Buying a custom rug is a very personal decision, it permits you to express your taste and style and may be the perfect opportunity to have that one piece of furniture that ties together a room, or multiple rooms. However, when committing to something as significant as a bespoke piece of furniture 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 when there is something similar already on the market. Existing designs are a safe way of obtaining a rug 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 on the market 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 isn’t basically the design process however the economies of scale involved with purchasing dyes, drafting up the look onto a computer, then onto a canvas for hand-tufting, or a rug ‘cartoon’ for hand-knotted rugs, as well as small-scale shipping costs being substantially higher than large batch production. That being 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 match. Of course some custom rugs could be more cost-effective than designer rugs giving a similar quality at less price-tag, the only difference being having less a designer sticker underneath.

The next pitfall in order to avoid when commissioning a custom rug is getting your design wrong in the beginning, changing components of your rug after the manufacturing process has begun is probably not possible and if it really is it could be costly. Easier to take longer at the look stage than realise you earn a mistake later on.

custom rugs Choosing design and colours is actually a careful balance. An ultra-modern and patterned rug may be perfect for at this time but will it look right in the event that you change your decor and when it does not, are you currently OK with that? Conversely, having a custom rug made to have it bland may defeat the reason, so putting some thought into a design that you will love for years to come helps to ensure it is a higher value purchase. 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.