Antique Rugs with Joanna Mahserdijan of Upstate Rug Supply
Find your new muse with these one-of-a-kind designs.
After sourcing antique rugs for herself as well as her friends, Joanna Mahserdijan knew she “had an eye for the hunt.” Through the rugs’ history and cultural tradition on top of her love for design, Mahserdijan was immediately hooked. Soon enough, Mahserdijan was running an online shop by the name Upstate Rug Supply directly out of her dining room. Five years later and Upstate Rug Supply now has a physical storefront in Hudson, New York along with their e-commerce site.
Dating from the 1920s or earlier with organic dyes that merely soften as time goes on, the rugs hold a tremendous amount of history. To add, the pieces are naturally dyed and created in the tradition of the weaver’s village. Committed to preserving the historic charm and artistic beauty, Mahserdijan guarantees full transparency regarding any issues or professional restoration.
With her incredible expertise, Mahserdijan reveals what you need to know before purchasing such a treasure. First being, purchasing an antique rug comes with the appreciation of owning such a piece of art. Each rug is handwoven and truly one-of-a-kind. Mahserdijan explains, “If you find one you love, buy it if you can because no two are alike.”
But before sealing the deal, you must know how to care for such long-standing pieces of art. Mahserdijan explains that it’s simple. Thankfully, antique rugs don’t need to be sent to the dry-cleaners that often and can be washed from the comfort of your own home. In the warmer months, smaller rugs are your best friend. With a bit of mild soap, a garden hose and a little help from the sun, these rugs are good to go. When faced with a muddy paw or spaghetti spill, Mahserdijan says, “I swear by a bottle of diluted white vinegar and a washcloth.”
Wear patterns are also important to consider when purchasing a new antique rug. Especially in high traffic areas, the rug is destined to wear down. In order to avoid any tears or damage, it is imperative to turn and rotate the rug periodically. Choosing the right type of rug will prevent unwanted damage as well. Mahserdijan says to “avoid very distressed, thin carpets in high-traffic areas.” Certain types of weaves like Persian Heriz or Hamadan rugs are best in these spaces due to their weight and cotton foundations. And, whenever the rug is not being used, make sure to store it clean because “dirt and oils attract moth.” Mahserdijan advises to clean it, roll it, and wrap it in paper.
Now that you are an expert on antique rugs, here are a few of Mahserdijan’s favorites:
“A century-old and this antique Kurdish runner still feels contemporary with its geometric design and vibrant colors. It’s so fun! This runner came from a private collection in North Carolina.” See here.
“Heriz rugs are popular for good reason because they are geometric and timeless! The double-knotted foundation and quality wool makes it a durable choice for high-traffic rooms.” See here.
“Sometimes it’s the small, distressed rugs that I love the most. Unfussy and informal, this pretty Caucasian rug is over a century old, filled with tribal designs, and would be perfect in a bathroom or next to a bed.” See here.