The rise of the vintage carpet

The demand for exquisite and authentic vintage pieces is thriving - and is not limited to second-hand clothing: With regard to furnishings and home accessories such as furniture and carpets, it has not only been experiencing a noticeable upswing since yesterday! Understandable, because vintage not only goes extremely well with modern clean chic, but also represents the ideal complement to cozy shabby and lively boho chic. A vintage carpet is a real all-rounder - it can be combined with cement floors, high-gloss furniture and Stage design pieces as well as old wooden floorboards, family heirlooms and flea market purchases.

The idea of vintage as a break in style is particularly popular, the implementation of which lies in the combination of calm, subtle purism with catchy, complex statement pieces that tell their own personal story. The attractive thing about it: It is a heterogeneous and yet so harmonious interplay of old and new, history and modernity. Selected vintage carpets not only bring homeliness and comfort to a reduced, functional ensemble, but also ensure a balanced overall picture as deliberately placed accents. Clear structures, graphic forms, muted colors and smooth surfaces such as steel, glass and concrete can be wonderfully contrasted by the irregular texture of the carpet, hand-knotted patterns and colors chosen at will. Calm vs. restlessness - a field of tension that also affects our everyday life: the more complex the world, the greater our desire for simplicity - and vice versa.

Even if the following impression arises in view of the upswing that has been experienced in the meantime: vintage is anything but a short-lived fad. Awareness of the sustainable use of textiles is increasing - producers are increasingly committed to more transparency and are taking measures to make their companies and work more environmentally friendly. Consumers are also beginning to rethink: People are increasingly buying second-hand instead of new and taking better care of them instead of throwing them away. If a carpet is carefully handcrafted and made from high-quality, natural materials, it can last for several generations.

Vintage carpets are not only a spectacular eye-catcher with history and personality - they are also a timeless and long-lasting companion. Many pieces in our vintage collection are Boucherouite and Kilim rugs, each of which is a handmade one- off. The term Boucherouite comes from the Arabic (bu sherwit) and means something like 'a piece of old clothes'. In the 1960s and 1970s, Moroccan nomads began - initially out of necessity - to recycle every form of available textile into rugs. Like the production of other Berber carpets, the Boucherouite carpets are made exclusively by women, whereby they follow almost no rules - neither in terms of material nor in terms of pattern. Essentially, the Boucherouite rug is a patchwork quilt: scraps and strips of older textiles, wool and gathered fibers are woven together to create something entirely new. A distinctive feature of these rugs is their vibrant, bright colors and the fact that no two are remotely alike. So if you decide on a vintage Boucherouite , not only did your carpet have a life ahead of you - a large part of the material from which it is composed has previously served a completely different purpose and can enjoy reuse! A kilim is a hand-woven rug of a flat and light shape, which its 'knotters' prefer to have in many different shades of blue and red. In certain pieces, the warp thread is made of cotton, which makes the carpet structure a bit stronger and more stable. Kilims can also be made entirely or partially from recycled textiles - in which case they would be referred to as Boucherouite Kilim .

If we know the exact - or at least approximate - age of our vintage rugs, you will find it noted in their description. We hope you enjoy browsing and we look forward to you giving one of our pieces another life! 

Vintage, yes please!


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