5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Buy A Cheap Rug

Savannah Moroccan Fringe from Mona by NuLoom

Just about everyone loves a good area rug to add a bit of character to a room. Most of us probably have also had to face the harsh reality of how much rugs can actually cost. Just like anything else in life, you can’t be cheap if you want to obtain better quality products. But just because something has a higher price, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily great quality.

When shopping for any home décor products, cutting corners to get a cheaper price should be avoided if at all possible. You want to make sure that whatever you buy is going to be worth the money you put out and will last for many years to come. This isn’t just for rugs, but couches, recliners, kitchen tables, patio furniture, and the list goes on. When it comes to the things that make your home ‘homey’ you always want to choose quality over quantity.

Quality Over Quantity

BFG628F from Berber Fringe Shag by Safavieh

Just like buying anything else, rugs that are good quality are going to cost a bit more, but they are worth the price in the end. Rugs are something that you don’t want to have to buy multiple of because even the cheap ones aren’t too cheap. Although many rugs can last a long time, a good quality rug can last for a lifetime, if not multiple lifetimes.

High-quality rugs ensure discoloration doesn’t take place, it won’t easily wear, it’s easy to clean, and overall you get what you pay for. One way to look at it is if the price is too good to be true, whoever manufactured that rug probably cut corners. Rugs are usually pricey no matter what, so when shopping, be willing to put out a bit extra for that peace of mind if at all possible.


NZ-01 from Cadence by Loloi

A lot of quality rugs are manufactured in factories, but the very best rugs are knotted by hand. A rug manufactured in a factory doesn’t necessarily mean bad quality, but the best rugs are created by hand.

Rug making is a craft that we don’t often get to see, but if you ever have the privilege to buy one, know that it will serve its purpose well because it was made with love and care. The people who make them tend to view what they do as an art piece and will put their personal touch on every rug that they make. You don’t have to have a hand-made rug for it to be good quality, but it usually ensures that quality is there.


Vintage Stella Rug from Dream by NuLoom

One of the first ways a manufacturer will cut corners when making a cheaper rug is using lower quality dyes. Even if the rug itself lasts for a while, it really doesn’t matter if the color fades easily over time.

This applies to white rugs as well. A major concern when shopping for an all-white rug is how easily it can yellow over time. The best thing to do is make sure you buy from a brand that has established credibility with the products they produce. If you do that, you should get a white rug that stays white.

Wear and Tear

Savannah Moroccan Fringe from Mona by NuLoom

Certain rug materials can wear easier than others. For example, rugs that can be used both inside and outside are usually made with much more durable material and contain tightly wound fibers ensuring that the material can withstand any type of situation. Meanwhile, fluffier rugs, for obvious reasons, can wear out much easier.

It’s probably common sense that a cheap rug is less durable, but there are certain types of rugs that are much more susceptible to quick wear and tear. This goes back to the quality aspect when it comes to shopping for rugs. You’re probably going to have to spend a little bit on a rug, so you might as well be willing to put out the proper amount for the peace of mind that comes with owning a good quality product.


LAN-03 from Landscape by Loloi

A high-quality handcrafted rug also tends to have more character than mass-produced rugs. Rug making is an art form, so if you own a good quality rug that was hand-made, you don’t just have a rug but a piece of art.

Having a hand-made rug may not be important for everyone, but if you can afford it, a handmade rug could be a great way to go.

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