1- Why are Moroccan rugs so expensive?
If you’ve ever wondered, “Why are Moroccan rugs so expensive?” let me give you an honest rundown: They are entirely handcrafted by artisans in Morocco. It takes about 75 hours (equivalent to 2 full-time work weeks) for one artisan to complete a single medium-sized rug. It’s a lot of knots and physical labor. If we want to pay the artisan fairly, we have no choice but to sell the rugs at a premium price. And that doesn’t take into account transportation charges, taking pictures of the rugs, marketing the rugs, and shipping a rug to a client. It involves a lot of work.
2 – Moroccan rugs are Made to Last
If you’re anything like me, you’re sick and tired of fast fashion and throwaway culture. Moroccan rugs are high quality and made to last a lifetime. Yes, I know Ikea rugs are cheaper, but how long will it take before they fall apart? In my opinion, cheap stuff highly contributes to polluting our planet. I know this example might seem a little extreme, but have you ever purchased a toy for your kid at the dollar store? They last two days and then they’re good for the trash. I see Moroccan rugs as investment pieces you’ll cherish for years and years to come.
Moroccan rugs are robust. I personally own at least eight rugs, and I’ve had them for years. I know clients who have Moroccan rugs that belonged to their parents and were passed down as family heirlooms. Isn’t that amazing? The key factor to keep your rug looking like new is caring for it. I have listed all my best tips in this article. If you wash it regularly as soon as it needs it, it will look nice for years and years. Moroccan rugs can also be professionally cleaned and repaired by our skilled artisans if needed. Get in touch if you’re looking for a professional rug cleaner or need a repair in the Montreal area.
3 – They are sustainable Rugs – Handmade with Fast Fashion Scraps
I know I’ve mentioned this a couple of times already, but it just blows my mind. Our cotton rugs are made of fabric leftover from Casablanca clothing factories. Little pieces of cotton that would otherwise end up at the dump and pollute the planet. I’m so proud and amazed to see what we can create with some fast fashion leftovers! For this reason, cotton rigs are my ultimate faves. They’re also so fun in kid’s decor! Have a look at our current cotton rig selection right here.
Wallper by Meraki, bunk bed from South Shore Furniture
4 – Are Moroccan Rugs Cheaper in Morocco?
Not really! I’ve been to the Marrakech souk at least 40 times! We no longer buy rugs in the souk as we’ve established relationships with artisans and now order directly from them, avoiding the middleman as much as possible. It’s for sure an adventure to head into the souk, source for hours for a rug you like and then try to negotiate with the vendor who will start the price sky high only to have you negotiate until you can’t say no anymore. You might be able to get a better deal – who knows! Moroccan vendors are agile salesmen who can sense the degree of love you have for a rug…and if you really want it, then it’s going to be very hard to lower the price (Pro tip: Try not to show your emotions!) It’s for sure a very fun and exotic experience, but it’s definitely not easy. Don’t even get me going about bringing it back to the airport 😉 For all my best recommendations for traveling to Marrakech, click here.
5 – They are Just Like a Piece of Art
Most Moroccan rugs are one-of-a-kind handmade creations; they are truly a piece of art you can walk on! As with a painting, the price can be a little subjective; it’s a piece of art you pick with your heart. I always recommend picking a Moroccan rug not as a commodity but as a piece of art you’ll cherish forever. If you need more advice on how to pick your dream rug, head on to this article where I share my best tips on picking the right rug for you.
As always, I love hearing from our customers! Email me right here, and I’ll make sure to personally reply to any questions you may have about our rugs, and I’ll be very happy to guide you so you make the right choice for you!