If there was ever a constant in home design, it would be the timelessness of a great rug. These meticulously-made items of decor are nothing less than artwork for your floors.
In the case of a well-lived home, rugs become an extension of the owner’s personality, and in a corporate scenario, they can speak to the company culture. In any case, selecting the right piece for the right space is critical. Nowadays, options are seemingly limitless where customers can choose from thousands of designs and sizes, with many more offering semi-custom or made-to-order.
Which is the best option to choose—buying a ready-made rug or investing in more one-of-a-kind bespoke piece? While there may not be one right answer, here are a few pros and cons to keep in mind before making a final decision.
- Can we wait?
When getting any made-to-order rug, it is important to remember that a completely new piece takes time to make. Handmade, customized rugs can take several weeks to make, with some taking longer due to special finishing requirements. While custom rugs take longer, they are unique because they are specially made for your project, making this one-of-a-kind rug something to be enjoyed for years to come.
As mentioned above, there are a number of options available in-stock and ready to go. With a variety of designs and finishes to choose from, picking an in-stock can save you time and money when trying to finish a project on a deadline.
- It’s OK to be square.
Most of the rugs sold today come in the popular, classic rectangular shape. If you are looking for something unusual, you may have to compromise on the number of in-stock options available.
A made-to-order rug, however, can be designed in any custom size and shape. Round and oval rugs are an excellent choice if you are looking for something unique and one-of-a-kind. Square rugs are a great option to enhance the symmetrical aspect of a space. Feeling truly creative? Try an L-shape to frame that breakfast bar, or a U-shape to go around the staircase.
Fortunately, if you require a rug with a shorter lead time, there is a middle ground between made-to-order and in-stock goods. Get a rug cut-to-size from broadloom rolls that are 12 feet or 16 feet wide, and have it finished to meet your aesthetic. For a seamless transition, you can choose between hand or machine serging, giving your rug a soft, classically luxurious look. Or bind the edges with a border of cotton, leather, or wool, adding color and character to your design. Cutting a rug from a broadloom will get you a custom rug in your desired shape, size, and bind, in a few weeks or less.
- Bespoke, for that one-of-a-kind look.
Sometimes it is difficult to find the perfect rug. Whether you are replacing a rug you’ve had for years, or creating an entirely new memory in your new home, finding the right rug can be a challenge. Sometimes the design or colors are just not right, or maybe the in-stock rug is only available in jute, and you need it in wool; choosing bespoke ensures your rug will be perfectly tailored to you.
While there may not be one right answer when it comes to choosing the right rug for your home, making a proper assessment of your needs beforehand will leave little room for regret.