If you’ve been following along on my decor journey, you’re probably well aware that vintage is at the heart of every room I envision. I love vintage for the unique flair it adds to a space, its one-of-a-kind nature, and also because buying vintage is an environmentally friendly choice (reuse, reduce, recycle!). It is often a socially conscious choice, too, as so many vintage shops (including my own) are women-owned, small businesses that could use the money in your wallet to not only continue this important mission of recycling goods, but also use the funds to feed their families (unlike, say, Jeff Bezos, each time you click “Buy Now” on Amazon).
I say all of this because it’s also no secret to anyone who enters any space I’ve gotten my hands on that I have a bit of an obsession with rugs. And I’ve started to think a lot about where those rugs come from. Most are hand-picked vintage items from estates, which are always a feel-good purchase knowing that I have saved each one from wasting away in a landfill. Others have been purchased via other vintage dealers who are dedicated to curating some incredible collections that are sought out and purchased from various locations across the globe.
And then I had kids. And my vintage rugs started to get annihilated. So I’ve been on this search for a super durable rug that I could layer on top of my one-of-kind vintage pieces, but would still look stylish. I needed something that was solid, with a high pile (so clearly not of the worn-in vintage variety). I wanted to not only use the rugs to layer on top of the vintage rugs I already had in each room, but to make sure they would feel great underfoot when stepping out of bed in your bare feet. It needed the durability required to stand up to the beatings it would surely take in high traffic areas of my home, where two dogs and two children would surely trample on it with dirty feet throughout each day.
Needless to say, vintage just wasn’t the way to go to meet these needs.
After a pretty exhaustive search, I finally came across a company called Sukhi and ordered one of their wool rugs. I had first come across them on Instagram and just loved the sheer beauty of their products, but then learned that buying a Sukhi rug was a lot like buying from my favorite vintage shop owners. I was supporting female artisans using the same traditional methods of rug making that lends to the beauty of the other vintage pieces in my home. Sukhi takes the rugs directly from these artisans and sends them to your home, which allows them to keep the costs low (like the estate sale prices I pay!) and still pay these mostly female artisans fair wages. They employ women in Turkey, Morocco, Nepal and India – the very same countries that I get my vintage rugs from.
My rug took six weeks to make, and when it finally arrived I was floored (bad pun intended!). I had never seen a pile so high on a rug, or a piece made with so much integrity. I am pretty sure I could take a pair of kitchen scissors to it, spill my morning cup of coffee on it, and the rug would still look exactly the same as it had before the onslaught. It was refreshing to have a piece in my home that I didn’t have to spend my time keeping from 95% of our household members.
It’s rare that I am as satisfied with a new purchase as I am with a vintage one, so I wanted to share this information with the rest of my vintage-obsessed tribe. As a socially and environmentally conscious consumer, I rarely think outside of the vintage box. It’s an easy formula for me that requires little to no computation: I buy vintage and therefore check of all my boxes (reducing my carbon footprint, recycling goods, paying low prices, buying quality pieces that have stood the test of time and keeping my earnings out of the grasp of corporate greed and into the pockets of other hand-working small business owners). But Sukhi checked all of those boxes for me, too. And as someone who buys WAY TOO MANY rugs, I can vouch that Sukhi is not only producing high quality rugs, but is also hitting the mark with their socially conscious mission.
But most importantly, I just know that in twenty years this classic rug will still be in my home, in great shape… and it will be vintage, too.
Get your vintage on.