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Antique rugs get a second chance with a pop of dye

The latest design craze to invade stylish interiors this season - dyed antique rugs - are the perfect compromise for eclectic decorators torn between traditional vintage looks and bold, contemporary style

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Part of Elte?s innovative Second Life collection, this antique Persian rug was stripped of its original colour and pile courtesy of a thorough stone washing and then re-dyed in vivid contemporary hues. $2,025 through www.elte.com.

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Modern Weave?s exclusive collection of dyed antique rugs are the work of an independent Turkish artist who sources old rugs from nearby villages before distressing and dying them in his studio. Custom sizes and colours are available. From $1,995 through www.modernweave.com.

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Hand-woven in Turkey, this vintage wool rug was soaked in lemon juice and left in the sun to enable natural colour neutralization and over-dyed to create a modern salvaged look. $2,799 plus shipping through www.abchome.com.

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