antique indian rug
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The Spend:
Antique Oriental Rug

About $11,000

High-quality Indian imports are a luxurious centerpiece for a room. However, with prices often soaring into the thousands, traditional hand-made rugs can put a strain on lesser decorating budgets. Think of it as an investment, though. Orientals retain their value if well cared for (and often increase in value), and are meant to be heirloom pieces. That can make a rug like this 7½-by-11½-foot antique Agra rug from ABC Carpet worth the splurge.

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