The petite one here fits perfectly by our washer and dryer which is in a open nook off the kitchen. You can also see that we have the top to our washer ready, but have yet to add the sides. One day I am certain it will happen, but for now I try to be content that this little space functions well.
Before starting the hunt for any rug I get all my ducks in a row. I first get my measurements needed for the space. I know what "look" I am trying to achieve and color ways. Most importantly I set a budget for myself, because I know good and well that I can over spend quickly and justify the price for the so called "perfect" rug.
For larger cheaper rugs I tend to search places like overstock which is where our living room one came from. They make it easy by being able to filter by size, color, and material. You can even filter by price which can help keep one honest on how much you really want to spend. Plus many people upload their own images so you can truly get a sense of the rug in a real space. Sometimes you can find a beautiful one at your local Home Goods, but I find it easier to scour the web. Places like West Elm, Pottery Barn, CB2 and Serena and Lily can be a good source especially when they have their big blowout sales. All the stores also provide an additional discount if you sign up for their emails. They usually all have a good assortment of indoor/outdoor rugs too that may fit the bill even more as they can be a bit more budget friendly. Once fall arrives most of the latter will be marked down considerably. The biggest savings can normally be found in store though with overstock sales or floor displays.
Have a little bit more money to spend? The selection at McGee and Co I have used before for interior design projects and have always been quite happy. She does host holiday sales too and her selection is easy to navigate.
For vintage and antique rugs, my go-to's are from a few different sources and I always have to be mentally prepared for the hunt as it can take some time. They can be a bit more pricey hence my go-to are smaller rugs. Of course local estate sales can be such a good source, but you have to know your area to hit it right. Etsy is one of favorites. I tend to lean towards shops that have had at least 30 buyers, but I prefer more in most cases. Ratings and reviews also need to be really positive. I find this to be the best route since a lot of the selection can come from out of country. Saying that, I also look for shops that state they clean the rugs before shipping and I also try to be aware of shipping costs as they can vary greatly.
A few more of my favorite shops for antique and vintage rugs I found via Instagram over the last few years. Loom and Kiln, Rug and Weave, The Southern Loom, Lily and Loom Rugs and my newest find that also happens to be local is Lillie Kat Rugs. I have noticed that all these shops will have Instagram sales randomly that discount a rug steeply and holiday sales can be found. Finally e-sale rugs is another go-to. My kitchen kilim rug came from here and I bought it for a steal. Wait for a sale. It's worth it when working on a budget. Layering a smaller rug over a larger sisal rug would be another way to get the most for your money. Things I keep in mind when shopping for older rugs... There may be wear and tear, but that is part of the charm. I try to stay away from holes though. The sizes may be odd so typing in a common size may not yield all the best results. Finally I tend to think of the rugs as pieces of art worth the investment. Who knows, maybe they will in my kiddos home one day.
Here are some new rugs that have caught my eye...
~ New, but looks worn. Is rich in color, but won't overwhelm a space. It would also hide a mess well making it a contender for a dining space. I would love to see it in a bedroom though - The Pompeii
~ My living room rug is a favorite of mine of course. Again it's not a true ivory like the description states. It varies in high and low's quite a bit and my bright space lightens it up. It would work in both warm and cool palettes. - Tunisia Rug
~ Need something soft yet neutral? This tonal cream with beige woven throughout would be lovely. It looks like it would hide dirt well and would be lovely in a space that used warm colors. This would not be a go to if my palette consisted of grays. For example it would be beautiful in my living and master as seen above. I could also imagine it in a nursery. - Safavieh Vision
~ This reminds me of the one in my master although this one is jute. The graphic lines would help ground a room and the rest of the space I would keep simple and understated. ~ Ways Jute Rug
~ I tend to love a good indoor/outdoor rug for a kids space or play area. This one is officially on my want list. ~ Positive Rug