When we stayed in Stockholm this summer, our Airbnb host had the coolest of everything, including a worn down in the most perfect way Persian rug in her kitchen. My mom was all about it and so was I.
My cursory research showed such rugs were quite expensive, even at auction. I put a pin in it and kept my eyes open for ways to acheive looks like these:
I'm lucky to have a mom who remembers little nuggets of information when it comes to things I like. Last week, she was at an estate sale in DC and came across a dusty old rug for only $30! She swooped it up for me because she's a pretty great mom. Check it out:
It certainly meets the "lived in" criteria, but the colors are on point and the size is just right.
I don't know much about rugs, but this one looks ok to me.
Now that we have the rug in place, we just have to build that dang kitchen. Baby steps.