*All of our antique & vintage rugs are professionally cleaned prior to being listed.*
Size: 9.6 x 13
Pile: Low with all-over patina
About: Well, I've named this piece after one of my favorite cities in the world. I was lucky to travel and explore the streets of Japan and eat, learn, and karaoke my way through this incredibly rich city. Tokyo, to me, does an amazing job of capturing the electrifying big city feel while still honoring the timeless and infinitely rich history and culture. The streets are woven with multi-million dollar high-rises with super old temples right next door - that is remarkable to me. Circling back to this rug, this rug is my favorite design that comes out of the northwest of the greatest rug weaving country the world has ever known. The mountainous region where this piece comes from has high-altitude and cold weather - that with the addition of a great diet equals happy and healthy sheep; and with happy and healthy sheep, comes incredibly tough and durable wool - that is what this rug is woven with. This rug will last another generation no problem, even with the all-over age-related wear and missing pile. These colors are all-natural dyes as well - the colors in this rug are really what set this apart from another piece with this iconic design. The number of golden-camel-yellows, salmon hues, teals, mint and forest greens in this piece is sensational, and the use of the deepest indigo around (almost black-like) adds for a perfect canvas and highlight color to offer a tremendous contrast with the rest of the color palette. And on the topic of color, you can't ignore the lake/french blue, almost a peacock blue, that fills the corner spandrels giving it some coolness. This piece is really lovely, very masculine, bold, and a show-stopper of a rug. These rugs are mystical, truly artistic, and of course beautiful - perfect for a designer because this rug is super easy to decorate with and around. These are the rugs you can either build an entire room around or place it as the last piece and it'll anchor it all together. I would put this in my own home (not that that is even important), but people always ask me what rug would I put in my own home because I'm obsessed with rugs - this would probably be my living room or dining room rug if my current rugs didn't have sentimental value! We photographed the hole (about the size of a baseball), we have secured it to prevent from unraveling, and we can easily patch it with another rug making it much less noticeable - just ask! Also, the other wear on this piece has some on the back as well and some spots are threadbare, I tried to get a close-up. I will say this - if wear, patina, "damage", "issues" are a problem for you, and you want something perfect - this isn't for you and that's ok! But if you're down with some life, imperfections, and character - consider this for sure!
This rug is one-of-a-kind, only one available.
Because of the nature and age of these older/antique handmade pieces, irregularities and age-related wear are likely to exist and are not considered defects.
Any questions about this rug? Don't hesitate to reach out!
We always recommend a high-quality custom cut pad for any and all rugs; these pads are made for hand-knotted rugs. They create a body and support the knots of the rug, as well as prevent it from slipping and sliding.
A note from us to you: Buying a rug is special; it's not just you finding the rug, but also the rug finding you. Think about the many coincidences that have to occur for you to find the rug of your dreams. Our rugs are woven by nomads in the villages and remote mountainous regions of the major rug weaving districts across the world. All of our rugs are genuinely old and one-of-a-kind. Like anything old and unique, they are filled with character, soul, and story. The story of a rug is something we think about a lot; who was the weaver(s)? Did they weave it for personal use, commerce, to gift, or trade? Who was the second owner, and the third!? Sometimes the little motifs and symbols in rugs can help tell the story, but we will never truly know - there's something beautiful about that. Alas, our joy is to curate these incredible pieces that speak to us, and to pass them along to their new owners to be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come; both continuing to add to the story of the rug, and to the story of the new owners.
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