Last weekend at the flea market I found the most beautiful vintage kilim. It was in disrepair from neglect and time, but fortunately the colors were still vibrant and exciting. I had to have it, so with a little haggling I was able to buy it at a good price; good enough so I would not worry if my plans for it did not pan out as well as I’m hoping. First order of business was to figure out what I was going to do with it? There are so many options so many alternative uses for area rugs.
6 Alternative uses for area rugs
So I brought the Kilim home and started to play around with it, first of all how much of it could I salvage? I also started to do some research and got some creative ideas.
1 – Bed cover: instant transformation of my bedroom, colorful and so bohemian but this rug has too many damaged areas
2 – Pillow covers: I could cut and make a few pillows with the salvaged rug due to how the rug’s damaged area.
3 – Place mats: so cool, imagine sitting around the table with a collage of place mats, so colorful and different
4 – Art work: Old rugs are pieces of art, each different and unique. Maybe I can frame a few pieces and hang them on one wall.
5 – As a headboard: just drape it over my existing head board or hang it over the bed as the headboard.
6 – Use it on upholstery, to cover a bench or on a chair. It will add so much color an character to an otherwise boring chair.
7 – I can also cut two rugs up and sew them back together like a patchwork quilt and use it as a slip cover.
In conclusion, if you would like to try any of these projects keep in mind that the weight and construction of the rug makes a difference on how it can be used. So far I’ve sent the rug out to be professionally cleaned, can’t wait to share with you the final result.
How would you use an old rug, can you make any suggestions?
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by Stacy Koch