Over-Dyed Rugs:

It’s an over-dye do-over, and it’s one of the hottest trends across Europe and the United States. Over-dyed rugs breathe new life into older, vintage rugs that have faded or worn down over time. Putting them through an over-dye process results in a rug that with a bold, vibrant and modern look. The journey of over-dyed rugs began in Istanbul, Turkey during efforts to revitalize old hand woven rugs. Vintage rugs were first decolorized and then over-dyed. The mix of traditional designs with a contemporary effect became the celebration of chromatic compositions.


Over-dyed rugs have earned a place on the evolution of rug-making, an ancient craft dating back hundreds of years. For centuries, craftsmen would design first, and color second. Today, they color first, and design second – a migration that can be seen in over-dyed rugs.

Another theory is that over-dyed rugs began in Istanbul, Turkey, where vintage rugs were first neutralized with bleaching agents and then over-dyed. In most cases, the rugs maintain the original pattern, although it is subdued. While the rug is saturated with one vibrant color, the process also showcases the color’s natural nuances.

The process of creating over-dyed rugs is said to be quite labor intensive, and there are a few theories as to exactly how and when over-dyed rugs rolled out in the marketplace. One is that traditional rugs from the 70’s and 80’s – thick, shag rugs with colors that were all the rage during its heyday - were taken back to India, sheared down to create a thinner pile, and recolored with golds, purples, silvers, and oranges.

There’s nothing subtle about an over-dyed rug. It’s loud, powerful, and makes a statement. Although available in a variety of sizes, these rugs are a centerpiece no matter where they lay. Pull out a color wheel and complement existing décor, or go ultra-modern with a contrasting hue that stands out on its own. Use to finish a room…or make the room.