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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Antiques: the Environmentally-Responsible Choice

Antiques: the Environmentally-Responsible Choice
18th Century Kaitag Daghestan Embroidery
As an educated and conscientious shopper, you’re probably concerned about protecting the environment. You may take reusable shopping bags into stores, purchase energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs or buy drought-resistant plants that don’t take much watering. Purchasing antiques takes this concern about the environment to the next level. It also communicates to others that you value quality and permanence over cheap, throwaway goods. Here are some reasons why antiques are the perfect choice for those who want to preserve our resources for future generations.

1. Quality antiques won’t end up in a landfill.

Many contemporary designs will be outdated a few years from now. Since most people don’t want to store items in their attics in hopes that they will come back in style, out-of-date pieces are usually carted off to the thrift store or to the dump. Either way, trendy styles typically make their way to a landfill sooner or later.

2. No trees or land need to be sacrificed.

Even renewable materials like bamboo require that many acres be devoted to bamboo farms, often in third-world countries. Those are acres that won’t be used for growing food crops for citizens of those countries.

3. There is no factory waste involved.

Whether a factory dyes fabrics or produces wood products, there is some industrial waste created. Repurposing existing pieces of furniture and accessories helps save the water and air from further pollution.

4. High-quality antiques won’t need to be updated in a few years.

Most people who want their homes to look top-notch replace their furniture or rugs on a regular basis. The current pieces either go out of style or become worn. Antiques are expected to have a bit of wear or fading; it gives the room a feeling of timelessness. You will find, though, that antiques wear far more slowly than contemporary pieces. The materials—hard woods, densely woven fabrics, solid metals—were crafted to last.

The best part is that antiques never go out of style, no matter how many fads come and go. Traditional pieces can also be paired with contemporary accents, giving a look that’s elegant but not too stuffy.

5. Quality antiques can be passed down for generations.

Every antique can be passed down, even if you don’t have antique-lovers in your own family. Since antiques increase in value, very few are simply thrown out over the years. This makes these pieces a valuable investment in the environment—not just for today but for years to come.

So the next time you are looking for rugs, take a look at the collection on the Nazmiyal Antique Carpets Website. Buying Vintage rugs / antique oriental rugs and help protect mother nature!