10 of the best... rugs for under £500
Rugs can easily eat up a large chunk of your budget for a room makeover. I really wanted to set a lower price limit for the rugs in this post, but if you’re looking for a large rug up to 200cm x 300cm in size, it’s pretty difficult to find one for under £250.
There is plenty of advice already out there that will tell you that you should go as large as you can on rugs and not scrimp on size. Received wisdom has it that if you are buying a rug for the living room your sofa should go on top of it, and that it should be longer than the length of your sofa. That’s all well and good but I have a huge sofa and have just invested in some lovely parquet flooring so I don’t want to cover it up completely with an enormous rug. I think each room has to be considered on an individual basis, but as a general rule of thumb I’d agree that it’s usually best to err on the side of a rug that is a little bigger than you think you need, rather than a smaller one which will end up looking a bit lost in the middle of the room.
In this post I’ve excluded small rugs and runners, by which I mean those less than 140cm x 200cm in size, and focused mainly on neutral shades - blacks, whites, greys and creams - because these are the kind of backdrop colours I tend to choose for my own home. Personally I’d always go for natural materials - wool, cotton, or jute. I’m just not keen on the feel of man made fibres, especially underfoot, but if you’re happy to consider other materials it’s possible to find some great designs at more affordable price points.
West Elm Jute Semi Circle Rug
Circular patterns create an eye catching design for this jute rug. As well as being hard wearing, jute is also considered to be a sustainable material, making it an ideal choice if you’re looking to furnish your home with materials that don’t harm the environment.
This bold chevron patterned rug from Swoon Editions is another design that will provide a striking graphic focal point. They have lots of other designs worth checking out too.
Nyborg Berber Style Rug - La Redoute
La Redoute have some of the most affordable pure wool Berber style rugs I’ve come across, along with some even more budget friendly options in polypropylene. It’s worth trying to pick one up at a discount during one of their regular sale promotions.
Black & white stripe dhurrie
If you are looking for an affordably priced large rug in wool, as opposed to cotton, this is one of the best options I’ve found. I tracked it down thanks to Rebecca Wakefield who used it one of her projects recently. I’m thinking of getting the 200cm x 300cm size for our living room once all the building work is complete.
It’s available in lots of different size options, but given the relatively affordable price I’d be tempted to go big.
Harrogate Wool Tassel Rug
Just nudging in at the upper end of price range, this wool and viscose blend rug from The White Company has a slubby texture with a subtle sheen and feels beautifully soft underfoot. The neutral colour would blend seamlessly into lots of different rooms - I’d use it to add warmth and texture to a pared back minimalist bedroom.