Geometric Handmade

The small chevron pattern adds just enough interest without detracting from the rest of your decor.
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Herringbone

Geometric Handmade

Langley Street

Aldergrove Handwoven

nuLOOM Moroccan

Blythe Area Rug

Rugs USA Tuscan

Dotted Diamond

Unique Loom

Solo Solid Shag

Best Nourison Rugs of 2021

Whether you’re a home design junkie or not, no space is complete without an area rug. From a practical perspective, they provide cushion and underfoot warmth to tile, wood, and concrete flooring; they muffle sound and reduce echoes (two musts for those of us living in apartments), and they can cover up ugly floors or old wall-to-wall carpeting. From a design perspective, an area rug can make or break a room. In fact, some home décor pros recommend starting with your area rug and choosing wall colors, upholstered furniture, and other home décor items (like throw pillows) based on its design.

In addition to its practical purposes, the right area rug can anchor a room, define separate spaces in an open-concept layout and add decorative value to your space. Just be sure to follow this one simple rule: Your rug should be at least 6 inches, but no more than 2 feet away, from a room’s walls. With thousands upon thousands of options available online, it can be hard to find the right pattern, texture, shape, and size area rug for your home.

Herringbone Geometric Handmade Flatweave

  • If you’re searching for the perfect area rug for your living space, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful handwoven indigo mat. It’s made of soft cotton, making it sustainable, soft underfoot, and affordable. While cotton flat-weave isn’t the plushest option on the market, the material is still soft and study.

The small chevron pattern adds just enough interest without detracting from the rest of your decor. The pattern also helps mask small debris and minor stains between cleanings. Though this area rug is only meant for indoor use, it’ll look great in nearly any room, from a home office or bedroom to the kitchen. A rug pad is recommended so it won’t slip around.

 

Pros:

  • Needs a rug pad

Cons:

  • Only four heads while other models have five or six

Needs a rug pad

  • Thanks to its low pile height, this flat-woven rug is durable and long-lasting, which makes it a great choice for a highly trafficked area like the hallway. The thin pile height also makes it easy to clean—all it needs is regular vacuuming to remove minor debris and dirt.

If there’s a downside to this rug, it’s that the low pile height is thin and doesn’t provide much cushion. A plush rug pad can help absorb impact and muffle any noise that may travel between floors. Plus, the good news is that coziness isn’t as important in the hallway as it is in another area, like a bedroom or a play space.

Pros:

  • Long lasting

  • Easy to clean

  • Comes in various sizes

Cons:

  • Thin; doesn’t provide cushion

nuLOOM Moroccan Blythe Area Rug

  • 100 % Polypropylene
  • 100% Polypropylene, made in Turkey
  • Designed with resilience against everyday wear and tear, this rug is made from synthetic material that is kid and pet-friendly and perfect for high traffic areas of your home: living room, dining room, kitchen, and hallways
  • Sleek and functional 0.37” pile height allows for convenient placement in entryways and underneath furniture, and will not obstruct doorways
  • Stylish and versatile, this purposefully distressed Moroccan-inspired rug embodies a global look that never goes out of style
  • Easy to clean and maintain, this rug can be kept looking its best by vacuuming regularly and spot treating any mild stains with mild detergent or rug cleaner

Another beautiful option for your home or apartment is the nuLOOM Moroccan Blythe Area Rug. This traditional area rug features a modern Moroccan trellis design that’s available in six colors, from a muted gray that’s perfect for a living room to a multicolored option that’s fun for a playroom. Although most color options skew on the light side, a low pile height makes the rug easy to clean.

Pros:

  • Comes in various colors and sizes

  • Easy to clean

  • Kid- and pet-friendly

Cons:

  • Needs a rug pad

Rugs USA Tuscan Dotted Diamond Trellis Nursery Rug

  • In a nursery, look for an area rug that’s comfortable enough for baby to lounge on and crawl on. You’ll also want a rug that’s easy to clean. Let’s face it, babies are messy! The Tuscan Dotted Diamond Trellis Nursery Rug delivers in both areas.

The 100 percent natural wool fiber is soft and comfortable, but it’s also hypoallergenic—perfect for baby’s sensitive skin. Wool is also very durable and easy to clean, thanks to its low-pile weave. For stubborn spills and stains, it can be spot-treated or steam-cleaned. There are two different sizes to choose from and five different color options, ranging from pale pink to blue.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean

  • Hypoallergenic

  • Comes in various colors and sizes

Cons:

  • Sheds

Unique Loom Solo Solid Shag Collection Modern Plush Area Rug

  • Polypropylene
  • Imported
  • Pile: Polypropylene – Backing: Cotton – Weave: Machine Woven – Made In: Turkey
  • Size in FT: 4′ 0 x 6′ 0 – Size in CM: 120 x 185 – Pile Height and Thickness: 1.5″ – Colors: Cloud Gray
  • Easy-to-clean, stain resistant, and does not shed – rug pad recommended to prevent slipping and sliding
  • Easy to clean, just follow these instructions: Spot clean with resolve or carpet cleaner, and regular vacuum, but don’t use the beater bar – spinning brush – on the vacuum – suction-only or take it outside and shake it out – dry immediately and evenly

When it comes to the bedroom, comfort is key. You want the space you sleep in to be inviting and warm. The Unique Loom Solo Solid Shag Collection Area Rug is a great way to transform your bedroom, as it’s plush, cozy, and comes in 23 different colors to complement any decor style. A range of sizes will help you find the best fit for your space. It’s also easy to clean, stain-resistant, and won’t shed.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean

  • Comes in various colors and sizes

  • Won’t shed

Cons:

  • Needs a rug pad

What to Look for in an Area Rug

Pile

The pile height refers to how long the carpet fibers are. Typically, pile height for an area rug is described as low, medium, and high—though you’ll sometimes see it expressed in inches. Area rugs with a low pile or no pile (like flatwoven rugs or jute rugs) typically offer easier maintenance, since it’s harder for dirt, debris, and pet hair to hide between fibers. However, a medium or high pile area rug will give you a cushier, more luxurious feeling.

Fibers

The type of fibers used to make an area rug will have a big impact on the durability, softness, and stain resistance of the rug. You may spot natural materials like cotton, jute, or wool (likely to be the most expensive). However, many synthetic fibers are being used to make area rugs, including polypropylene, nylon, and polyester. These fibers offer advantages in terms of durability and stain resistance and often are more cost-effective than some natural fibers.

Size and shape

One of the most important things to consider when shopping for an area rug is the size. If you go too small, the rug will seem out of proportion with the room and won’t suit its purpose. However, a rug that is too large can overwhelm the space—or may not fit at all. Also, remember that area rugs aren’t always rectangular. Oval, round, and square area rugs can make a nice addition to your room as well.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was researched and written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer who has spent the last 10-plus years researching the best home goods for various digital publications, including The Spruce and Good Housekeeping. Brigitt owns a 100-year-old home and has ample experience selecting soft home goods and rugs to furnish spaces both large and small.