Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Rugs on Ebay

I think you might be surprised to learn how inexpensively you can purchase rugs on ebay. And I'm talking about really good rugs. Authentic antique oriental rugs that you'd think would cost thousands.


For our corporate museum project, we purchased 22 oriental rugs, all on ebay, ranging in size from runners all the way up to 10' x 13'. They are all exquisite and authentic.


Now here's the amazing part: the most we paid for any single rug was $424. That's four hundred and twenty-four dollars. The total bill for all 22 rugs came to a whopping $5,274.10, which included shipping.


Of course it helps to know what search terms to use and to buy only from reputable dealers who have extremely positive ebay feedback.

Some good search terms include: Malayer Persian, Persian Caucasian, Kashan Persian, Tabriz Persian, Meshkin Travel Persian and Isfehan Persian. You can try including the word "antique" with any of those to narrow your search a bit. For an oversized rug, try including "palace size" in your search.

Happy rug shopping! Drop me a line about any great rugs (or other items) you find on ebay!

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15 comments:

Mamarazzi said...

hmmm i never thought of Ebay for rugs..thanks for the tip!

Stopping in as part of the SITS welcoming team to welcome YOU to the SITStahood. You will love this bloggy playground and the women there.

sandy said...

Wow! That is a great deal!

Welcome to SITS! It's great to have you as part of the SITStahood:0)

angi_b72 said...

stopping y to welcome you to SITS!!!

Joy said...

Martha ~ Your Grandma's stole with the big blue bow ... WOW! Gorgeous either way. Those brooches ... heavenly - I have a fraction of the amount but I keep adding to it here and there. They're just fun to look at. :o)

Stopping by to say Welcome to the SITS community - it's great to have you join us!

Mandy said...

Welcome to The Secret is in the Sauce, I'm with the Welcome Wagon and I'm so glad to meet a new SITSta, you will love this group of crazy ladies! You are one serious bargain hunter--I actually am needing rugs for this summer (we're moving and our new place has wood floors), thanks for the tip!:)
-Mandy

Jen said...

Wow, those are some gorgeous rugs! Good find.

Just wanted to welcome you to SITS!

Rhea said...

wow, those are amazing prices! I need some good rugs. And I love Ebay.

I'm with the SITS Welcome Wagon! I've been with them for like 8 months or so now...and read so many fun blogs, met so many amazing woman and really enjoyed my time in this great community of women. So, welcome aboard!

AP said...

isn't ebay wonderful!!! though I never thought of searching for a rug there.

stopping in to say welcome to SITs

Maggie R said...

Hi there,
Love your blog.
I am on the Welcoming Committee with SITS and just wanted to pop by and give you a big welcome hug.. I joined SITS last year and have enjoyed meeting so many wonderful gals, you will surely enjoy your time spent with us.
oxox
((((hugs))))
Maggie

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

The new things I learn every day through blogs. I would love to purchase an Oriental rug for my new home. I would be afraid of not getting an authentic one. But it does make me happy that there are still honest people on ebay!

Also, your grandmother's monk stole is gorgeous! I also have my grandmother's. It's more of a jacket. And I have always been afraid to wear it. Maybe not so much now!

I'm also here to welcome you to SITS. It's great that you joined and hope that you enjoy being a SITSa!

greedygrace said...

I love Ebay! And that's a great deal for so many rugs!

Welcome to SITS! We're happy to have you join us!

Tiffany said...

I got my son's playroom rug on ebay.. you are so right.. great deals to be had!

Welcome to SITS!

Lisa M said...

I LOVE ebay! congrats on the great finds!

Welcome to SITS !

Rachael said...

who knew! i am always hesitant to buy anything of quality from Ebay, but it's great to know that it can be done. i will file this one away for later, i really want to redo our floors + get hardwood soon, so i would definitely need some rugs!

stopping by from SITS to welcome you to the community, we are so happy you joined!

Martha McGlothlin Gayle said...

Thanks for the warm welcome to SITS and good luck finding rugs and other great items on ebay!