Ahhh…spring is in the air, there is a bounce in my step, and I am feeling über generous today. Well, the truth is, this favorite sources post got away from me. I had a hard time narrowing down my favorite rug sources and an even harder time picking my favorite three rugs from each source. So get ready for a big long graphic with lots of great sources for rugs!
I am sharing my top 15 sources for area rugs. That means there are 45 rugs on the graphic below! There are a bunch of budget-friendly sources in here, like Urban Outfitters and RugsUSA, but I have also included favorite sources for investment rugs. Just remember the budget-friendly to splurge-worthy order is relative to each source, and doesn’t necessarily mean a source has a budget-friendly rug for your budget. For example, the cheapest rug at The Rug Company is more expensive than almost all the rugs in this post.
What Should You Budget for a Rug
You can find rugs at all different price points. I think an 8×10 area rug for any less than $650 is a great deal. That is kind of my guideline. If you need a 8×10 rug, don’t expect to find a quality one at that size for less than about $250. To get the biggest bang for your buck look for flatweave (also called Dhurrie or Kilim), printed cotton, or indoor/outdoor rugs. They are generally cheaper than wool and natural fiber rugs, but you sacrifice plush-ness and texture. The quality of indoor/outdoor rugs has improved greatly and some are very soft. I recommend indoor/outdoor rugs for homes with young children and pets. The more expensive rugs will be wool, silk, natural fiber, handmade, or vintage. More expensive rugs will be thicker, more plush, or have beautiful texture.
Why You Might Consider Spending More on a Rug
I used to be a rug bargain hunter, but now that I have owned some higher quality rugs (like this one from Room & Board and this one from RugsUSA) I see the value of investing in a rug. A beautiful, high quality rug can outlast many other pieces in your home. Quality and durability are important to a rugs lifespan, because you are going to be walking on it every day. A great rug has the power to transform a room. It is often the biggest dose of color or pattern in the room and can instantly set the design style. Bottom-line: rugs are an important design element.
My Favorite Rug Picks
If you have browsed my mood board gallery, then you know I love a good rug. I preference geometric patterns and great color. If I am looking for a neutral color, the rug texture becomes much more important. Below the graphic I have included all the source links and some comments on why I like each source. Here are 45 of my favorite rugs:
Overstock – Great prices and sometimes free shipping on rugs. If I see a rug I like on a flash sale site, I like to check for the same rug on Overstock. Occasionally you can find the same rug at the same or lower price. Overstock accepts returns, unlike most flash sale sites. Pictured: Hand-Hooked Blue/White Rug, Thorne Jute Rug, Handmade Ikat Rug
RugsUSA – I proudly own a RugsUSA rug. I have had it in my family room for over a year and it makes the room. They have a huge selection of rugs from some I think are hideous to some of the most beautiful rugs I have ever seen. Use the search filters to make browsing easier. Some of my favorites include their affordable overdyed rugs and anything in the RugsUSA Homespun and Handmade lines. Pictured: Overdyed Grove Turquoise Rug, Trellis Navy Rug, Homespun Maia Trellis Gold Rug
Land of Nod – Did I surprise you with this one? And, I am not just including this for the kiddos. Yes, this sister site to Crate & Barrel caters to children, but some of their rugs are anything but childish. Look here for fun rugs for kids rooms, play rooms, and family rooms. Pictured: Magic Carpet, Chevron and On, Crow’s Feet
Crate and Barrel – Their selection is relatively small, but exclusive and unique. The color selection is limited as well. They always have great patterns that will be timeless. Pictured: Chevron Outdoor Rug, Jasper Aqua Rug, Kipp Yellow Rug
West Elm – Great stop for flatweave dhurries. I love their bold stripes and Moroccan inspired patterns. Some of their rugs are even available in matching pouf form. Pictured: Gradated Stripe Cotton Rug, Bazaar Wool Dhurrie, Istanbul Rug
Urban Outfitters – Gets my vote for one of the most budget-friendly sources. If you want a fun pattern in sizes up to 5×8 or 8×10, Urban Outfitters is a good source. They carry a lot of flatweave and printed rugs, which makes them affordable. They will definitely add pattern to a room, but might lack plushness. Rugs from here are great for casual spaces. Pictured: Assembly Home Mixed Striped Rug, Arrowhead Rug, Flokati Rug
World Market – They kind of have a random mix of rugs, but a decent size selection. They carry more rugs online than they display in stores. I have eyed that Pom Pom rug for my son’s nursery for quite a while. Pictured: Chevron Indoor Outdoor Rug, Light Natural Cowhide Rug, Pom Pom Rug in Ocean
The Rug Company – If you have a low-budget, you might not want to even tempt yourself by looking here. You might ruin yourself from ever again seeing beauty in a lower priced rug. Be forewarned must rugs on this site are $1000 and up for an 8×10 size. The prices might be crazy high, but the rugs are also crazy beautiful. If you want to invest in a quality rug that will last a lifetime, shop here. Pictured: Haveli Chevron Blue, Cable Neutral, Sellarsbrook Yellow
RH Baby & Child – Another kid store that should not be overlooked when you are rug shopping. The rugs are higher priced with corresponding higher quality. A lot of them are neutral and subdued, but there are a few colorful styles mixed in. Many of their styles would work will in an upscale kids room (of course) or equally well in an adult formal space. Pictured: Union Jack Patchwork Kilim, Jardin Wool & Silk Flatweave Rug, Maxime Embroidered Chenille Rug
Pure Home – Another beautifully curated selection of rug brands. The rug I want for our family room is available here. Pictured: Jill Rosenwald Zuna Navy Rug, Genevieve Gorder Uzbek Green Rug, Aimee Wilder Yellow Zig Zag
Dash & Albert – Two words: colorful and stripes! Dash & Albert is a dose of happy in the rug world. They have cotton rugs, tufted and hooked wool rugs, as well as indoor/outdoor rugs. When I finally make the plunge for a runner in my kitchen, it will be from here. Pictured: Diamond Canary Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Yacht Stripe Woven Cotton, Hot House Spring Wool Micro Hooked Rug
Home Decorators – They have a huge selection and some styles I could do without, but there are also some great finds. I think the prices are really good. If you need a Martha Stewart fix, this is your place. Pictured: Piper Hand-Hooked Area Rug, Martha Stewart Living Full Bloom, Mystic Wool Area Rug
Ikea – This source is the exception to the rule on cost. You can get large, extremely affordable rugs at Ikea. An Ikea rug always makes a fun, bold statement. Pictured: Lappljung Ruta, Ikea PS 2012, Koldby
Target – Another affordable source. Target carries more rugs online than they do in stores, including some other brands. Target’s best rugs are from their exclusive Threshold and Room 365 brands. Pictured: Threshold Hooked Chevron Rug, Room365 Geometric Rug, Threshold Inez Rug
Okay, you know the deal…I showed you mine, now you show me yours. What are you favorite sources for rugs?
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