I’m Ben, one of the founders. We started Revival Rugs because we felt that a one-of-a-kind rug shouldn’t cost a month’s rent.
Last year my wife Amber and I were outfitting our apartment with a new rug. We had just moved and our wooden floors were bare. We thought finding a new rug would be a fun process, but it quickly turned into a stressful buying experience.
Everywhere we looked for a rug — whether in person or online — there was a general lack of transparency, unreasonable prices, and poor-quality machine-made replicas. We didn’t have the money to spend thousands on the handmade rugs we loved, but we also didn’t want to settle for something inferior.
Amber and I passed through Istanbul on our honeymoon and we reconnected with our friends. Kurt was designing the interiors of apartments in Istanbul. Joyce, who has a keen eye for design, helped him select the perfect rugs for each unit.
Frustrated with the rugs they found on the market, they traveled to remote cities in Turkey and built a network of artisans to supply beautiful, one-of-a-kind vintage rugs. During our trip, Kurt asked if we wanted to partner with them to supply US businesses with rugs.
Kurt’s proposal set off a firestorm in my head. While we could effectively work as wholesalers, I thought we would have a greater impact by selling directly to you, the consumer.
Revival Rugs was born. We believe that buying one-of-a-kind, vintage handmade rugs should be smooth, transparent, and affordable. We handpick a carefully curated selection of rugs and bring them to your door, minus the mark-up.
Ben & Amber, Cofounders based in Oakland, California
Kurt & Joyce, Cofounders based in Istanbul, Turkey
Unique products: Our rugs are handmade, vintage pieces. No rug is identical. We’re sure you’ll find a rug that reflects your own personal style and identity.
A simple buying process: Our curated collection is handpicked by our team and delivered directly to your door. We’ve found the diamonds in the rough, so you don’t have to.
Prices that make sense: By going direct and cutting out the middlemen, our prices are up to 10x lower than comparable rugs at US retailers.
With operations in the US and Turkey, we visit our suppliers regularly to make sure our products meet our quality specifications and that workers are treated fairly. We simplify the process, eliminating steep markups and costs that don’t add value.