How to Start a Rug Making Business

Using Our 7 Step Method of Custom Rug Fabrication

By RUSSELL WEBB

After 30 years in the trade I am opening the doors to teach others how to start a rug making business. When I got started as a custom rug fabricator, I remember feeling this exciting charge and anticipation of learning a new trade. I learned the same way I teach. Since then I’ve had decorative rugs featured in designer showcase homes, corporate HQ’s of numerous fortune 500 companies, and even a generals office in the Pentagon. It’s been a great ride. Here’s a quick 5 step outline.

Step One – Learn the Basics: There are a few rug making methods out there.

A. There is our method known as custom rug fabrication: where we cut and inlay the design elements using specialized cutting tools and we are generally using premium nylon yarns that are on par with wool.

B. And there is another method known as tufted rug making: where they use tufting guns and spools of wool yarn. You will need a larger workspace for this method.

C. And, of course, there is the traditional weaving method on an ancient loom, again, using spools of yarn.

D. And, finally, there is the latch hook style of rug making.

Step Two – Invest in Your Education: Identify an investment level that you’re comfortable with. Some business endeavors require a larger investment than others. If you want a very low-budget entry point, then latch hook rug-making with grandma is definitely the way to go – expect a whopping investment of 50-100 dollars. On the other hand, a more specialized custom rug training program, like ours, will cost between $1,500 – $10,000 dollars plus your gear at $3,000. You will learn how to start a rug making business just as you see here at our official rug making website. And finally, the largest investment outlay into rug making as a business will be in the tufted rug sector with a $50,000 + commitment.

Step Three – Create Your Studio: Create a space for your new studio – workshop. Using our method of custom rug fabrication, you can get started in a garage-sized studio with a 12′ x 12′ table. The table top should line up with your hips, not too high or too low. If you are going BIG with tufted wool rug making, then expect to find a larger industrial space and a skilled crew to man those tufting guns. As for latch hook rug making, all you need is a living room, a rocking chair, and grandmas inspiration to light a fire in your belly.

Step Four – Have fun with your rug designs: Start by filling up your home with your new creations. Or give them away to your friends and family. Identify themes to play with; what are your interests? There are countless attractive themes like – animal print rugs, abstract designs, company logos or heck, even a Jimi Hendrix Rug! Replicating a design into a rug is easy once you learn the tricks.

Step Five – Brace Yourself: Prepare for the WOW! comments coming from friends and family when they see what you’re doing. The questions will come: ‘Where did you get this rug? You made this? Wow what talent you have… You’re so talented… this is amazing, I had no idea you could make a rug like this…”.

I am not exagerrating here, it will happen when you learn how to start a rugmaking business of your own.

Decorative rug making is one of those fun and creative business opportunities that has the potential to uplift your spirits because it is so rewarding. You’re actually producing a beautiful product from start to finish. Yes, of course, it does take some practice, but the 7 main steps are manageable and relatively easy to learn. Give it about 30-90 days of practice and you’ll be well on your way to a enjoying a fun hobby. Learn more on how to start a rug making business by getting our Free Guide: Discover how to build stunning custom rugs in 7 steps. 

Sure, I was poking a little fun at the latch hook enthusiasts. If this is your calling, then please take no offence… your creations are really just as important as everyone else’s. 

Onward and Upward!
Russell Webb