Buying furniture for our new home, we wanted a large rug (8ft x 10ft)...or about (245cm x 310cm). This is a massive item to ship overseas, but West Elm was able to ship rugs up to this size to Singapore. With an online sale for rugs at the time, the rug cost US$422. I ordered some cushions and other items too so total invoice was about US$530. Shipping was US$140 and Duties of US$57. While this is a fairly large shipping cost, i thought it was very cheap considering the rug size.
West Elm uses Border Free (www.borderfree.com) for international shipping.
At Crate and Barrel in Singapore Ion, rugs this dimension were closer to SGD$1500-2000.
The small items in stock were sent immediately and the rug followed.