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Old 05-17-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'm getting ready to move to a new apartment and the kitchen/living room area has hardwood floors. I thought it might be a good idea to buy some sort of area rug. A Persian rug might be about ideal --- something around 8' by 6' feet would be nice. However, I'm not looking to spend much money (especially since I may not be at this apartment for more than a year).

Anyone have any advice on finding a decent quality Persian rug on the cheap? Any local stores that anyone could recommend? Should I just go to a big-box store (e.g. Wal-Mart, Target)? Would Craig's List be the best option?

Thus far, I've browsed around on Craig's List, but I'm not seeing any evidence that these rugs are any cheaper than I might find in a store. But maybe I just don't have much understanding of quality and price when it comes to Persian rugs.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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Most true Persian rugs (i.e., imported from Iran) are handmade from wool and are not going to be cheap. You might find a very worn one in poor condition for under $1000. But if you just want a synthetic in a traditional pattern, you should be able to find one of those at a big box store on the cheap.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I had really good luck at Home Goods. I found the quality to be a lot better than what I found at target/walmart, and for a good price. We got a 6x8 rug for $100 I think (they ran anywhere from $75 to $300ish for that size). Like the person above said though, these aren't authentic Persian rugs...they're just area rugs.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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Try Ikea
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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Definitely go w/ a synthetic rug. Pottery Barn has some nice looking rugs and if you wait until they go on sale its not too bad. Homedecorators.com has sales all the time and a large selection/price
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I have even seen area rugs like that at Kohl's, in varied patterns, from traditionally-inspired to modern. They don't look bad at all, for the money, and are much less expensive than their silk and wool counterparts.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:11 PM
 
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also try www.overstock.com for rugs, and Tuesday Morning often has nice looking rugs at good prices.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:18 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Synthetic rugs are sealed with some kind of chemical that makes me sick. I only buy wool or cotton area and throw rugs. I found a great wool runner at Tuesday Morning. But the rest I've purchased at auctions and estate sales. I've been lucky finding some in excellent condition and also Made in the USA.

I also don't buy the rubber-backed rugs either unless it's for the bathroom or some skid-proof-needed area. They just don't last that long.

Persian carpets will be pricey. Even the lower-grade ones (lower quality wool, dyes, techniques) will cost you but some are quite attractive.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:03 PM
 
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IKEA used to have quality (authentic) Persian rugs ca. 2003-2005. I bought a bunch of them there. However, in recent years the selection has not been good. I haven't looked closely but I spotted a sparse selection and nothing from Iran. I don't know if this was a big success for IKEA. I paid $800 for one of the rugs, which seems pricey relative to their overall business model.

I am not sure if is due to sanctions or such nonsense. There was an embargo from 1987-2000 on rug imports from Iran, but not sure what has happened in recent years.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:40 AM
 
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IKEA used to have quality (authentic) Persian rugs ca. 2003-2005. I bought a bunch of them there. However, in recent years the selection has not been good. I haven't looked closely but I spotted a sparse selection and nothing from Iran. I don't know if this was a big success for IKEA. I paid $800 for one of the rugs, which seems pricey relative to their overall business model.

I am not sure if is due to sanctions or such nonsense. There was an embargo from 1987-2000 on rug imports from Iran, but not sure what has happened in recent years.
Funny you mentioned that..I bought one at IKEA in The Netherlands, and was told that I needed to be careful when bringing it back to the US. Didn't have any problems though.

As a collector of handmade rugs...have too many to even put out, I would second the other recommendations. I found a handmade at Marshalls, and also at the Great Indoors (that sears store..don't think it is business anymore) You can find a nice machine (wool) made one for a lot less than handmade. And it won't kill you the first time you spill something. Don't be afraid to go to GOOD rug store and search through their piles. They might have some smaller ones they want to get rid of. And bargain on the price. Espcially if it a store run by a Turk or Iranian, etc. It is part of the culture. Try Eastern market as well. I got a great deal a couple years ago. A good handmade is worth the money..they are made to last, and to be walked on. If you are worried about it not working in the next place just don't get one that is too big.
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