Today I'm tackling large area rugs (6'x9' and larger). They can be very pricey! I've found that your best bet is to look at overstock stores and online, such as Home Goods, Overstock, or Rugs USA.
I've only purchased area rugs in-store at Home Goods, but I'd love to try Overstock or Rugs USA sometime. When purchasing rugs online, try searching several sites (preferably photos of the rug in people's homes) to get a better idea of color and texture.
Here's a few of my favorites all (except the bottom 2) are $300 or under (or close to) and 6'x9' or larger.
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Here's a quick tip for selecting a rug. The most common mistake is ordering a rug that is too small. To determine the correct size, make sure that at least the front two legs of all chairs, sofas, etc. are on the rug. When in doubt, go larger!
Have you purchased rugs online? If you needed to return, was it easy or a pain? If you have a favorite tip, I'd love it hear it!