Design by Light & Dwell
Vintage rugs are nothing if not versatile, fitting in with a variety of decor styles and in every room in the house -- yes, even bathrooms! If you are nervous about putting a beautiful investment piece into such a hard-working area of your home, never fear. A wool rug is naturally stain-resistant and anti-bacterial, so they can make a good option in a well-ventilated bath with just a few extra considerations.
Design by Kate Marker Interiors
What to look for:
In a bathroom or otherwise-wet setting, focus on choosing a low-pile rug, which will hold on to less moisture than their higher-pile counterparts. Most of what I have in my shop falls under this category -- Malayers, Mahals, and Karadjas are all great options, as are Turkish styles like Oushaks or Sivas.
Small prayer rugs make a great addition to powder baths or small rooms, while gallery rugs are often great options for mid-sized bathrooms. If you have a long vanity, a runner may be appropriate. And of course, if you need help finding a special size or color palette, be sure to check out my custom sourcing service.
How to care for your rug:
Normal care strategies apply in a bathroom, chief among them being the need for a rug pad, which will extend the life of your rug no matter where it is placed. When you make a purchase in my shop, you'll have to option to add a custom-sized pad to your order. A weekly vacuuming (with the beater bar in the upright position) is sufficient for keeping your rug clean, as long as the rug stays mostly dry.
The best place for a rug is in front of the vanity where minimal splashing will occur, but if you decide to use one in front of a tub or shower, I recommend not stepping on it with wet feet. Either take care to towel off before stepping out, or keep a small, absorbent rug or towel on hand to place over your vintage rug after you bathe. Then, be sure to hang it to dry between uses.