Whether you like your carpet Persian, trellis or good ol' shag pile, this nifty guide should help make buying rugs in Singapore a tad easier
We’re not big complainers, but we’ll be honest: Finding a decent (and affordable) rug in Singapore is no walk in the park. After too many epic hunts for the perfect rug, we’ve put together this survival guide for fellow foragers. From sisal and jute, to flat woven and plastic rugs, here are the best stores for the best rugs and carpets in Singapore. No more rugging it!
Brick and mortar stores
Lim’s Holland Village
Lim’s Holland Village may be the spot where expats shop antique Chinese furniture, but it’s also where you’ll find cool outdoor rugs. Selections include handwoven seagrass rugs and recycled (and reversible) plastic ones in geometric prints under $100.
Lim’s Holland Village, #02-01, 211 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278967
Affordable Style Files
Founded by style-whizz, Hong Henwood, Affordable Style Files is chock-full of lush homewares. Like its name suggests, the store’s big on affordability, with its most expensive rug priced at $199. Aside from being versatile enough for indoor and outdoor use, they’re also lightweight and easy to clean – simply shake or hose off to get it good as new again. Also, look out for the Armadillo & Co rugs; they’re handmade by local artisans, Fair Trade and totally chic.
Affordable Style Files, 6A Dempsey Rd, Dempsey, Singapore, 247661.
Carpet trends come and go, but a mainstay that’ll never go out of style is the classic Persian rug. Once woven by nomadic tribes, these rugs were – for centuries – once symbols of a person’s lineage and Iran’s history. Family run The Orientalist has some of the largest variety of traditional Persian rugs around, including exquisite silk ones and tribal ones hand-spun from wool and natural dyes. Want a contemporary feel instead? The store also stocks designs by renowned carpet designers Haynes Robinson, Jan Kath and Kelly Hoppen.
The Orientalist, 896 Dunearn Road, #01-01 Sime Darby Centre (5.84 mi), Singapore 589472
Rugs don’t have to cost an arm and a leg and Ling’s Carpets is the proof. While we’d skip the printed ones, the shaggy pile rugs and modern Oriental carpets are classic ones you can’t go wrong with. If you need a hand selecting one to match your living space, these guys offer consultation too.
Ling Carpets, 38, Changi Road, Singapore 419701
Furniture enthusiasts would be more than familiar with Bungalow 55; it’s home to the island’s most unique and quality homewares sourced from around the world. The selection fuses both traditional and contemporary looks in neutral tones, and rugs here range from woven outdoor fibre rugs to printed wool carpets.
Bungalow 55, #01-05A Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760.
Crate and Barrel
We’ve always nursed a soft spot for Crate and Barrel; the American furniture giant is our wonderland of Pinterest-worthy furnishings, including its high-pile large area rugs that won’t break the bank. The Olin striped flatwoven rug is a universal bestseller that works everywhere from the kitchen to the bedroom. Bear in mind that while the rugs are cheaper online, the larger sizes aren’t eligible for international shipping and delivery fees can get pretty hefty. Worth the savings? You decide.
Crate and Barrel, Stores in [email protected] and ION Orchard.
We’ll let you in on a little secret; our go-to retailer for one-of-a-kind rugs is Living DNA. Their ethnic-chic designs are inspired by exotic destinations such as Casablanca, Corsica, Santorini, and Riviera. Think beautiful patterns in rich Mediterranean hues, vibrant chevron, and geometric patterns reminiscent of Africa and Latin America that will make great statement pieces for the home. Not just easy on the eyes, the store’s environmentally-friendly collection of rugs will also stand the test of time – made from high quality jute, hemp, flat weave wool, or cotton, which are resistant to wear and tear.
Living DNA, 01-10B [email protected], 18 Tampines Industrial Crescent, Singapore 528605
It’s a no-brainer that IKEA is our default go-to for all things furnishings – the furniture giant is where we can now prattle on about catalogue prices and name who’s got what in which room of the house. The rugs here are not unique options, but they are cheap and cheerful – perfect for refurbishing on a budget.
IKEA, Stores in Tampines and Queenstown.
If you’re in search of the perfect statement rug, Ruby Slipper is the name to remember. Rugs here are fully customisable – yup, you read that right. Hand loomed and made to order in India, you can choose from more than 20 contemporary designs – including trendy Trellis, stunning Jodhpur or the locally-inspired Love Knot design – as well as different sizes, and over 120 colours to get the perfect floor rug catered just for your living space. How’s that for unique? And if you need a helping hand, owner, Lucy, also goes to extra mile to offer customers her expertise in choosing which designs and colours work best for your home.
Ruby Slipper, e. [email protected], p. 91711251.
Online stores with reasonable shipping fees
It’s no secret that this local startup’s got fab taste in spades – great quality and designs make up its vision after all. For times when you’re stuck between designer (read: four-figure) carpets and low-quality rugs, HipVan’s your answer. Our favourite’s got to be the felt carpets – they’re easy to clean and come in unique designs.
Shop HipVan online or head to the Experience store at The Cathay.
The Carpet Shop
It may have a simple name, but The Carpet Shop is anything but basic. All sorts of tastes are catered to here including those with a soft spot for Scandi styles. The Nordic carpets are made from 100% polypropylene and feature Pinterest-worthy geometric prints and stripes.
Shop The Carpet Shop online or view selected models at Commune, 24 Defu Lane
Overstock is exactly what it sounds like – a website with excess stock (i.e. great discounts). You can find some of the cheapest rugs here, but expect to root about before landing the perfect one. Reviews are hit and miss – we haven’t personally ordered from overstock, but we haven’t heard any nightmare encounters from friends we know. Shipping differs according to your order’s weight and quantity.
Shop Overstock online
We know what you’re thinking: Home interiors don’t immediately come to mind when it comes to Urban Outfitters. But bear with us for a sec; the fashion chain actually has a pretty ample section for home decor. The rugs here range from round, printed ones to expertly crafted, Moroccan wool ones. Shipping to Singapore ranges from 30USD to 60USD.
Shop Urban Outfitters online
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