Buying a custom rug is a very personal decision, it allows you to express your taste and style and is the perfect opportunity to have that one furniture piece that ties together an area, 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 several considerations that should be taken into account when designing, or commissioning, your personal bespoke rug.

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

The price increase for custom rugs is not basically the design process but the economies of scale involved in purchasing dyes, drafting up the design onto some type of computer, then onto a canvas for hand-tufting, or perhaps 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 way to obtain inspiration for custom rugs – many custom rugs take a preexisting design and modify it slightly, or adapt the colours while keeping the pattern the same, or just alter the size to suit. Of course some custom rugs could be more cost-effective than designer rugs giving an identical quality at a lower price-tag, the only real difference being the lack of a designer sticker underneath.

custom rugs The next pitfall to avoid when commissioning a custom rug gets your design wrong at the start, changing components of your rug after the manufacturing process has begun is probably not 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 is actually 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 when it does not, are you currently OK with that? Conversely, having a custom rug designed to own it bland may defeat the purpose, so putting some thought right 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 will often cost less than you would think, obtaining a quote and sending off ideas of designs costs nothing. Find out costs and timeframes and take your choice from there.