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What to do With Worn Out Rugs

When Your Rug Is Ready to Retire

Handmade Oriental rugs are well-known to be long-wearing and durable, but eventually the pile will wear down, the colors may fade, moths may get at the edges under furniture and ends might start unraveling. Well, all hope is not lost and you do not have to throw your prized carpet and family heirloom into the dumpster. From pillows to wall hangings there are many options for your antique Oriental rugs.

1. Make Pillows

We recently got two beautiful pillows made from an antique Persian rug and an antique Caucasian rug. This is one of my favorite uses of worn antique Oriental rugs. You can either do this yourself if you’ve made pillows before, or you can take your rug to a local rug repair-person who may be able to do it or will recommend someone.

Rug Pillow

Antique Persian Rug Pillow

2. Hang it up

When your rug has had too much traffic and becomes a tripping hazard on your floor, hang it up! Check out our How to Hang a Rug guide if it’s your first time or if you need to refresh your memory. Rugs on a wall make a stunning addition and conversation piece to neutral spaces.

Persian Rug

Semi-Antique Persian Lilihan rug hanging on a wall

3. Frame fragments

Recently I saw a collection of framed scrap pieces of wallpaper. Rather than wallpaper you could use rug fragments for a textured feel.

4. Use it as a coffee or side table cover if it is thin

If your rug has worn down or is thin enough like an antique Caucasian rug, you can use it as a coffee table runner or cut it down to fit a side table under a lamp.


What do you do with your old rugs?

Unique Oriental Rug Motifs and Designs

Old man winter just won’t give up this year! We keep getting buried in Massachusetts, and it seems more snow is in the forecast next week. While I am stuck indoors I thought it would be fun to go through some of the most unique motifs and designs in Oriental rugs I have come across in the past year.


#1 Afghan Rug


Afghan Oriental Rug

Female figure in an Afghan Oriental Rug

This is a woman figure with a hookah. There were numerous animals such as chickens and dogs in this unique Afghan rug as well. As you can see, there is a black rooster next to her head. Often when people are depicted in Oriental rugs, it is meant to represent the weavers themselves, or perhaps the individual they are weaving the rug for.


Red Oriental Rug

Afghan Oriental Rug

#2 Afghan Kuba Soumack

Afghan oriental rug

Pink animal figure in an Afghan Soumack rug

Here we have what looks like a  pink lion, but motifs are always open to different interpretations. This rug has a soft color scheme and a wild design. You can view more photos of this rug at JessiesRugs.com.

This is another Afghan rug, which means it was made in Afghanistan. The design is a copy of the traditional Kuba Soumack style which we will see more of below.  Here is a picture of the full rug. Notice all of the different animals surrounding the central motif which may be a tree or some other type of plant.


Afghan Oriental Rug

Afghan Kuba Soumack rug

#3 Caucasian Kuba Soumack


Caucasian Oriental rug

Cat figure close-up

Here is a happy cat! This rug is similar to the rug in number 2, however it is a real Caucasian Kuba Soumack.

This rug was literally FULL of interesting animal and people figures.

Here is a glimpse of the full rug, but it really does not do it justice.

Caucasian Oriental Rug

Caucasian Soumack Rug


#4 Caucasian Karabagh

Caucasian Oriental Rug

Peacock in a Caucasian Karabagh rug

This bright Oriental rug features three geometric medallions surrounded by large bird and peacock figures and a crab-motif border. The colors are bright, and almost neon in nature so this rug may not be for everyone.

Caucasian Oriental Rug

Caucasian Karabagh rug

#5 Mongolian Rug

Blue Oriental Rug

Mongolian Rug

Last, but definitely not least is this Mongolian rug. This design features large human figures praying, with beads, clouds, trees, and plants in vases.


Blue Oriental Rug

Mongolian Rug Close-Up

I hope you enjoyed my list and if you are in the market for one of a kind discount Oriental rugs like these, check out JessiesRugs.com.

Do your rugs have any interesting designs? Share them below!