So, if your budget calls for an inexpensive rug, then go with a natural fiber rug like sisal, jute, or wool in a non-traditional style. What I mean is that you should completely avoid the cheap, knock-off versions of Oriental/Persian rugs. Nearly all of them are a waste of money and just look tacky...also it's pretty likely that they'll shed like crazy.
Luckily, there are TONS of well-priced "non-traditional" rugs out there these days. Retailers like West Elm and Calypso Home and designers like Jill Rosenwald have been churning out flatweave rugs adorned with punchy geometric prints. Etsy's KilimCom is a great resource for Turkish-made styles. FLOR offers an inventive modular rug system and a wide selection of textures and styles (I'm currently obsessed with the wild and crazy Parallel Reality mix shown below). And finally a caveat to the "natural fiber" recommendation, Brita Sweden offers reversible rugs that are made from soft plastic foil and are produced in Sweden. After having a disappointing experience with an indoor/outdoor polypropylene rug purchased from Frontgate, I'm skeptical of indoor/outdoor rugs (aside from Dash & Albert ones...they are fantastic), but these are supposed to be really good.
Here are some cool, not-too-pricy rugs I've seen lately...
|FLOR Parallel Reality|
|Etsy KilimCom Turkish Kilim Rug|
Shades of Light Climbing Modern Vine Hooked Rug
Crate & Barrel Olin Grey-White Rug
DwellStudio Loop Texture Dove Rug
West Elm Argyle Printed Dhurrie
|Avalisa Bubble Wool Rug|
Brita Sweden Helmi
Brita Sweden Anna
|Brita Sweden Alma|
Etsy KilimCom New Turkish Kilim
Overstock Indo Kilim Ivory/ Navy Rug
What is your rug situation like? Have you ever splurged on a luxe rug or have you focused on finding moderately priced ones? In my house, I have some nice rugs and some that are more trendy and temporary (and certainly cheaper).
Do you have a rug texture/construction preference? I hate high pile rugs, so I'm a fan of dhurries and kilims. If you buy a flatweave, you might want to get a set of these Stop the Curling Rug Corners.