How to ship a carpet internationally

It is a well-known fact that rugs of the highest quality are handmade and that oriental rugs are preferred by many people exactly for this reason. However, this type of rugs cannot be found everywhere in the world, and this is the reason why some people buy their carpets from a different country while travelling. Since it might be hard to take such carpets on board in the airplane, international courier services remain the best solution to ship the carpets to any desired destination.

On this page, you can find all the information you need about how to pack a carpet for shipping and how you can deliver a rug via courier in only a few easy steps. Through Eurosender, you have access to the best international courier companies, renowned for their quality of service.

How can you deliver rugs via courier by using the Eurosender platform?

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Book the service directly on our platform. For bigger or heavier parcels, send us a request for an individual offer.

You will be provided with the best available offer.

Fill in the form with your details and pay for the service.

Get informed on how to use courier services for shipping carpets and rugs.

Our booking engine will provide you with the best shipping offer for your chosen route. We recommend creating an account in order to have all the shipping details stored and be able to access them quickly at any point during the shipping process. in order to have all the shipping details stored and be able to access them quickly at any point during the shipping process.

After booking the service, Eurosender’s shipping specialists will hire the courier provider that provides the best price to performance ratio and will be at your disposal to assist you and answer any questions you may have later on.

Shipping Insurance

Every item shipped through Eurosender is automatically protected by a standard insurance with coverage up to 200€. In case your carpet or rug was more expensive, you can also purchase an additional insurance when booking the shipment.

However, if you ship a very valuable or delicate rug or carpet, the insurance won’t apply, therefore it is even more important that you follow our guidelines on how to safely pack a carpet for shipping..

How to ship a carpet internationally

If you have found the perfect rug for your living room or bedroom in another country and you are looking for the cheapest way to ship a carpet to your home, shipping services might be exactly what you need. Moving a large carpet to a new place may be a daunting task given its weight and girth, but with the right preparation, you can deliver a rug via courier in only a few easy steps.

When placing an order on Eurosender website, take into account the following:

  • Check thoroughly the dimensions and the weight of the shipment and input the measurements in our Shipment Size Checker. In this way, you will be able to see what type of shipping service you will need to use.
  • Whether or not you need to print the label and affix it to the package depends on the country of collection and type of shipping service. If you are not sure if the courier driver will bring it, ask us and we will instruct you further.
  • In case you cannot be present at the pick-up address in the time frame when the courier companies operate, make sure you have another person appointed to simply hand over the shipment to the courier driver.

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Rug packaging and protection

Folding rugs for shipping or even for storing is definitely not a hard thing to do. Whether you are shipping oriental carpets or Persian rugs, by following a few simple steps, you will be able to do it without too much hassle. We know that the difficulty comes from the fact that they are sometimes too big and heavy, but here is how to make your rugs travel sized.

Here are the rug packaging materials and protections you will need to use:

  1. Packing tape and thick twines. You can find them at any hardware or stationery shop and even in supermarkets.
  2. Plastic foil – it is recommended to use a thick plastic foil and the hardware stores are the best places to find it; if it’s impossible for you to find a thick plastic foil, you can also buy the plastic wrap used for food, in any supermarket.
  3. Cardboard box – only if you can fit rugs of smaller dimensions inside; you can find them at any hardware store or alternatively, you can re-use an old one as long as it is sturdy enough to support the weight of the rug.
  4. Single face cardboard sheets – it is an option and can be used as an extra layer of protection; you can find it at the hardware store.

How to fold and roll a rug for shipping

The process is quite straightforward but the only caveat before starting is to make sure that by folding it, you won’t damage the carpet. If you are shipping an oriental carpet or a Persian rug, note that these are more prone to damages because they are hand-knotted and sometimes dense. In this case, just skip the folding and simply roll it.

Before starting to prepare a rug for shipping, give it a deep clean and make sure it is not sucked in water.

  1. Fold the carpet – fold the carpet half down the length; in order to reduce its size, you can do this twice. In order to protect the fringes, start by folding each end of the carpet.
    When folding, some carpets run the risk of being creased. If you ship Ikea rugs or machine-made carpets, this should not be a problem. However, skip this step if you are shipping an oriental rug or a handmade carpet.
  2. Roll the rug – start rolling on the shorter end of the carpet so that its length is reduced as much as possible. You can use a tube to simplify your work. Don’t roll too tightly as it may damage the fibre.
  3. Secure it with packing tape and ropes – once the carpet is rolled, twine it in a few places, depending on its length. Use also packing tape as an extra safety measure.
  4. Wrap the rug in plastic foil – start by adding a few extra layers on its edges to better protect it in case it’s dragged along. Then wrap the rest of the rug in plastic foil and secure it again with tape.
  5. Add an extra layer of cardboard sheet – this step is not mandatory, but it acts as an extra layer of protection. It is recommended mostly if you are shipping an antique carpet of great value. If the rug is small, you can simply place it in a cardboard box.

Given their big dimensions, rugs might be difficult to ship through standard courier service. At Eurosender, we have a solution for each item you need to send domestically or internationally. If you need to ship a rug of bigger dimensions, we will create an individual offer based on your needs.

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Why shipping a carpet?

At Eurosender, we have received many requests from people who want to ship a carpet internationally.

  • Shipping a rug when relocating – carpets can be very expensive, so they are not the type of items that should be left behind when moving to a new place. Here is where Eurosender came into play and helped these customers deliver rugs via courier services.
  • Buying a carpet abroad – there are certainly many places where one can find carpets. However, some countries are renowned for their high-quality rugs and this is why many people decide to buy them during their travels. However, taking a rug at the board of an airplane is definitely not a convenient solution. To avoid the hassle of carrying the carpet around, many people had turned to courier services to ship a carpet to their home and enjoy the convenience of a door to door service.
  • Shipping a carpet to the customers – there are many online stores that sell carpets. They are in need of affordable courier services to ship the carpets to the customers. At Eurosender, we understand the needs of business customers, regardless of the industry, they operate in. This is why we make it easier for them to access international courier services. Business account holders can have a permanent overview of their current and past orders. can have a permanent overview of their current and past orders.

If you still have questions about what is the best way to ship a carpet internationally and to prepare it for shipping, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will answer any questions you might have.

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