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Where To Find Vintage Turkish And Persian Rugs In Nashville
by TJ Anderson
Home design wisdom from Studio McGee, an interior design studio I admire: “Every room needs a timeless piece full of soul and character to make the space feel collected.” More specific follow up: “We genuinely believe every room in the house could use a vintage rug.”
I won’t be one to disagree — a vintage Turkish or Persian rug can take a bland, faceless space and almost single-piecedly turn it into a room with energy and charm. The pronounced patterns, depth of color, intricate craftsmanship — a good vintage rug really makes the most of the (sometimes significant amount of) visual space it takes up.
Beyond, vintage rugs tend to also have more life in them than your standard, machine-made modern rug. Ask any vintage rug enthusiast, and they’ll enthusiastically praise the strength of hand-knotted rugs. You may have to get a few repairs made after a hundred years of them prettying up floors, but with care, you can also easily expect another run of decades out of a vintage, hand-made rug.
But if you’d rather skip the shipping, or prefer to see your vintage rugs in person before you purchase, you have excellent options right here in Nashville, too. Below, three of my favorite places to turn for vintage Persian and Turkish (and other) rugs in Nashville:
3 favorite places to source vintage rugs in Nashville
Nashville Rug Gallery
For the biggest and widest selection of vintage (and otherwise) rugs, head to the south side of Nashville near the Zoo, for a visit to Nashville Rug Gallery. They’re not just a vintage warehouse — they also operate multiple weaving operations in Kurdistan, India, Nepal and Turkey, producing newer, hand-woven pieces. But their crop of antique and near-antique rugs is always impressive, and always high-quality, from vintage Turkish Hereke rugs to Kurdish Oushak and Persian Serapi rugs. The antique Oushak pictured above (photo from the Nashville Rug Gallery Facebook page) is likely long gone, but the subtle, worn colors are a perfect example of that visual power Studio McGee was pointing toward. Lots more at nashvilleruggallery.com.
Apple & Oak
Having grown from a single, cozy East Nashville shop to a two-location brand in Nashville, with the newer Hillsboro Village store, Apple & Oak established itself as a dependable go-to for cool, well-curated vintage rugs, particularly of the Turkish vintage variety. The Apple & Oak online store shows off the variety — anything from long runners to room-filling hand-knotted rugs, in all kinds of colors, from muted to bright. Added bonus: The shops also stock other well-curated furniture and home-decor items, from chairs to lighting and throw pillows. If you tend to like pieces that lean a little more glamorous, they’ll likely have a lot of stuff for you to fall for. More at appleandoaknash.com.
A really Nashville-specific, social media-bred pro tip: If you can’t spend thousands, but still hope you can score a beautiful vintage rug, follow our Nashville neighbor Cheri Barton on Instagram, at @cheribhomevintage. Barton has a knack for finding fantastic pieces, and she offers them for approachable prices — she routinely posts beautiful, large vintage rugs in the $300-$500 area. The vintage Persian rug pictured above was listed for $375 when this post went up. Love vintage furniture? She scores a lot of midcentury pieces too, and shares them for similarly reasonable prices.
Hope one/several of those can help you on your hunt for the perfect vintage rug in Nashville. Still hunting for the perfect Nashville home to put your perfect vintage rugs in? I’d be honored to pitch in. Check out some Nashville homes for sale, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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