WHAT TO Avoid When Investing in a Custom Rug

Buying a custom rug is a very personal decision, it lets you express your taste and style and may be the perfect opportunity to have that one furniture piece that ties together an area, or multiple rooms. However, when investing in something as significant as a bespoke furniture piece it is very important get it right.

There are numerous considerations that should be taken into account when making, or commissioning, your personal bespoke rug.

Firstly you should consider if you have something similar already on the market. Existing designs certainly are a safe way of obtaining a rug that you know will work. I someone out there is making a rug design the chances are that it works. Which begs the question if you want a custom rug in the first place. When there is a rug out there in the proper size and colours then it is likely to be less costly than having a rug made bespoke.

The price increase for custom rugs is not simply the design process but the economies of scale involved with purchasing dyes, drafting up the design onto a computer, then onto a canvas for hand-tufting, or a rug ‘cartoon’ for hand-knotted rugs, and small-scale shipping costs being substantially greater than large batch production. That said, existing rugs are the most common source of inspiration for custom rugs – many custom rugs take a preexisting design and modify it slightly, or adapt the colours while keeping the pattern exactly the same, or simply alter the size to suit. Needless to say some custom rugs can be more cost-effective than designer rugs giving an identical quality at less price-tag, the only real difference being the lack of a designer sticker underneath.

The next pitfall to avoid when commissioning a custom rug gets your design wrong in the beginning, changing elements of your rug once the manufacturing process has begun might not be possible and if it really is it could be costly. Better to take longer at the look stage than realise you have made a mistake later on.

Choosing design and colours could be a careful balance. An ultra-modern and patterned rug may be perfect for at this time but does it look right if you change your decor and if it does not, are you OK with that? Conversely, having a custom rug designed to have it bland may defeat the reason, so putting some thought right into a design that you’ll love for years to come helps to ensure it is a high value purchase. logo mats However, custom rugs don’t need to cost the earth and can often cost less than you would think, getting a quote and sending off some ideas of designs costs nothing. Find out costs and timeframes and take your choice from there.