Rugs can vary enormously in style, size, and price — from handcrafted wool rugs that cost as much as an original oil painting to cotton weaves less than $100. Pricing depends on the material used (silk is $$$, wool is $$, cotton is $) as well as size and the process involved in making it (hand-tufting is $$$, machine-weaving is $). Here are our favorite sources that span the entire spectrum from high to low.
Best High-End Rug Stores
Best Mid-Range Rug Stores
Crate and Barrel
The quality of wool and cotton rugs at Crate and Barrel is good, and you can often find discounts in the online outlet section of their webshop. Shop here for traditional patterns, stripes, and basic solids. Shown: Asami Brown Rug, $300 (4x6) - $1,200 (10x14).
They have a nice selection of romantic rugs in rich colors and patterns. Shop here for trendy florals, bohemain styles, and saturated golds, greens, and reds. Shown: Whorled Trapunto Rug, $90 (2x3) - $1,100 (8x10).
They're a Boston-based web business that imports high-quality German wool felt, and they offer readymade and custom floor coverings in a variety of solid colors. Shown: Rectangle Floor Mat, $85 (24"x36") - $1,800 (108"x144").
His "happy chic" look is instantly recognizable, and his rug collection is full of candy colors and tongue-in-cheek patterns. JA rugs are available through his webshop and showrooms. Shown: British Flag Rug, $160 (2x3) - $650 (4x6).
While Dwell has sold affordable rugs through Target for a while now, they just this year began producing a higher quality collection, available through their own catalog and a select network of retail dealers. Shown: Gate Azure/Cream Rug, $650 (8x10).
Available through modern retail dealers like Design Public, 2Modern, and others, Thomas Paul's circular and rectangular rugs are decorated with birds, branches, and images from the natural world. Shown: Love Birds Rug, $270 (3'x5') to $1,470 (8'x11').
Best Budget Rug Stores
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Photo: Angela Adams' Birds and Bees Collection