In order to sell bear rugs, it is necessary to obtain an appropriate license. Make sure that the taxidermist from whom you are planning to purchase the rug is licensed and reputable. Purchasing bear rug from a non-licensed taxidermist is against the law.
Scrutinise the bear hide properly before accepting it. Look for signs of rotting, weakness of the hide, shedding or other indications which may point towards deterioration. If you are purchasing bear rug from a reputable taxidermist, the rug should be in perfect shape and condition.
Avoid investing blindly. Make sure that you do some research in order to compare prices offered by a number of different vendors. Factors which determine the price of a rug include the rug’s length, the fur’s quality and supply and demand at the time at which you are buying the rug. Be prepared to pay at least $1500 for a good quality bear rug.
Properly plan before purchasing the rug to ensure that the bear rug would complement the overall decor of the room in which you plan to put the rug. For example, putting a bear rug in a room with green theme in terms of colour would not be a good idea. Taking opinion from others would be a good idea if you can not make the decision all on your own.
If budget is a problem, a possible alternative is to buy a fake bearskin rug. A fake bearskin rug would cost only a small fraction of the price of a real bearskin rug. This would be a safer option especially if your nature is diverse and at some point in time, you may want to get rid of the rug altogether. Fake bearskin rugs start at only $200.