Where to Buy Room-Changing Rugs in NYC

Where to Buy Room-Changing Rugs in NYC

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Join us on our three-borough magic carpet ride from indie showrooms to department stores and antique dealers, and get ready to live the shoes-free life.

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    Save yourself hours of scrolling through vintage rug listings on eBay and hit up Williamsburg newcomer Sharktooth instead. The Grand Street shop stocks everything from antique wool Kazak styles to tasseled Moroccan Berber rugs. While you're there, check out the selection of woven blankets and embroidered towels. [Photo]
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    The cure for the common beige apartment, Aelfie's appointment-only Greenpoint showroom is stocked with designer Aelfie Oudghiri's colorful (and affordable) woven rugs. And, if you have a rug that could use a makeover, she offers an overdyeing service for that super-saturated look. [Photo]
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    What can we tell you about Ikea that you don’t already know? Well, if you’re going for that whole urban rustic thing they’re an affordable source for sheep skins and cowhides. And their “PS” line has produced some great wool rugs with subtle geometric patterns. [Photo]
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    This South Williamsburg spot specializes in Peruvian textiles. Expect to find vibrant, hand-loomed rugs in the $300 to $400 range. [Photo]
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    Jonathan Adler’s cheeky sensibility extends to his rug designs. Expect to find zebra-shaped wool styles, giant Union Jacks, and traditional chevron patterns in color combos like lime green and navy. [Photo]
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    No list of the city’s best rug dealers is complete without ABC Carpet & Home, but it’s the store’s satellite location—across Broadway from the flagship—that you should head to first if you’re in search of a deal. The three-floor space is stocked with rugs of every size and color, and the basement is home to remnants and overstock at deep discounts. [Photo]
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    West Elm has the most fashion forward rug selection of all the major home décor chains, with styles that run the gamut from watercolor prints to shaggy wool designs. Look out for limited-edition collabs—recent guest designers include Steven Alan and Kate Spade Saturday. Another tip: asking for a floor model could net you a big discount. [Photo]
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    An Urban Outfitters rug may not last you for ten years, but the mega-chain has really nailed the whole cheap and cheerful home décor thing. You can transform a bare floor with layered Kilim and faux sheepskin styles for less than $100, which is great if your, uh, friends are prone to wine spills. [Photo]
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    The husband and wife duo behind this Cobble Hill design shop stock a wide array of vintage rugs. Recent styles include a ‘40s floral Scandinavian flatweave and a Bauhaus-era Chinese carpet, and the store also offers design services in case that new rug inspires an entire apartment overhaul. [Photo]
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    Department stores need to keep their inventory moving constantly, which means a place like Bloomingdale’s is often your best bet for scoring a handmade rug at 70% off. Of course, the offerings aren’t cheap, often creeping into the five figures, but the payoff for staking out your favorites at the beginning of the season and then waiting to pounce can be huge. [Photo]
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    This Long Island City shop doesn’t just sell rugs, it hosts classes on how to make them. Spend some time browsing—owner Hayko Oltaci stocks everything from $250 flatweaves to rare antique styles that fetch six figures at Christie’s—before sitting down for a weaving lesson and a Turkish coffee. [Photo]
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