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under $100: rugs


last week when i asked you guys what topics you’d like covered on the under $100 column, i was overwhelmed with emails about affordable rugs. while it’s definitely tough to find good quality rugs for less than $100, i rounded up over 40 examples of great affordable rugs in a range of colors and styles. the majority of these rugs are going to be on the smaller side (the first few images are mainly from anthro because they have some great deals on smaller rugs right now), but a few of these come in decent sizes for under $100, so i hope you’ll find something that works for your home. in the next column i’m going to focus on handmade (and independent) work as much as possible, as handmade rugs under $100 just weren’t happening. so if you have any suggestions for under $100 products that are handmade and would fall into a reasonable price category feel free to leave them in the comment section below (i’m thinking maybe tabletop accessories…).

(Note: Amy M. had some Internet difficulties this week, but Living In will be back next Tuesday!)

[image above, clockwise from top left: coqo rug $78+, fireworks rug $78+, reverie rug $78+, festival rug $68+, trapunto rug $88, light wheel rug $78+]


[image above, clockwise from top left: coqo rug $78, finnia rug $78, squirrel rug $98, festival rug $68+, modern heraldry rug $78]


[image above, clockwise from top left: mantadia rug $78, andalusia rug $39+, hogan rug $20+, owl rug $98, northern lights rug $88]

CLICK HERE for the full roundup (and a TON of rugs) after the jump!


[image above, clockwise from top left: peacock round rug $30, sea turtle rug $78, coqo rug $78, rabbit rug $98, vernal cusp rug $78]


[image above, clockwise from top left: black and white striped mat $39+, koko floormat $60, antoinette rug $34, flower stripe rug $58, sprayed lace rug $68, tattersall rug $28+]


[image above, clockwise from top left: diamond rug $34+, striped FLOR tile $13.99 each, zigzag rug $39]


[image above, clockwise from top left: circle fret rug $95+, safari rug $109 (a tiny bit over, but super cute in person), faro rug $89]


[image above, clockwise from top left: unni rug $19.99, dots rug $45+]


[image above, clockwise from top left: ditsy printed rug $18, chevron rug $18]


[image above, clockwise from top left: hand crocheted rug $100 at etsy, jute diamond rug $24, flor tiles $13.99 each+, cabana stripe map $39]

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73 Comments

Stella

I have gotten 2 great rugs from ebay…pakobelrugs. Really colorful, unique, and covered in tassels. Large too 6 by 8 for $60, 4 x 6 for $50. Also great source if you ever want a rug covered in uzis.

Jackie

Wow, cute rugs. For a feature on rugs, I’d settle for a selection of larger rugs (say, 6×9 and 8×10) for under $1,000 and under $500.

At our house, the rugs have to be good enough quality to withstand kid traffic (so, not cheap), yet not so expensive that you have to ban kids from setting foot on them.

colleen

overstock.com and rugs direct have an amazing selection of rugs at great prices including a much cheaper version of west elm’s zigzag rug.

Diapers & Divas

These are all really awesome! Great price points, too! I’m looking for something fun for our kitchen. Thanks for the guidance!

Tanya

Just when I thought I figured out what rug I wanted…now I have a TON of options. Overwhelmed with happy choices :)

jackie connelly

Rugs *truly are* the hardest thing to find within a budget (unless your budget is a bijillion dollars of course ;)
These are some great options – thanks!
And to know Anthropologie has rugs…as if I didn’t love that place enough already. (sigh).

Leah

I have been looking at rugs like crazy lately so this is perfect! That peacock rug from UO is calling me!

Tia

These are incredible choices! I’d been happy with my simple jute rugs, but they’re starting to unravel after 5 years. It’s overwhelming to think about shopping again, and my taste is almost always outside of my budget! Thanks!

Jennifer

Zach Zaman of Heirloom sells amazing handmade antique rugs, many under $100 at the Brooklyn Flea on Sundays. He’s @heirloomrugs on twitter.

robin

i’ve been rug shopping lately… and it feels like such an impossible task!

UO has a promo going in the US right now (thru tomorrow) if you enter MOREGREEN at check out you get 15 bucks off 75! even cheaper :o)

Susan

I usually really love your recommendations, but I am a little disappointed by this post. A lot of these gorgeous rugs are from Anthropologie which made me a bit skeptical of the under $100 limit. Yes, the rugs you mentioned are $78 but for a 2×3 rug which is basically a glorified doormat. I think overstock.com is a better resource for affordable rugs (4×6, 5×8).

jodi

wonderful round up! just wish i could afford the larger sizes of some of those rugs from anthro.

Laura

the andelusia and the round peackock rugs are my favorites although the andelusia one wouldn’t match any of my decor. I love when you can find reasonable and fashionable items!

Kelly

Also try the rugs at garnethill.com. They have some cute (smaller options) rugs for under $100.

renee

Great post. It is near impossible to find reasonable rugs. Good to know there are options. Thanks!

Cary

thanks for this! i am always on the lookout for less money:) i love the doily one!

Erin

overstock.com!!! they have an incredible collection of non-hideous contemporary rugs for incredible prices. Only a few are as great as Anthropologie rugs, but still.

Jessica

I’ve been looking for that UNNI rug from IKEA for a few months now, and had been told that it was discontinued. A quick check of the inventory online would suggest that this is the case, but if there’s any incredibly lucky, helpful, nice person out there who has one of these rugs and wants to sell it, or has a local IKEA that contains hidden mystery stocks of it, can you contact me? I’d be glad to do some sort of ebay/craigslist/paypal transaction with you.

Sara

Hey, I’d love to see a post on under $100 craft room organizers/accessories/ etc.

Jennifer

Although quite a pretty selection, I do not consider a 2×3 rug at $78.00 to be budget-friendly.

Alicia

Great post! I understand some folks might be looking for larger rugs at a budget-friendly price, but I think that most of us who have searched for that have found that beautiful rugs in the 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 sizes are a little higher. But for those looking – after an extensive search, I found West Elm’s jute boucle rug to one of the best, most affordable rugs to cover larger spaces (you have to like that natural look though). $199 for an 8×10, and wait for a discount/free shipping. And then you can buy a gorgeous, smaller Anthropologie rug for the foyer or something.

thelateafternoon

i’m loving all the patterns and colors in this post! i’m currently shopping for a rug and recognize a lot of these from various stores. great finds!

Kimberly

I don’t recommend Ikea’s Unni rug. I owned it for several years in college as the only thing between my feet and the cold dormitory tiles. It’s hard to clean and constantly sheds balls of wool *everywhere*. You get what you pay for, I guess.

I’m graduating in a month and cannot wait to decorate! These rugs are great ideas for my first real-world place.

Miss L

Love these rugs! They’re all so beautiful. Thanks for featuring bargains!

Kelly Stewart

I always love your rug finds,the colors,and textures are endless. I always feel inspired to go to my studio,and weave!

Rebecca

Ditto what Jennifer said. The words budgets and Anthropologie should never be in the same sentence. I like Anthro too, but they are in no way shape or form ever budget.
Honestly it’s more than a bit insulting.

Julian

Just found this post, what a great collection of varieties and styles. I will be coming back!

Dawn

I just ordered the round peacock rug for my baby’s room – EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for and thought I’d never find, much ledd for $39! Thank you soooo much!!

grace

rebecca

in what way is a rug that’s under $100 insulting? if i just implied anthropologie had affordable offerings without providing a large amount of examples, then yes. but there are more than enough small, beautiful rugs from that particular shop in this roundup that the idea of it being insulting just seems silly to me.

grace

eb finds

Perfect timing…I am gutting our sun filled den, and am looking for that inspiration piece to build the room around.

Kris

THANK YOU for doing the research for us! I’ve been looking into a rug for my bedroom and I see like 3 or 4 here that I want! (and can afford!)

MelD

I could weep. I would have nearly any and all of these rugs. At prices above or below $100… and I’m looking for a really nice, colourful rug.

BUT I don’t live in the US. Sob.

Back to square 1.

grace

sorry mel :(

a lot of these places ship outside of the US- did you have one in mind?

grace :)

KJ

This is a great post…I feel like I change rugs like other people change socks and somehow never manage to get the right one…too small, too shaggy, too hard, too white, too dark…for me, this post shows that there are lots of great rugs out there and that I am somehow impaired in matching them to my rooms and how I use them!!

Mary

cute doormats, but I was hoping for something approaching rug size.

grace

mary

there are some decent sized rugs in here. the majority of the anthro rugs are small- but a the other brands are plenty big- just keep clicking ;)

grace

Rebecca

You start the post off by saying that your readers ask for affordable rugs, I get excited and start clicking. Seeing expensive bathmats/doormats from expensive stores is so frustrating. That’s what I mean by insulting, because this is what you think of your reader’s request.
I do appreciate the readers that suggested overstock and rugs direct. I actually need a rug, not a bathmat and found some great options there that didn’t make me feel incredibly poor.

eeloh

I too live outside the US. Anyone know of cool suppliers in Australia – what the hell, Melbourne! – for rugs like this?
And when the hell is Anthropologie setting up shop here? Honestly, we get everything so much later than the rest of the world. We’re still grappling with this electricity thing.
Oh for a return ticket to New York.

grace

rebecca

if you want to be upset about the fact that i included small rugs, be my guest. but the fact is that they guide has way more than small rugs.

if you’d like them mapped out, here are some of rugs you can get from the guide that are larger:

-5×8: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=1262&f=32281&q=hogan&fromLocation=Search&DIMID=400001&SearchPage=1
-5 foot round: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&navAction=jump&id=15073398&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS&color=49
-5×8: http://www.pbteen.com/products/black-and-white-stripe-mat/?pkey=x|4|2||6|rug||0&cm_src=SCH
-4×6: http://pillowsandthrows.com/kc01402.html
-4×6: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&navAction=jump&id=17452566&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS&color=000
-5×7: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&navAction=jump&id=17049511&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS&color=050
-8×2: http://www.dashandalbert.com/product/view/diamond-black-ivory-indoor-outdoor–RDB170
-3×5: http://www.westelm.com/products/r656/?pkey=crugs-flooring
-3×5: http://www.westelm.com/products/r778/?pkey=crugs-flooring
-4×3: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40126045
-3×5: http://www.westelm.com/products/r543/?pkey=crugs-flooring
-5×8: http://www.pbteen.com/products/cabana-stripe-mat/?pkey=x|4|1||6|rug||1&cm_src=SCH

in addition to these rugs, you can also buy all of the flor tiles listed (and many more on their site) for reasonable rates and build them to fit your specific space needs. with many of the tiles starting under $10 a piece you could easily by 10 tiles and make a 3 x 7.5 foot runner or rug.

overstock and rugs direct are great resources, but because i’m not out to list every rug available, but rather rugs that fit stylistically with the site and our readers’ interests, i chose to focus on rugs that i thought would give people what they’re looking for: color, pattern, and an awareness of current trends in the market. it’s pretty darn impossible to find nicely made, style-conscious rugs that are over 5×4 for under $100. i’ve done rug guides over $100 in the past to address larger rugs, but if you want something full-room sized and under $100 it’s going to be a battle. believe me, i looked for them. here are the previous guides i made for larger rugs:

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/05/rug-roundup-part-two-patterned-rugs-part-2.html
http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/05/rug-roundup-part-two-patterned-rugs-part-1-of2.html
http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/04/rug-roundup-part-one-runners.html

lastly, to suggest that i don’t respect or take my readers’ requests seriously is offensive and frankly, insulting. i work myself to the bone every week producing as much free content as humanly possible, and answering readers requests for information like this via email and formspring from 7am to 12pm every day. so to suggest that i spent 8 hours creating this guide without taking their concerns and requests seriously is just plain wrong. if i could have provided a roundup of beautiful large rugs under $100 i would have done it, but the market rate for large rugs is well over $100, so i provided the best solutions i could for my readers.

grace

Kate S.

Thanks for the round-up! As a grad student on a minimal budget I can say that I feel well represented as a reader and agree that an interesting/ good looking rug (whatever the size) for under $100 is 1) a hard find and 2) qualifies as “affordable”. Some items out there might be aspirational… but isn’t that part of the point – to identify items to add to our wishlist and save $2/day for a year so we can afford. Point being: thanks Grace!

Jan

Thanks ever so much! I’ve been rug shopping online (and in store) for two years and still have spots to fill. After today, though, I’ll have one or two less. My feet thank you, too!

Zach

Thanks for the mention Jennifer. A couple people who have read your comment have actually visited me at the flea! All wonderful people.

Grace, I do offer a few rugs under $100 @bkflea but if you and your readers would be interested in doing a post on handwoven vintage and antique rugs under something like $300 (greater variety) I would love to be involved.

Thanks for running this amazing blog!

AH

Rebecca,
Anthropologie 5 x 7 rug on sale for $99 – see link below. You’re welcome.

P.S. – Grace doesn’t feature WalMart stuff. If she did, she wouldn’t have a zillion followers.

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pushId=SHOPSALE-DECORATIVE&selectedProductSize=&id=983314&sortProperties=&navCount=295&isProduct=true&templateType=E&catId=SHOPSALE-DECORATIVE&fromCategoryPage=true&selectedProductSize1=&prepushId=&popId=SHOPSALE&isSubcategory=&subCategoryId=

Chela

The round rug which has the bird and flowers and is the main image for this post – I cant see it in the round up. maybe im blind but does anyone know details for this one? I love it!

Mica Anna

Thank you, Stella, for mentioning Pakobel Rugs – so awesome!

Shirry Dolgin

I have purchased many of these for my clients and I have to say that 99% of the time they are totally perfect! Also it’s hard to justify spending thousands on a rug to a client who has never purchased one before. Let’s also remember that the rugs are usueally covered by lots of furniture ;)

Maggie Rotunda

Please…tv…find this amazing magical lady her own show…she is amazing…and make it an hour long and every day….!!!!

Ant Matsi

Hi there Grace – brilliant post!
Do you know if it’s possible to source the Conure Rug, Round (2.5) from somewhere/someone that can ship to Australia? I love it dearly but unfortunately Anthro will not ship large items outside of the US..
Thanks very much!!

Grace Bonney

ant matsi

i’m so sorry, i don’t. this is a fairly old post so it may not be in production anymore, i’m sorry :(

grace

Nicole

Such colorful rugs. I love them. I like to color my house with the help of the rugs and curtains.

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