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Old 10-22-2013, 11:30 AM
 
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I've been looking at a lot of them on eBay for a while now, but am very leery of spending $500-$1000+ on something I can't see or touch. (Although some sellers have 100% positive feedback, so that's encouraging.) My biggest issue is that it's almost impossible to find rugs that don't have red as the dominant color -- I'm anti-red in my home furnishings. :P

Is there a place in Raleigh/Cary/Apex/HS/other anyone can recommend that has a decent selection of good-quality vintage rugs at a fair price? I'm specifically interested in older rugs, from the 1920s-30s-40s up through about the 80s. Beat-up and low-pile is fine, but they'd have to at least be clean and not threadbare.

Have found a place in Charlotte and am really trying to avoid a 2-hour drive, or worse yet driving up to the DC area to look. Once in a while I've see them at the fairgrounds flea market - obviously not this week though, hehehe.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I'm specifically interested in older rugs, from the 1920s-30s-40s up through about the 80s. Beat-up and low-pile is fine, but they'd have to at least be clean and not threadbare.
Are you open to machine-made rugs from Europe, or do you mean genuine Persian hand-made rugs? If you want a machine-made rug, I'd call around to thrift shops and check estate sales. I have bought Belgian estate rugs with a navy background.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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After November 1, check the Third Place (coffee shop) at five points in Raleigh. They will have a display of well priced vintage rugs for sale by a local collector -- one might interest you . . .
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:42 PM
 
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I see them often on Craigslist, but am not sure of the era. And I agree with you, there really are too many red rugs! That being said, I do have one that has a lot of dark red, but it works because it has no blue or green in it.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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Are you open to machine-made rugs from Europe, or do you mean genuine Persian hand-made rugs? If you want a machine-made rug, I'd call around to thrift shops and check estate sales. I have bought Belgian estate rugs with a navy background.
Yes, I mean genuine Persian handmade, like from Iran -- Oushak or Heriz. There don't seem to be many places around that carry a good inventory. Thanks though!
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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After November 1, check the Third Place (coffee shop) at five points in Raleigh. They will have a display of well priced vintage rugs for sale by a local collector -- one might interest you . . .
Hmmm! Thanks! Pls feel free to DM with more details. I need a room-sized rug, though. Min 8x10, but prefer 9x12 or larger.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Maybe... Talk to the rug cleaners and rehabbers for a lead on someone who may want to part with a rug?

But, I have often been tempted by rugs on EBay....
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Not my thing at all, but I think there are a couple of places in Chapel Hill. One is right by I-40 and 15-501 and has Persian in the name. I'm not sure if the other is still operating or not, but they were an import business. I'll check and see what I can find out.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Maybe... Talk to the rug cleaners and rehabbers for a lead on someone who may want to part with a rug?

But, I have often been tempted by rugs on EBay....
MikeJaquish has a good suggestion.

I made a mistake buying a rug on Ebay, as it was faded unevenly. The photos did not show that.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Can't find one of them, but the one at I-40 and 15-501 is technically in Durham and is here: persiancarpet.com
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