Reconnecting with the past

Los Angeles, California | 4507 Sales


Reconnecting with the past

Los Angeles, California 4507 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars (1688)

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Last updated on Apr 28, 2018

"Follow" us on F A C E B O O K and I N S T A G R A M for special sales, free giveaways, and new listings! Offering a mix of well-preserved collectibles: Vintage Rugs | Antique Rugs | Fine Arts | Textiles | Clothing | Home Decor

Lara Minassian

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Lara Minassian

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My Story

My shop name and image were inspired by the often otherworldly and spiritual aspect of quality vintage objects. My vision is for people to be able to reconnect with the past, the same way one might reconnect with their loved ones through séance. I chose the floating woman image to suggest not only levitation during séance, but an overall sense of freeness and weightlessness, which is fundamentally how I want to connect with people.

My background as an artist has strongly influenced the way I channel my creativity through my shop and business. I see my shop somewhat like a painting, where different parts come together to make up a whole. I want my objects to resonate with the customer to create a certain mood or emotion, or perhaps trigger a memory once thought forgotten. I also love to always change things up and push ahead, and surprise my customers with new and unique finds.

I am fascinated by the history and nostalgia each vintage item carries, its journey into my possession and ultimately the hands of new and appreciative owners. It’s so rewarding to see these items with their beauty and character endure for decades to be reused again. Plus nothing compares to the fun and excitement of stumbling upon an incredible gem in a place where you least expect to find it!

Shop members

  • Lara Minassian

    Owner, Curator, Photographer

    Outside of Etsy, I’m also an artist and painter whose travels have enriched my life and art. Of Armenian descent, I now live and work in Los Angeles. I have an MFA in drawing and painting, and exhibited/taught art in SoCal.

  • Scarlet Saroyan

    Reseach, Marketing

    Proudly employed at House of Séance, I come with +20 years of experience in Client Servicing/Marketing from corporate entities. I studied Music and Linguistics. Outside work, I am a private chef, and a piano instructor.

  • Tina Gasparyan


    I’m Tina, the creative photographer at House of Séance since 2017. I studied Architecture, but currently pursuing my passion as a painter, and exhibiting actively at various art shows and galleries.

  • Nia N.R.

    Customer Service, Description Writer

    I’m Nia, your dedicated product description writer at House of Séance. An undergrad major in Biology, but also an accomplished and awarded writer with multiple published journals and poetry books.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 12, 2019
Hello and welcome to my shop where you will discover useful, decorative, collectible and well designed vintage objects from yesteryear. Please check back regularly as I am always posting my latest finds. Feel free to contact me with any questions or special requests you might have, and I will do my best to accommodate you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Check
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details

Undecided which rug to buy? We want to help you decide.

Buy up to three rugs, bring them to your space for evaluation. Keep at least one, and get a full refund for what you return. For rugs that you keep, we will credit you the shipping cost, in line with our 'free domestic shipping' policy.

However, if you return everything, the return terms will fall back to our default 'store credit only' policy, and both ways shipping costs will apply (i.e., shipping cost to you and back to us).

Please make a note of these terms:
♦ Refunds and credits will be issued within 30 days from the purchase date.
♦ Please do not ship items back to us until we send you instructions.
♦ A restocking fee of $25 will apply on each of the returning rugs.
♦ Shipping will apply to all international orders.


If for any reason you change your mind about your purchased rug(s), domestic returns can be made up to 14 days after the date of purchase for store credit only.

♦ Return shipping fees will be the buyer's responsibility.
♦ Before issuing a store credit, the initial shipping cost will be deducted from the total amount, since all domestic shipping costs are covered by us, and are free to our customers.
♦ Rug must be insured for the full purchase value, and a direct signature of an adult is required upon return delivery.
♦ If an incorrect or incomplete address is provided and the package is deemed undeliverable or returned to sender, the buyer is responsible for reshipping charges.
♦ Rug must be shipped* back within 14 days of purchase, it must be well-packed, and returned to us in the condition that it was shipped to you initially.
*Refer to specific packaging directions under "Shipping Policy" section.

♦ Store credit will be issued within 7 to 10 business days upon receipt and inspection of the rugs.
♦ Sale items are FINAL. Return/exchange/credit or refunds do not apply to items on sale.
♦ No exchange or credit on customized rugs, without any exception.

For rugs especially, we recommend our customers to inquire about all their color-related questions prior to making a purchase, as colors differ from one monitor to another.


All items (excluding rugs) are FINAL sale, and products are sold as is without warranty.

Important: Our store policies supersede all pre-selected language by Etsy's default settings, which are included above under the header "The following items can't be returned or exchanged".

We are happy to send more detailed photos for your consideration before your purchase. However, once items are purchased we will not issue a refund but will consider an exchange or credit on a case-by-case basis.

The objects we sell are vintage, so we strive to describe all items as accurately as possible; however, manufacturers' flaws or wear and tear of time are expected. Please read descriptions carefully and contact us with questions before making a purchase.

Claims made on this website are those of our own and they are not supported by any expert opinion. We take great care to disclose as much history as possible about the items within our shop but we can not be held responsible for accuracy or authenticity.


Color: Several variables affect exact colors; when in doubt, we encourage you to ask detailed questions instead of relying on the posted photos. Most pile rugs have a dark and a light side, depending if they are viewed from the top or bottom side of the frontal part of the rug.

Descriptions: We make every effort to accurately and completely describe the condition of our vintage items and their possible flaws. For anything with internal mechanisms, keep in mind that the vintage nature exempts the articles from any current safety standards. It is the buyer's responsibility to ensure that the purchased items are safe for their intended use.

Design Consultation: While we do not offer direct consultation, when requested, we gladly assist our customers by providing advice and giving them suggestions.
Payments are accepted via PayPal and all major credit cards.

Sales taxes are applied at checkout according to your state.


Our ‘standard’ practice for layaways is as follows, but we will be happy to work out a longer-term plan should you need more time:

A non-refundable down payment of 50% is required at the time of purchase to hold the item. The balance is due within the next 30 days. If subsequent payments are not met timely, a $25 late fee will automatically be applied to your invoice.

If you change your mind before the end of the layaway term, your paid balance will be available as store credit, and applicable towards your next purchase.

To begin your layaway plan:

1) Choose the option ‘other’ during checkout. You don't actually pay anything by checking out with this method. Once we know where the item is shipping to, we will then process and send your down payment invoice via Paypal which will be 50% of the item cost + shipping + tax (if there are any).

2) For your next payment (s), we will send you a reminder for payment due date along with a copy of the invoice showing the remaining balance.

3) Your purchase will be shipped upon completion of your dues.

For further questions, please contact us at info [!at]

Shipped within 1-3 business days to the address provided by your Etsy account. All West Coast domestic orders are shipped via "Priority Mail" with tracking. In order to save on shipping, East Coast domestic packages are shipped as "Parcel Select". Insurance is included on all items valued at $100 and above. At your instruction and for an additional fee, shipment can be upgraded to either Priority or Express mail. Nearly all rugs are shipped via FedEx and therefore automatically insured. A "direct" signature is required upon delivery.

Free shipping on domestic orders.


All international orders are mailed via USPS First Class Mail International. Any order weighing over 4 lbs will be shipped via Priority Mail. Shipping upgrades and insurance may be purchased for an additional fee. Please note that any customs fees, taxes and/or duties incurred at the time of delivery are not included or paid by House of Séance, thus the buyer is responsible for the applicable fees. Delays in delivery do occur from time to time due to international customs. A "direct" signature is required upon delivery.

Shipping fees apply on international orders.


For returning items, we will send you specific "packaging" instructions according to what is being returned to us. Please do not send items back until we send instructions, otherwise, you may be responsible for unauthorized shipping costs.


For all UNCLAIMED packages the following terms will apply:

1) Store credit only
2) Return shipping fees will be deducted before issuing store credit
3) restocking fees apply for RUGS only
⧫ purchases under $1000: $50
⧫ purchases over $1000: $75


Claims for lost packages may be processed 30 days after the original shipping date.
House of Séance will subsequently open a claim for the customer with the shipping carrier used. Refunds will be made to customers as soon as House of Séance gets paid from the shipping carrier.
Additional policies and FAQs

♦ Please inquire all your color-related questions prior to making your purchase, as colors differ from one monitor to another.


♦ While it is natural for vintage and antique rugs to have some aging marks, we understand that fixing some wear and tear will enhance the longevity of your rug. Inquire us to discuss your repair needs, and to get you a quote. We work with expert specialists with excellent craftsmanship who have over 35 years experience in the business.

♦ Certain rugs may be altered to fit your space. Inquire us about your needs.
No exchange or credit on altered rugs, without any exception.

Shipping fees will be charged should you decide to send back your rug for repairs.


♦ To receive a trade discount, please send an email to [] with an identification source demonstrating us that you are an interior designer.
♦ Shipping fees apply to all discounted items.


Have you an event? We are happy to serve you by renting our merchandise.

♦ Payments: PayPal only; total price paid in advance; refundable in full* upon return of the item(s) in its original condition.
*Damaged item fees: applicable, upon inspection, the accessed damage fee will be
communicated to clients prior to the deduction from the full amount
♦ Rental fees: applied daily; varies per item; paid in advance; non-refundable
♦ Cleaning fees: one-time fee paid in advance; varies per item; rugs based on measurements
♦ Shipping fees: applicable
♦ Pick up: available onsite during work hours

To discuss your needs, please contact us: []


♦ Upon request, we do offer gift wrapping.


♦ All graphics, photos and, images are copyright and property of House of Séance.