How To Go About Finding The Best Area Rug Stores and Dealers To Buy Your Rugs From
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Finding Reputable Rug Dealers And Good Rug Stores
When shopping for area rugs online or at a rug store in person, you always want to make sure that we are treated fairly. Many people simply try searching online for a good reputable rug dealer. But googling terms like “the best rug stores” or “who should I buy my rugs from” will quickly lead you down a rabbits hole filled with options but little clarity. We know that finding the best rug stores and dealers can be a challenging task, but there are a few things you can do to make the process easier.
Here are some tips to help you find the best rug dealers and rug stores:
- Research the rug dealers online: Start by doing some research online. Look for rug dealers in your area and read reviews from previous customers.
- Check the dealer’s reputation: Make sure the dealer is reputable and has been in business for a while.
- Check the quality of the rugs: Make sure the dealer sells fine high-quality area rugs and not just commercial / lower quality rugs.
- Ask about the rug’s origin: Ask the dealer about the origin and the history of the area rugs and gage their knowledge by their reply.
- Compare prices: Don’t settle for the first dealer you find. Compare prices from different dealers and make sure you are getting a fair deal.
- Check the return policy: Finally, check the rug dealer’s purchase and return policy. You want to make sure you can return the rug if you are not satisfied with your purchase.
By following these tips, you can find the best rug dealers and buy a beautiful and high-quality rug at a fair price.
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Where should I buy my area rugs?
There are various options when it comes to buying rugs. These will mostly depend on your preferences, rug budget and the types of area rugs you are looking for.
Here are some popular places to buy area rugs:
- Online rug shopping: If you are looking to buy cheap rugs you can go to retailers such as Amazon, Wayfair, Overstock, Ebay and Etsy. The bigger online retailers and stores usually offer a wide selection of commercial grade area rug styles at low price points.
- Also, most on-line retailers will have the same exact commercial grade area rugs so you could easily compare their price points.
- Local rug stores: Visiting your local rug store will allow you to see and touch the rugs in person. For some, this can be helpful in deciding on the perfect rug to buy.
- Local stores also offer personalized service, and you can get advice on selecting the right area rug to fit your space and budget.
- Flea markets and rug bazaars: If you are on the adventurous side, then visiting a flea market or rug bazaar might be an option. These markets often have a wide selection of cheaper rugs from different countries, and you can negotiate prices with the vendors. But be careful as you will be on the spot with no way of vetting the dealer or the value of the specific rug.
- Estate sales and rug auctions: Estate sales and rug auctions can be a great place to find high-quality rugs at lower prices. But just like sourcing area rugs at rug bazaars and flea markets, you will be buying on the spot with little to no time to be able to do any research.
No matter where you choose to buy your rug or from whom, make sure to do your research, compare prices and check the quality of the rug before making a purchase.
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How do I know if a specific rug store is a good place to buy your rugs?
As we have mentioned in the past, who and where you choose to buy your rugs from is almost as important as what area rugs you are buying.
Here are some points to look for to determine if a rug store is good:
- Reputation: A good rug store will have a good reputation in the community. You can check the store’s reviews online or ask for recommendations from friends and family.
- You may also want to make sure that the rug store does not have ONLY positive reviews as that is usually indicative of fake reviews.
- A good selection or rugs: A good rug store will have a wide selection of rugs, including different styles, rug sizes, and area rugs woven with different materials. They should also have wide range of rug prices to accommodate different budgets.
- Knowledgeable staff: The staff at a good rug store should have a staff of knowledgeable rug experts. They should be able to provide erudite information and answers any questions you have about the rugs, including the materials used, the rug’s origin, and how you can care and maintain the rug at home after you buy it.
- Transparency: A good rug store should be transparent about the prices of their rugs. They should also be willing to provide honest information about the country of origin of the rugs, quality and the rug’s age.
- Return policy: An honest and good rug dealer / rug store should have a fair and reasonable return policy.
- If the dealer does not offer the ability try the rugs and return them, then that should be a sign right there.
By looking for these signs, you can find a good rug store that will provide you with a high-quality rug and excellent customer service.
Do people haggle with rug dealers when they buy area rugs?
Yes, it is common for people to haggle when they buy area rugs. In many cultures, haggling is a normal part of the buying process, and rug sellers often expect it.
If you are interested in haggling for a better price, here are some tips:
- Do your research: Before you start haggling, do some research on the rug’s value and comparable prices. This will give you a sense of the rug’s worth and help you negotiate a fair price.
- Start with a low offer: Start with a lower offer than you are willing to pay. This will give you some room to negotiate and will show the seller that you are serious about getting a good deal.
- Be polite and respectful: Haggling is a negotiation, not a confrontation. Be polite and respectful and avoid being aggressive or rude.
- Focus on the value, not the price: Instead of just asking for a lower price, focus on the value of the rug. Point out any rug imperfections or damage and ask for a discount based on the rug’s condition.
- Consider other factors: If the seller is not willing to lower the price, consider other factors that could make the purchase more valuable, such as free delivery or a complimentary rug pad.
Remember, haggling is not always appropriate or possible in every situation. It is important to be respectful of the seller and their business and never get upset.
Do not be afraid to ask questions and never feel pressure
Rug stores and dealers should not have any issue answering your questions. If at any point the dealer seems agitated or annoyed then that may be a sign that you should keep searching for a better store and dealer.
Also, if at any point you feel pressured to buy the rug, then walk away. No matter who or where you are buying your rugs from, there should never be and you should never feel any pressure.
Here is a great and varied grouping of area rugs from our collection to consider:
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