The Art of Buying a Rug: how to source and buy the best quality rug you can… at the price you want

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Rugs are great; they add interest, warmth and texture to a room, as well as section off larger rooms into smaller portions, creating natural eating space and relaxation zones.

Rugs can be used all over the house, from runners in the hallway to fluffy ones to warm your feet as you leave your bed in the morning. Even the kids don’t get left out; they can choose from bright character rugs to shaped rugs as well as those that help them play.

Rugs are seen as the ‘art of the floor’ and if you are looking for a new one, then you need to know how to make the right choice. Refining your search will help you look in the right places BUT, cheap rugs are not easy to find…

Set your budget

Without a doubt, setting your budget BEFORE you start looking for your rug is essential. You can pick up incredibly cheap, small rugs made from synthetic fibres but in all honesty, you may find that the quality for high-traffic areas, such as a hallway, is rather dubious. Hence, when setting your budget you do need to be realistic about what you can get for your money.

Not sure how high or low to set your budget? Some designers suggest that the highest quality of rugs will cost on par with a sofa – bear this in mind when looking for your rug!


There is no doubt that the way the rug is made will influence its price, as well as in most cases how long it will last and where it is suitable. Those rugs that are constructed using the most labour-intensive methods, such as hand-weaving, will have a higher price tag. Tufted rugs – which can be handmade or machine-made – could present a better option for those looking for a cheap rug.



Another common factor in how much your get for your money when it comes to rugs is the material from which it is made. This is one area where you may need to compromise.

On one hand, the purchase of natural fibre rugs is once again gathering pace simply because we are becoming more aware of our impact on the planet, as well as supporting home industries such as the British Wool trade. But on the other hand, technologies and manufacturing techniques have made a wider range of synthetic materials open to consumers, meaning cheap rugs are an option.

The benefits of wool as a sustainable product are being celebrated once again in the UK, with more people opting for this great natural product


Not only is it the construction of the rug that adds to the cost, but also the size. Rugs come in all shapes and sizes and generally, as a rule of thumb, the bigger the rug, the higher the price. However, this can depend on what it is made from and how the rug has been made. In the end, you may find that you will need to refine your search, opting for a smaller rug if the price is an issue.


But, all is not lost as many people think that looking for a cheap rug means opting for plain, safe and boring! What does come to your rescue is the fact that many rugs are now shaped, which adds interest to a room, as well as being a great piece of art for your floor. There are many different shapes, so why not take another look at how a shapes rug could really add pizzazz to your room.


Looking for a cheap rug does not mean compromising on style; there are a huge number of colours, patterns, florals, two-tone rugs and block colours… the list could go on and on. The great news for that shopping on a budget is that this range and choice do not diminish with the less money you have to spend!


Neither does the fact that rugs can be cleaned, dry-cleaned or shampooed! All rugs, even in low-traffic areas within the home, take a battering throughout their lives and unlike hiring heavy wet vacuums for cleaning fitted carpets, rugs can be rolled up and either taken to a specialist cleaner or given a shampoo or cleaned in the garden.

Many people worry that shopping on a budget will mean that the get the cheap rug they need for their pad will effectively mean compromising on everything, but here at we know that this is not the case.

Clean rugs can be simple when you know how but always take time to do your research first

If you have a small budget, we can help. We have hundreds of great rugs in stock, in all shapes and sizes suitable for every part of your home – and every budget!

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