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Q&A: Rugs Shag



Dear Rug Rag
Soon I will be moving into a new apartment.  I have wanted a shag rug for some time.  What would you suggest in a medium budget?




Thanks for the inquiry,

Shag rugs have certainly made their presence in the past, and within the last decade have really made it back onto the scene.  They've changed a bit since, but here are three suggestions we have.


1. Recently we did a post on HGTV's Dream Home Giveaway, which featured a white Flokati rug in the family room as seen above.  These rugs have a lot of popularity, and are fairly inexpensive and there's a good breath of sizes.




2. If you want to go for something a little more authentic (as in hand knotted) but at a higher price point, consider searching around for Moroccan rugs, or Indo Moroccan rugs.  Some examples have very thick wool piles and simple designs as seen above from an eBay listing.


3. If you don't mind design, go for an original RYA rug 1960's vintage like the sample found on eBay above!


Last, there are some newer shag type which have been made in India for the last several years.  They have very thick knots and wide pile which is almost like a felted wool rolled into very heavy gauge yarn which almost resemble a mushroom stem cut before the head.  Interesting, but we could not find any links!  Most larger dealers which feature contemporary hand made rugs will recognize this description, they're simply referred to as "Indian Shag" rugs/carpets.  When we get a hold of one, we'll do a post!

Best of luck and thanks for contacting,


- Rug Rag



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For all those interested in submitting a question to the Rug Rag Editors:  We'd be more than happy to help, please send some photographs of the reverse side of the rug very close up with a quarter placed on the knots, plus a picture of the fringe, the whole face of the rug and detail shot of the pile.  If the rug is worn, please include photographs of worn areas.  For rugs of any age, please be sure to check for dry areas, moth damage, odor, and whether or not the rug is straight/has right angles where called for.  If you have any questions about our assessment request feel free to send us an email.  Otherwise, we are looking for something similar to these images posted here


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