While I mostly discuss fashion here, I'm just as passionate a shopper when it comes to furnishing and decorating my home.
It's just as important to look for quality pieces to invest in for your home as it is your wardrobe. A rug can be one of the key pieces in a room, bringing together colors, adding visual interest and warmth.
Considering how difficult it might be to visualize a rug in your space before seeing it in person, and how expensive shipping charges can be for such a bulky item, it is easy to be deterred from making a rug purchase online.
Which is why I think RugKnots is on to something brilliant - they sell handmade oriental wool rugs without the 'middle man' to keep prices low. They offer free shipping in the USA and a 30 day return policy, however you do have to cover return costs.
Though RugKnots wants to make sure you get the right rug the first time, and to do so they off a free Ask a Designer online service. The process is simple, you take photos of the space in need of a carpet makeover and upload them to the site. Include the dimensions of the room, and even add some detailed photos of your decor. Then RugKnots team of designers will select rugs for your space and return your images to you with their expert choices of rugs embedded in the photos. The process only takes two days, and your handpicked rugs will also come with a promo code for a discount if you decide to make a purchase. The service is free, so if you are currently rug shopping, you've got nothing to lose from trying it out.
Here is a before and after image set from RugKnots' site. I wish I could show you my own home, but it is too embarrassingly messy to show to designers or post on the internet.
All RugKnots rugs are handmade in Pakistan, the home country of Naheed Mir, the company's founder. With her passion for education and the betterment of children, doing good became a part of the RugKnots business model. Two percent of all rug purchases are distributed between the non-profit charities The Citizens Foundation and Care and Fair, who work to build schools and purchase classroom supplies in socially and economically challenged regions in the world. The children there can gain an education and have a chance to better their lives, when they otherwise would not. Rugknots believes a child's education is the great equalizer for building a better future.
And now, on to the beautiful, hand woven wool rugs, that yes, make me want to redecorate every room in the house:
This post was written on behalf of RugKnots, but as always, my views and opinions are my own.