieh's Vintage collection rugs are machine-loomed and made of viscose, which is a good substitute for silk. Viscose has the same soft sheen as silk, but it's more stain resistant and easier to clean. Win!

If you're following me on Instagram, you know that I bought this rug for our guest bathroom. Since this bathroom isn't often used for showers, I wanted something prettier than a bath mat. I like the rug's traditional pattern and monochromatic color scheme. But if you want to know the truth, I bought this rug for its unusual size! One of the great things about this collection is that is comes in a rainbow of colors, a huge array of sizes, and a handful of shapes. I needed an odd size (2'7 by 4'), so when I found this on Overstock, I bought it immediately. It arrived in less than a week.

The rug shows footprints, but I think they add character.
When I unrolled it, I was amazed by how soft and silky the rug feels. In just a few minutes, I learned that this rug is similar to silk in one more way: It shows footprints, which show up as darker or lighter areas. Some people will like that, and some won't. It's just a matter of personal opinion. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about it. But after a few days, once the rug had seen some traffic, I thought the footprints gave the rug a pleasingly aged look.

There are two other things I'd like to mention. First, that the rug is thin. Viscose isn't a thick, plush fiber. If you are looking for a thick, cushy, plush rug, look elsewhere. Second, the color is slightly less bright in person. Instead of being a vibrant turquoise, it's a staid medium blue. I actually wanted a slightly less vibrant rug, so it works for me. But if you want something vividly turquoise, this is not going to make you happy. But it works for me. In fact, I like this rug so much, I'm thinking of buying a larger version of it for our kitchen.

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