The Best Places to Buy a Rug

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 ourhome 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. 

Where to Buy the Best Rugs

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. 

I couldn’t believe it was the same rug (surely it was a rip off)  but I ordered both and sure enough, both were the Loren Terracotta Sky LoLoi rug, the Overstock one for 1/4 the retail cost. 

So judging by this, it seems that the Alexander Home collection at Overstock is the LoLoi collection of rugs found everywhere else but at significantly cheaper prices. 

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. 


That’s it, those are my sources for rugs. If there is another rug source that you love, drop it in the comments below and I would love to check it out! 

Author: Cynthia

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