Rugs and Carpets: 8 Tips before you buy
by Russell Webb
a custom ordered product always has a small amount of risk involved.
After all, most custom products require the buyer to take a leap
of faith because they are going to buy something site unseen. This
does apply to custom rug making as well. You can minimize the risks
by educating yourself and prepare yourself with proper planning.
Here are 8 important tips:
Tip #1: Research the available custom rug fabricators
in your local area or go online. Look for quality and professionalism.
Do they have experience? Do they have designs to choose from? Do
they have a portfolio that you can look at?
#2: Identify a budget for your rug project. If your budget
is tight, then maybe ordering a custom rug isn't realistic at this
time. If you can afford to spend extra for something unique and
custom then you may be looking at $500-1000 for smaller size rugs,
$1000-5,000 for larger sizes - depending on size and complexity,
costs can escalate even further as rugs get larger. If you're ordering
multiple rugs then politely demand a package price discount!
Get design ideas online by visiting area rug sites. If you find
a design that you like, then try and capture the largest image that
you can. You can 'right click' the image with your mouse and 'save
image as' into a folder on your desktop. Start a collection of inspiring
Consider how the rug will integrate into your interior. Do you have
a fabric or theme that you can play from? Do you have a style that
appeals to you; some current styles might be Old World, Modern,
Tropical, Southwestern, Abstract, or even Whimsical.
#5: Several rugs can tie-in together from room to room.
They don’t have to be all the same design. Consider reversing
some of the colors or changing the design elements slightly. This
is a great method for integrating multiple custom rugs within the
#6: Stay clear of overly complex designs. If you want to
match that busy Persian rug design in your living room, then you’re
better off looking for a Persian rug supplier, not a custom rug
Tip #7: Share your favorite designs with your rug
fabricator. Discuss options for integrating your ideas into your
own custom rug. Ask for an estimate in writing on your proposed
design. Expect to pay extra for any additional artwork that may
#8: Choose your colors direct from carpet swatches. It’s
fine to see the final artwork on your screen monitor, however, screen
monitors and printouts vary. Your final decision should be based
on exact materials that will be used in your rug. Have swatches
shipped to you for final approval if you are ordering from a merchant
rug production times should be around 4-6 weeks, depending on complexity
and quantities ordered. This is an average turn around time for
custom rug fabricators.
you can see, custom rug fabrication has some interesting benefits
to consider. It’s not for everybody, yet the creative possibilities
are endless and the interest in customizing our home interiors is
more popular than ever.
Here's a quick summary of the tips: Determine a budget for your
rug purchase. Integrate the designs with your existing interior.
Find designs and themes that attract you. Stay clear of overly complex
designs. Get an estimate of the proposed design. Choose colors from
physical swatch samples.
can be creative and you can have fun with the whole process. The
key is to have a clear picture of the proposed design before buying,
which is not that hard to do. The end result should be a beautiful
addition to your home interior in the exact size and colors that
© 2007 Russell Webb
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