Generally, rugs are expensive, and expensive purchases create a lot of “hemming and hawing” on my part, particularly because I’m obsessed with getting a good deal. Now that we’ve finished the bulk of our home renovation, I’ve been obsessed with covering up our newly finished 120-year-old floors with rugs. For someone who has been relatively commitment-averse when it comes to buying rugs, I’ve bought 5 over the past 3 months. The nice thing is, I shopped smart and got incredible deals on all of them. So if you are in the boat for buying a new rug, these are the best places to buy a rug.
If you’re just starting out furnishing your home, there is a general rule of thumb that I go by “the closer the item is to your skin, the more you should spend on it.” I.E. don’t spend more on your drapes then your sheets, don’t spend more on your rug than your couch.
That being said, I love a good vintage rug. The VERY FIRST purchase I made when we moved home was a vintage rug from Scott’s Antique Market that I had explicitly saved up for. The color and texture is gorgeous. Low pile, high style. It’s still my favorite rug in the house, and it’s also the most expensive “piece of furniture” we own.
BUT I’ve been searching around the internet and have found a variety of inexpensive rugs online that, once brought home, look as incredible as my vintage runner and for full-sized area rugs, cost 1/2 to 2/3rds less than my vintage beauty.
The Best Places to Buy a Rug
If you’re looking for vintage rugs, I source all of mine at Scott’s Antique Market (in Atlanta) and Etsy. My favorite easy seller is The Oushak Shop, I’ve bought two small rugs from them and they were excellent quality, no smell, no damage.
If you want vintage-inspired rugs, you’ll probably have noticed a company called “LoLoi” that’s popped up all over the internet. My favorite (and the internet’s favorite) rug is the Loren in Terracotta Sky. I found a great price on Amazon, and then I found an even better price on Overstock but it’s labeled a different name.
Another source for well-priced rugs is Rugs USA. I just picked up this Tribal Medallion one from Rugs USA for under $400 for a 9×12. The customer photos look great and I can’t wait to receive it in the mail.
The Best Etsy Sellers for Rugs
Whenever I can source my vintage rugs in person, I definitely prefer to do that but when I’m craving a little online vintage hunting I always turn to etsy. I’ve purchased 5 rugs from various etsy sellers over the years and these are my tried and true favorites!
The Oushak Shop is where I’ve sourced a few small entryway rugs and while they were on the more expensive side, the quality was completely worth it. These rugs have held up incredibly well and were well maintained before coming to me.
So whether you’re shopping new or vintage, these are the best places to buy a rug that I have found. If you have any other sources, drop them in the comments below!