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When it comes to interior design, an area rug can make or break any living space. In fact, while many of us consider picking out floor coverings an afterthought, many experts maintain you should be designing your room around a rug—not the other way around. Whether you are starting with the rug, or simply trying to find the perfect finishing touch for your already furnished space, there are endless options for every budget. But, before you start shopping, keep in mind that while the average lifespan of wall-to-wall carpet 3 to 5 years, high-quality area rugs can last many lifetimes and be passed down generation to generation.
According to Kellie Sirna, principal and co-founder of Studio 11 Design, "Area rugs have a longer lifespan because they’re more easily manipulated. It’s not only easier to clean area rugs, but it’s also easier to rotate them more frequently. This exposes the rug to even amounts of surface moisture which will contribute to a longer lifespan. With proper care, area rugs can become family heirlooms.” Before you start shopping, her partner, Stacy Elliston, urges you to think about your space, figuring out what material and style of carpet will best suit your needs. “Don’t fall victim to a beautiful pattern without considering function first,” she says. If you're feeling overwhelmed with options, don't fret—we've done all the necessary digging.
Here, the best area rugs for every living space and lifestyle.
Best Persian: Anthropologie Tufted Caro Rug
If you're obsessed with the charm of a vintage Persian rug, but prefer to be its first owner, Anthropologie's gorgeous Tufted Caro Rug is worth investing in. Inspired by the very patterns that make Persians so sought after, this tufted wool beauty will add a romantic touch to your space, filling it with dreamy pinks and golden yellow hues.
Anthropologie's Tufted Caro Rug is made to last and is suitable for high-traffic areas of your home. To keep it in tip-top condition, just periodically rotate it to ensure even wear and tear.
Best Jute: nuLOOM Natura Collection Chunky Loop Jute Rug
There's a lot to love about jute rugs. First, they work with almost any aesthetic. And second, you can find incredibly affordable options that don't compromise on quality, offering an expensive look at a low cost.
This chunky, handmade rug from nuLOOM is one of our all-time favorites. It is super durable, made to withstand the test of time, and will effortlessly ground any space in your home—be it your kitchen, living room, or bed room. To top it all off, the rug is also available in pretty much every shape, size, and color imaginable. Use it on its own or take a page out of some of our favorite designers' playbooks and layer it with another rug of your choosing.
Best Wool: Rivet Contemporary Linear Distressed Wool Area Rug
A distressed linear pattern and muted grey and ivory tones make this hand-tufted beauty a versatile option for any living space. The rug—which comes from Rivet, Amazon's mid-century modern decor brand—is constructed from 80 percent wool and 20 percent cotton. Its medium pile weave not only looks super luxe, but will also withstand the wear and tear of medium- to high-traffic areas in your home.
Reviewers vouch for the rug's softness and they note that its quality is on par with more expensive brands such as Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel. The biggest complaint is that it isn’t available in more color options.
Best Washable: Ruggable Cambria Sapphire Rug
Washable rugs are all the rage—and for good reason. Floor textiles are traditionally difficult and/or expensive to clean, so being able to pick up your rug and throw it in your own washing machine is quite a convenient solution.
While there are a handful of brands offering machine-washable rugs, Ruggable offers some of the chicest options. Our favorite is the Cambria Sapphire, which is basically the jewel-toned Turkish kilim design we've been relentlessly scouring flea markets, online vintage shops, and Instagram purveyors for. Timeless, traditional, and classic, it makes a great addition to any decor style be it mid-century modern, traditional, or transitional. Since it's available in a handful of sizes, you can even pick up a matching set if you need an area rug and a runner.
Best Neutral: Lulu and Georgia Rehya Rug
Lulu and Georgia's Rehya Rug borrows inspiration from ancient Zapotec designs with a medium pile height, 100 percent sheep's wool, and meticulous hand-knotted construction. We love how the reinvented geometric design and muted tones add a touch of culture to your space without overwhelming it. Another bonus is that it is available in a variety of sizes, making it the perfect addition for any space.
Best One-of-a-Kind: Revival Terenzia Rug
Revival is known for unique, one-off vintage rugs, but the brand also offers Revival-Made Rugs, a collection of floor coverings made under Atelier, their line of new and bespoke products. This one-of-a-kind rug—which is proudly handwoven and hand-knotted by skilled artisans—marries a neutral palette with an oriental pattern which is typically super hard to find! While is one of the more expensive rugs on our list, keep in mind that with proper care, this beauty can stand the test of time and be passed down as an heirloom.
Best Textured: Parachute Textured Wool Rug
Parachute is most widely known for their extremely luxe bed linens, but their floor coverings are just as crush-worthy. We love this textured wool rug which features raised tufted lines that not only offer a subtle pattern, but soft cushioning.
Due to its light hue, we suggest keeping this 80 percent wool beauty in your bedroom or another low traffic area of your home. Keep in mind that each of these rugs is unique, and takes two craftspeople three days to hand-weave a 5 x 8-foot rug on a traditional pit loom. Basically, it's art for your floor.
Bet Contemporary: BenchMade Modern The Arthur Rug
If you're craving a touch of tribal or animal print in your space, but aren’t ready to fully walk on the wild side, this rug from BenchMade Modern is the perfect middle ground. The hand-tufted, globally inspired textile is made from a blend of wool and viscose and offers a 2/3-inch pile height. Its pattern—an abstract yet subtle contrast of black and white—offers a compelling visual for your room without distracting from other design elements.
Best Indoor/Outdoor: Frontgate Tanzie Indoor/Outdoor Rug
A reasonably priced rug is a great way to inject your indoor or outdoor space with a fun pop of color or pattern. And since it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, you don't have to make a long-term commitment to it, either.
This cheetah print polypropylene rug from Frontgate is durable enough to stand up to the elements on an outdoor patio (it's fade-, mildew-, mold-, and water-resistant) but chic enough to pull together any indoor space as well. While its repeating pattern is on the wild side, its rich colors—moss, ivory, and cinnamon—tastefully take it down a notch.
Best White: My Texas House by Orian Indoor/Outdoor Bluebonnets Area Rug
Add texture, pattern, and some high-low depth to any room with this romantic-feeling rug. The inexpensive option features creamy floral swirls and adds an inviting touch to any space without going overboard on color.
Since it's constructed from 100 percent premium polypropylene, My Texas House's Orian Rug is shed-, stain-, and fade-resistant and can be used in high-traffic areas or even outdoors. Reviewers rave that the reasonably priced rug is surprisingly high quality and super easy to clean.
Best Leather: CB2 Natural Leather Dressage Rug
Rugs are an easy way to add texture and visual interest to your home and leather is an unexpected—but impactful—way to do it. CB2's Natural Leather Dressage Rug features soft leather that's been upcycled from shoe and bag factories and handwoven on a traditional pit loom. The result is a neutral yet unique mix of cool steel grey and caramel which is fabulously finished off with an exaggerated fringe. It's incredibly durable and perfect for high-traffic areas—including under your dining table in your foyer.
Best Budget: Unique Loom Lattice Frieze Rug
This modern masterpiece was built to withstand considerable wear and tear—even spills and messes created by kids and pets. The simple yet stylish geometric print is available in a bunch of different shades ranging from slate grey to a bright canary yellow.
The rug is ultra affordable, too, with 8 x 10-foot options coming in well under $200. Reviewers note that even after months of use (and 'serious abuse') from dogs, cats, visitors, and children, the rug looks just as good as it did on day one.
Best Handwoven: The Citizenry Akshay Area Rug
The Citizenry prides itself on offering the most gorgeous goods that are thoughtfully designed and ethically crafted. This statement-making rug—which is handwoven by master artisans in Panipat, India, over a period of up to five weeks—is no exception.
From the soothing grey hues and dimensional design to the soft feel of 100 percent wool underneath your toes, this modern yet timeless textile will add a cozy layer to your living area or bedroom. And, while it might be a little more expensive than some of the area rugs on our list, remember that handmade rugs are an investment that can often last a lifetime.
Best Designer: The Rug Company Thistle Gold by Vivenne Westwood
If you are looking for a designer rug from the likes of Paul Smith, Kelly Wearstler, or this Vivenne Westwood piece—The Rug Company is your place to shop.
The Tibetian wool rug is adorned with hand-knotted silk yarns to give it its stunning look. Add this to a nursery for a real scene-stealer or in your living room for some modern chic.
Best for Busy Households: Dash & Albert Coastal Blue Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Looking for an area rug? Dash & Albert is probably going to have what you are looking for. Their wool and jute rugs are traditional but with a dose of preppy. But, what we really love is their indoor/outdoor rugs.
These don't look like your typical plastic outdoor versions. They feel nice on your feet and they work as well indoors as they do outdoors. If you have pets or kids these are easily washable with a hose or a soak in the tub. These rugs will last for the long haul.