Did you ever go with your parents or grandparents to buy a rug? If you did, you probably remember going to some big old shop with thigh high piles of rugs where you peeled back one corner to see different colours and you hoped the pattern remained the same.
Like everything else, the internet has come to buying rugs online in Australia. In a lot of ways it is not that dissimilar to the old fashioned way, it is just a lot easier. For one thing an online store has the space to show all sorts of different types. You can now see sisal rugs in Australia, cotton rugs and leather rugs all in the same place, whereas once you’d have had to go to specialist shops to see these different types.
Another lovely thing about buying rugs online in Australia is the snobbery has gone. You can just go ahead and buy what you want for where you want it, basing your decision only on whether you like it and if it will do the job you need it to. It is refreshing to be able to buy exactly what you want to without the hard work and also without a level of worry. Can you imagine going back to a store and trying to explain that yes, it is a lovely carpet, but it looked completely different on your floor than it did in the showroom?
How do you go about buying rugs online? The first thing to do is a little research. There are plenty of places where you can get advice about the pros and cons of buying cotton, wool or sisal rugs in Australia, which is a great help and much better than a salesman whispering buy, buy in your ear. Online you can see lots of different selections, colours, sizes and shapes and if it doesn’t work for you – simply return it.
Cotton rugs and leather rugs can be compared side-by-side. Admittedly you don’t want a leather rug for the bathroom floor and you probably would shy away from the cotton rug for the man-cave, but where else do you get the chance to compare different materials, uses, and capabilities without being online.
Are there any downsides? People often want to know what the negatives are and the biggest most obvious one is colour. Your computer monitor or whatever you’re looking at the website on is going to influence how you see the colour and that might mean there is a difference when the thing turns up at your house. The newer the technology the better the colour resolution but there are still some differences in the real thing under natural light.
What you need to check is the reseller has a great returns policy and there are no expensive shipping costs if you return. With that piece of the puzzle in place, you’re really not at a disadvantage buying online and whatever else, you’ll have lots more choice.