I can hardly say that Persian rugs are anything groundbreaking in the world of interior decorating, but they have certainly enjoyed a resurgence lately.
As always, some inspiring imagery:
For my apartment, I knew just had to get one and was really happy with my purchase from Paradise Rug.
For those of you in the GTA, I would highly recommend Paradise Rug if you are in the market for a reasonably priced Persian. The gentleman who runs Paradise Rug (whose name I have since forgotten) is a super nice guy, operating his business out of his home in Thornhill. In fact, *spoiler alert* when you pick up a rug from him, it involves being taken to his basement where he will proceed to flip through hundreds of huge rugs and work up quite a sweat until you find the right one. It sounds weird, but it was actually really nice - he wouldn't even allow me to help him!
I chose Paradise Rug because their prices were by far the best I had found in my immediate area, so please check them out!
If online shopping is your thing, I have also heard the RugsOnTime website (eSale Rugs in the U.S.) is reliable, affordable and has a huge selection. Here are some of my favourites:
What's best about this site (or any others like it) is that they take a tonne of pictures of the rug from all angles and sides, even up close to give you an idea of the quality and the colour. So shop away online if you are unable to find (or afford!) a Persian rug that you like in person - just be wary and use the sites that seem the most reliable.