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How Do I Choose the Best Bespoke Rug?

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The best way to choose a bespoke rug is to consider individual preferences, like budget, color, or shape, along with the reputation of the rug dealer. As rug quality is directly proportional to rug price, it’s best to buy at the top of the budget range in order to get a durable bespoke rug that holds dyes well and has visual impact. A wise consumer should also investigate the dealer’s policies on shipping costs, turnaround time, and returns, as these can vary greatly among competitors.

When choosing a bespoke rug design, a buyer should consider the purpose of the rug and relationship to other furnishings in the room. A rug with bold patterns and colors can serve as the focal point of a room, while a solid-color rug can complement another focal point, like a piece of wall art or furniture, by repeating a color scheme. Careful measurements can help determine the correct shape and size of the bespoke rug and prevent costly errors.

Budget can also be a determiner of bespoke rug design. Natural fibers, like silk, wool, or cotton, tend to hold dyes better and are best for rugs with subtle color gradations and detail. Wool is a durable material suitable for high-traffic areas, while cotton has a softer texture and wears out more quickly. Synthetic fibers can be durable at a lower cost, but are best for simpler designs because they don’t dye as well as rugs made from natural fibers.

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Another determiner of bespoke rug quality is knot density. In general, the more knots per area, the better the quality. Knot density can be measured in RAJ, or number of knots in 7 square centimeters, or KPSI, or knots per square inch. If durability is a concern, it’s best to buy the highest knot density possible within a given budget. Hand-knotted bespoke rugs are more expensive than machine-woven and are suitable for heirloom-quality rugs.

Some bespoke rug companies offer custom rugs for hard-to-fit areas, like boats, staircases, and recreational vehicles. These companies offer a wide variety of durable synthetic fiber options for special areas, like waterproof boat rugs. Bespoke rugs for odd-shaped areas should be precisely measured to ensure a perfect fit.

Before ordering a custom rug, it’s a good idea to research a company’s reputation before doing business. A company’s turnaround time, shipping costs, and return policy should all be considered before choosing a bespoke rug manufacturer. Some offer financing options if necessary.

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