As winter approaches, you may wonder which are the best places to buy rugs. Rugs add warmth and character to any type of floor, although we must admit that the look of a quality rug on beautifully maintained wood floorboards is one of our favorite things.
There is a near-infinite variety of shapes, sizes, and materials to play with when choosing a rug, and a good quality rug will last you many years, perhaps even decades if you look after it properly.
If quality and natural materials matter to you, go for a timeless handwoven wool rug. Or, if you live in a busy household and like changing you decor often, choose a good-looking synthetic one. Whatever your preference, the best places to buy rugs will give you plenty of options.
1. Ruggable (opens in new tab)
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Known for: Washable rugs
Available at: Ruggable (opens in new tab)
All the rug styles imaginable in every size and shape you could possibly need, but washable? The Ruggable concept is genius. The rugs look and feel amazing, but you won't need to worry about them getting destroyed by children and pets. And we really like the easy-to-navigate website. You can search by color, size, or style, and there are also faux hide and outdoor options. A flawless rug shopping destination.
2. West Elm (opens in new tab)
Known for: Furniture, home decor
Available at: West Elm (opens in new tab)
West Elm is the best place to buy rugs if you're looking for living room rug ideas. Their offering of neutral, thick-pile rugs made from both natural and synthetic fibers is second to none. What we really like is that anything from West Elm is guaranteed to last. Large area rugs from them are particularly good value for money and well worth the investment.
3. Rugs USA (opens in new tab)
Known for: Indoor and outdoor rugs
Available at: Rugs USA (opens in new tab)
If your primary criterion is choice, you can't go wrong with Rugs USA. It is one of the biggest rug retailers out there, with efficient delivery and customer services to match. The website is very easy to navigate, with options to search for area rugs, washable options, outdoor styles, and more. They also sell vintage rugs, which is a bonus if you prefer a circular home decor economy. The 30-day return policy is a bonus, so if you find that you new rug isn't right for your home after all you can return it with no trouble.
4. Burrow (opens in new tab)
Known for: living room, bedroom, seating, rugs
Available at: Burrow (opens in new tab)
If you find having to browse through too many options wearying, then Burrow's mindful approach to home decor shopping will delight you. The rug selection is carefully curated to suit the vast majority of home decor styles, with clever patterns and color options that are guaranteed to work with your space. We think that the Harvest Moon Rug (opens in new tab) is especially versatile, with its lovely combination of soft pattern and neutral colors.
5. Serena & Lily (opens in new tab)
Known for: Coastal style decor
Available at: Serena & Lily (opens in new tab)
Your one-stop destination for all things coastal, Serena & Lily will not be beaten on soft, nautical-style rugs that look great in any room all year round. They are especially well-known for knotted designs that add texture to your flooring and for sustainable options made from natural materials such as jute.
6. Anthropologie (opens in new tab)
Known for: Furniture, home decor, accessories
Available at: Anthropologie (opens in new tab)
If you like boho liveliness to your rugs, then Anthropologie is the place. Their tufted designs are especially tasteful and the manufacturing quality is great. Cotton and viscose yarns make their rugs go the extra mile when it comes to durability.
7. Wayfair (opens in new tab)
Known for: furniture, home decor, outdoor
Available at: Wayfair (opens in new tab)
One of the most comprehensive selections of rugs on the web, and that's that. Wayfair is a retailer giant but somehow manages to deliver a shopping experience that's still easy to navigate and pleasurable. To avoid being overwhelmed by too much choice we recommend using their rugs landing page, which allows you to select the type of rug you're after, from kitchen rug ideas to kids' rugs and doormats.
8. Annie Selke
Known for: designer rugs
Available at: Annie Selke (opens in new tab)
If your heart's desire is a truly luxurious, hand-tufted wool rug, then head to designer Annie Selke's beautiful website. The quality is truly outstanding, with micro cotton woven, and turfted options available. The real star here, though, is Annie's unparalleled instinct for color and pattern. These are outstanding pieces that will last a lifetime.
Known for: Bedding, bath, home decor
Available at: Nordstrom (opens in new tab)
A respectable collection of brands, from old favorites like Ralph Lauren Home and Vera Wang to more niche offerings by smaller manufacturers. Expect hand-woven Moroccan styles and tufted wool blends, and we would definitely check out the tantalizing range of indoor-outdoor rugs by Couristan. Like the softness of shearling? They stock UGG shearling rugs too. Nordstrom do seasonal sales, too, so check for substantial discounts at the end of the summer and around November and Christmas sales times.
10. Urban Outfitters (opens in new tab)
Known for: Furniture, bedding, storage, rugs
Available at: Urban Outfitters (opens in new tab)
If you want something a little out of the ordinary, then Urban Outfitters is still the place to look. These aren't your typical neutral offerings. Expect bold prints, chunky textures, and exotic patterns on Moroccan-style flatweaves. Those who have a more eclectic approach to home decor will really appreciate these more left-field designs. We think this is one of the best places for bedroom rug ideas, especially if your space is small and you want something to liven it up a little.
Anna Cottrell is now a freelance writer, having previously been a Content Editor for Future's homes titles. She has a background in academic research and is the author of London Writing of the 1930s. She writes about interior design, property, and gardening. On H&G, she specialized in writing about property – buying, selling, renting, mortgages – sustainability and eco issues.
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