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Ask Casa: Help Me Find an Affordable Rug That We Both Love

Hi Casa,
My boyfriend and I are furnishing his apartment, and are having trouble finding a rug we both like! The furniture we have already bought is modern, but I like to mix modern with more traditional accents so that in five years we don't hate the look we created. To do that, I want to get a rug that isn't too modern, but isn't very traditional (I've ruled out ultra-geometric patterns and he's ruled out florals). We both like this rug from Crate and Barrel, but the 6x9 ft size is really out of our price range at $600, plus, we we would need something closer to 5x8 feet. I also like this Angela Adams rug, but it's also out of our price range!

I want to find something with ocean-inspired colors to go with our green tea colored couch, and complement how I envision the living room evolving over time, but I'm having difficulty finding something we like that doesn't cost too much! I think I would be willing to spend $400 maximum on the rug. To make it more difficult, I'd prefer that it be made with natural materials! I know, it's a tall order!

It would be awesome if you could help me!

Many thanks in advance,
Dr. No

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Hi Dr. No,

That's a tall order, but I like a woman who knows what she wants! So, natural fiber, under $400, not too modern, somewhat undulating wave/stripe pattern, ocean-inspired colors, and something that will work with your green-tea-colored sofa. I think I got it.

My first suggestion is to look at the Pottery Barn Teen Side Stripe Rug ($299 for a five-by-eight size). It's made of wool with a cotton backing, and has a deep blue color and striped pattern that might work for your boyfriend's pad.

Or, you might want to try the Ikea Hellum Rug ($129 for five-by-eight size), which is a more turquoise blue color and features wool construction and stripes, too.

For a more undulating pattern, check out CB2's Camo Rug ($299 for five-by-eight size). Don't be turned off by the name: the wavy stripes, color pattern, and wool construction are all points in its favor.

I hope this helps!

Join The Conversation
Fenchurch1 Fenchurch1 7 years
I would steer clear of IKEA rugs, if possible. Perhaps others have had better experiences with them, but the three that I've had have had a huge shedding problem, and actually killed a vacuum cleaner. They are not super comfortable either. As an alternative, my boyfriend bought his rug at Bed, Bath and Beyond and has been really happy with it.
Peggasus Peggasus 7 years
While I totally understand the budgetary constraints, I would have to say that my experience has not been good with PB rugs. And I REALLY love their stuff. Sure, they're pretty and all, but if they get any amount of foot traffic whatsoever (and yes, I am referring to the all wool ones), they tend to fray pretty badly around the edges fairly quickly, and then there is a mess of exposed webbing underneath, and it also pills and/or sheds copious amount of...wool. So I guess I would say that if your rug is going to be in a living room or other low traffic area, go for it. Any other area, I would maybe opt for another material. Have you checked Home Depot or places like that? They usually have a lot of rugs too. I would like natural materials, too, but wasting your money on something that won't last is also a consideration. I hope you find this helpful. I'm not trying to be bossy or anything. :)
hihowareya hihowareya 7 years
I've noticed some pretty nice and affordable rugs online at Home Depot, Walmart, and In store, the prices at Home Goods and Big Lots are decent. Target seems to have some nice ones, and you can search by color there.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
That Angela Adams one reminded me of one I saw at Target a while back. It looks like they have a couple that may work for you: (natural fiber - wool)
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