Affordable luxury: beautiful artisan rugs for every budget

With the tide turning away from mass-produced and throwaway goods, we’re rediscovering the beauty and value in artisan pieces – with carpets and rugs being a case in point. From hand-knotted Persian pieces and hand-woven Turkish kilims to more affordable hand-tufted and hand-finished designs, every artisan rug tells a unique story in a way that a machine-made rug simply never can. But if you think a handmade rug is beyond your budget, think again.

There are some exquisite handcrafted rugs on the market that cost far less than you’d think – but will, if properly cared for, last for generations, making them true investment pieces.

Palais Bianco Chenille Denim Blue rug, the Palais Collection, Luxmi by Flair Rugs; www.luxmirugs.com

Flair Rugs’ Luxmi Palais Collection designs are hand-loom woven in Turkey by skilled craftsmen, using age-old traditional patterns, and given a gently distressed finish for a truly timeless feel.

Flash rug by Eley Kishimoto for FLOOR_STORY; hand-woven. www.floorstory.co.uk

Mark and Wakako – the duo behind British fashion and design brand Eley Kishimoto – have collaborated with East London rug company FLOOR­_STORY to produce the stunning Flash design in an on-trend black and white colourway, made from 100 per cent wool.

Solitaire Sion rug in Natural/Duck Egg, the Solitaire collection, Luxmi by Flair Rugs; www.luxmirugs.com

A hand tufted gorgeous Scandinavian-inspired design, the Solitaire Sion comes with impeccable green credentials. Hand-tufted in India by skilled experts and beautifully finished with a rich plaited fringe, it’s made using the very latest recycling techniques, from yarn made from plastic waste, which is then knotted before being dyed to give each rug fantastic vibrancy.

Grab yourself your very own handmade rug – invest in a bargain – no one needs to know!

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