When it comes to shopping for the home, we are big believers in the practice of buying once and buying well. Whether it's a stereo or bed linens, a crib or tableware, it's always better to pay more for something that will proudly live in your home for your entire life, than to pay less for something that will end up in a landfill in a few years.
We are also big believers in going vintage. After all, what could be more green than not manufacturing anything new?
Take a big furniture purchase like an area rug. You can buy a cheap one at Ikea or someplace similar, or you can invest in a vintage, hand-knotted piece that can be passed down through generations.
For three decades, Palo Alto, CA's Medallion Rug Gallery has been selling the finest quality, vintage and new handmade rugs. Created from natural materials such as cotton, wool, jute and silk, Medallion's vintage rugs retain their beauty for hundreds of years. As vintage items, they retain their value as well. Indeed, like original works of art, handwoven rugs will often increase in value after their initial purchase.
When you consider this along with the huge varieties in design offered from different weavers worldwide of both new and previously owned, it's easy to see why it makes sense to buy well and go vintage.