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 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 important to get it right.
There are various considerations that should be taken into account when designing, or commissioning, your own bespoke rug.
Firstly you should consider if there is something similar already out there. Existing designs are a safe way of getting 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 need a custom rug in the first place. If there is a rug out there in the right size and colours then it is likely to be less expensive than having a rug made bespoke. The cost increase for custom rugs is not simply the design process but the economies of scale involved in purchasing dyes, drafting up the design 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 an existing design and modify it slightly, or adapt the colours while keeping the pattern the same, or simply alter the size to suit. Of course some custom rugs can be more cost-effective than designer rugs giving a similar quality at a lower price-tag, the only difference being the lack of a designer sticker underneath.
The next pitfall to avoid when commissioning a custom rug is getting your design wrong at the start, changing elements of your rug once the manufacturing process has begun may not be possible and if it is it could be costly. Better to take longer at the design 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 might be perfect for right now but will it look right if you change your decor and if it does not, are you OK with that? Conversely, having a custom rug made to have it bland may defeat the purpose, so putting some thought into a design that you will love for years to come helps to make it a high value purchase. However, custom rugs do not have to cost the earth and will 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 decision from there.