I'm so excited to introduce you to Melissa + Dave, the couple behind Old New House, a shop specializing in treasures - new and old - for your home.
You might recognize Old New House as a featured Etsy seller in 2012. Now you can also find the beautiful wares from their New York-based shop on their own website in addition to their Etsy shop. I'm so thrilled for the success Melissa and Dave have enjoyed because they are so hard-working and talented. A nifty little tidbit: LargeRugsCarpets.com, my first blog sponsor, is Dave's family's business! I'm so touched that they're long-time fans of Dans le Townhouse. I'll be celebrating their shop, highlighting my picks for the next few months, and kicking things off with an interview today. I took the opportunity to pick Dave's brain about vintage and antique rugs and learned a LOT. Read on for the full scoop.
Your store, Old New House, is gorgeous. Tell me a little about it.
We sell antiques, vintage and new original creations of our own design. The Old New House shop represents us and is our very personally curated collection of unique items with a focus on antique and vintage rugs, as well as wall art and custom furnishings.
What's around the corner for Old New House?
At our core, we are artists. The plan is to delve further into our ONH originals section and run with the ideas we feel are ripe.
Thank you, and I have been salivating over it myself ever since we acquired it and I just really love old chairs. We take them for granted because they are everywhere but they are such design staples of everyday life. Right now I am really feeling wall art also and as a photographer, I have been completely smitten with the insanely awesome antique DR Peretti Griva bromoil transfer collection we have in the shop – it is a process of photography print that I had never heard of before and the dreamy ephemeral effect is timeless and captivating.
|Large Antique Kilim Pillow|
When my husband and I first started acquiring rugs, I found myself gravitating towards the old beat up, worn and end of the road type rugs – ones that a collector like Dave doesn’t really want to deal with because they are fragile and just not in good shape. I like feeling like a savior to them in some way, because after all, the pieces that are left are quite beautiful! Rug fragment pillows are nothing new but I like finding the diamonds in the rough, the best and most unique rug remnants I can get my hands on. I don’t want just any old fragments, I hunt for spectacular pieces and I mend them very lovingly with nice fabric and luxurious kapok filling, so that they can be like new again and ultra special to boot.
Dave, you're a 5th generation rug man with an impressive family history. It's incredible to think that your family has been manufacturing, designing, and importing rugs since the mid-1800s! Rugs are something I know nothing about and I'm sure my readers would love to learn more too. First things first, which rug in the Old New House shop is your favorite and why?
I am very fond of the 4x7 Kashan. If we had a large enough area to hang it I would prefer to not sell it! It is a very rare pairing of rug type and design.
|Antique Mohtashem 4x7 Kashan|
I always thought this antique silk Heriz was a super unique rug. Especially with the armorial theme atop a gentle soft blue field, it always sort of intrigued me, although there are a lot of carpets that are quite unusual and linger.
What should someone think about where they are trying to find the perfect size rug for a space? Do you and Melissa have any guidelines?
For many years the rule of thumb was to buy the largest possible rug. There are many instances where this is the right way to go, however, we like to urge people to buy the smallest rug, or several small rugs, if appropriate for the space. It’s a fun way to diversify your investment and also have more versatile decorating ability down the road.
|Antique Farahan Sarouk Persian Rug|
I don’t know if someone could really make the claim of superiority of old rugs vs. new, but consistently antique and vintage rugs deliver a flash of history a new rug can simply not emulate. I believe many of the vintage and antique rugs we offer in our shop may be considered proportionately better values than many new rugs made today. There truly is something so special about an item with a story that comes with it and that is what certainly makes an old rug more charismatic than a new one.
What qualities make for a good vintage rug? What should buyers pay attention to when they're shopping?
A good vintage rug is one that you find yourself connecting with. It is satisfying to your eye – the rug will evoke a feeling or emotion. Perhaps you are unsure of why exactly you like it, but you realize that you do. All of the carpets we offer are individually hand selected and acquired only if they meet specific criteria - which is authenticity, amazing aesthetic, great tone-on-tone or excellent contrast, or unusual yet desirable character. Our collection is carefully assembled to make it easier for our customers to shop and find the connection to their future rug.
What sort of factors impact the price of a rug?
Often the most common factors influencing price include: age, rarity, condition, origin, aesthetic, and at times, size. Going deeper, provenance of ownership or traceable production may reinforce saleability, which in turn may increase the value.
|Blue Vintage Rug|
Care is very easy. Vintage rugs are very compatible with everyday life, and a well taken care of vintage rug will pay aesthetic dividends for years to come. A vintage rug should be professionally washed at a washing plant every 2-5 years, or as needed. Vacuuming should be performed once a week in a moderate traffic area, or on an as-needed basis. Delicate rugs may simply be vacuumed with a suction vacuum or shaken off outdoors. Small spots or spills can be dabbed up or scraped off and we suggest you go with as mild a cleaning treatment as possible.
|Antique Persian Runner|
This is actually a very important question. Carpets are primarily named after:
A huge thanks to Melissa and Dave for answering my questions. If you want to ask them anything, feel free to leave a question in the comments below, or drop them a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.