Best places to shop for rugs
In my opinion, finding the perfect beautiful rug for a project is one of the hardest things we do as designers. I typically prefer vintage and literally have a handful of go-to site and sources that I check in with weekly (err...daily) just in case something comes in that I have to have. The best ones sell quickly and they are usually one-of-a-kind so once they're gone, they're gone. Ebay, Etsy and flea markets are definitely sources for gems but you really have to have established relationships with sellers or know your rug stuff to avoid getting ripped off. So, where should you go to find awesome rugs?
RugsUSA is a vast collection of reproductions. Their prices can't be beat but you have to work a bit to find quality in the weave and design. We haven't had a ton of luck in the vintage department here but their naturals department (jute, sisal etc) is great and they have some of the best rugs for kids. Here are a few that caught our eye:
- this 8x10 jute
- this 9x12 flatweave for under $400
- this hide
- this multi-colored tribal (in a wool weave)
- this geometric
- this, this or this for a kiddo play room
This source has, by far, the most selection. It's great when we're looking for something specific but tough when we just want to browse. They almost always have a sale and their search parameters are pretty good but they tend to be the most expensive. For vintage rugs I typically start with the Persians and then sift through each sub-collection. One trick I learned recently that really helps narrow down the options is to click on the "blue" filter and it seems to generate rugs with more unusual colors (it basically take the predominately red rugs out). If you're looking for a truly vintage rug make sure there is an Authentic green sticker on the listing. Here are a few favorites (shown above):
- This feminine runner
- Fun colors happening here
- If you're feeling dark and moody, try this one and read our post on trends for 2017
- And we can all fight over this beauty
Nothing great was ever easy (or something like that). Ecarpetgallery is one of my super secret spots because their prices are amazing but you sort through a massive amount of inventory. Trust me, it's worth it. I've purchased numerous pieces for clients and my own home and the photo depiction/quality is spot on. Oh, and you can call them or live chat and ask for a lower price. I love haggling! Their inventory changes daily (like right now they have a ton of runners) so you have to check back often but the deals are awesome.
Here are a few favorites currently for sale:
- You had me at dull teal
- This for a kids room
- Fun runners here , here and here
- Almost identical to our master bedroom rug, here (9x12 and under $700)
Vintage rugs are a great way to add character and personality to a space but like all things should be used in moderation. For example, if you are going to do a large Persian area rug in your family room perhaps try some natural options or solid colors in other rooms. They're are also great accent pieces and are less expensive in smaller sizes that often fit perfectly in bathrooms, laundry rooms, as runners and in entryways. Well, I guess the secret is out: I'm a rug fanatic. It feels good to admit and if you'd like to design a whole room around one of these amazing rugs I might know someone you can call.