I have never been lucky enough to get to start a room from scratch, but I do know how hard it is to make a bold rug work with furniture and decor that you already have. See my struggle and solution here. I love my oriental rug (from Iran) so I made it work, but I would have loved to be able to chose furniture after purchasing the rug as opposed to making my already existing furniture work with my beloved rug.
While my rug is not an antique, and I'm not lucky enough to own any antique oriental rugs (yet), I do like to peruse rug galleries with treasures from all around the globe.
(All of these amazing rugs are from the Nazmiyal Collection in NYC.)
Here are my favorites from countries around the globe:
Moroccan rugs ...
...and the colors!
Beauties from Isreal
Click on these to see enlarged versions - the detail is amazing.
How amazing (and unique!) are these vintage rugs from the Caucasus regions?
The below are from Spain
*disclosure: This post is in partnership with Nazmiyal Collection