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

Firstly you should consider if there is something similar already out there. Existing designs are a safe way of getting a rug you know will work. I someone out there is making a rug design the probabilities are that it works. Which begs the question if you need a custom rug to begin with. If you have 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 in purchasing dyes, drafting up the design onto some type of computer, then onto a canvas for hand-tufting, or a rug ‘cartoon’ for hand-knotted rugs, and also small-scale shipping costs being substantially higher than large batch production. That said, existing rugs will be the most common way to obtain 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 match. Needless to say some custom rugs could be more cost-effective than designer rugs giving a similar quality at less 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 elements 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 down the road.

Choosing design and colours could be a careful balance. An ultra-modern and patterned rug might be perfect for at this time but does it look right if you change your decor and if it does not, are you currently OK with that? Conversely, having a custom rug made to own it bland may defeat the reason, so putting some thought into a design that you’ll 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’ll think, obtaining a quote and sending off some ideas of designs costs nothing. Learn costs and timeframes and take your decision from there.