the perfect pile
Our definitive guide to the chicest rugs in every shape, material, and weave imaginable.
text by sarah coffey
A solid rug is the canvas you’ll paint your room around—make a statement with a showstopping color.
Sphere Rug by Aelfie x Studio Proba in Dusty Rose mattermatters.com
Oppland Rug $3,500 fellsandes.com
Far from fussy, these florals transform a room into a lavish indoor oasis.
The Sapphire Collection in 11193A from $226/square ft starkcarpet.com
Nelia Rug from $98 anthropologie.com
In textures, metallics, and handwoven patterns, these high-style stripes go beyond the beach house.
Vintage Turkish Tulu rug $1,800 abchome.com
Navy + Peach Kovidara Indian Dhurrie by Madeline Weinrib
Lido Chambray/Ivory Area Rug
Nolita by Kate Spade New York
These rugs steal the show, so cast them with more low-key neutral furniture or patterns in a similar palette.
Prism Glacier flat weave $1,760 aimeewilder.com
Round Carpet - Sticks
Labyrinth from $513 oyyo.se
Harrington Runner by Jonathan Saunders from $129/square ft therugcompany.com
If you want a rich, modern look, try overdyed, which means vintage carpets are distressed, then saturated in a bath of color.
Overdyed Vintage Turkish Rug $450 kilim.com
Whether you live in a large loft or a studio apartment,
use rugs to frame your furniture.
use rugs to frame your furniture.
In the bedroom, you can either frame your whole bed (make sure your rug extends under at least three-fourths of the bed) or use a runner or sheepskin(s) on the floor.
Irregular shapes allow more freedom with sizing, and they’re great for creating zones within a room. Use a cowhide to frame a coffee table or a circular rug to anchor a round dining table.
If your sofa and chairs float in the middle of a room, get a rug that’s big enough to fit all four legs of the furniture. For a 72-inch sofa, for example, you’ll need a rug that’s at least 8-by-10 feet.
In a bedroom or living room, try textures that make you want to go barefoot.
Luxe High-Pile Shag Rug in Ivory from $2,064 restorationhardware.com
Luna Rug by Surya
Scout Rug in 3001 by Surya
MOR 113317A from $40/square ft starkcarpet.com
Use a hide to soften modern furniture, or throw a sheepskin over a flatweave to layer your look.
Painted Plains Black Lines Rug - Whole Hide
Grand Canyon Collection in Gray/Ivory by Loloi
pair to perfection
You layer your wardrobe, why not your rugs? These simple tricks can help stretch your budget and create textural contrast.
Style + Softness
A sheepskin and kilim make bedroom floors oh-so-soft.
100% New Zealand Sheepskin Double Ferm Living Buy Now
Desert Classic Indian Dhurrie Madeline Weinrib Buy Now
Graphic + Pattern
Stick to one color palette, and play with scale for contrast.
Kelim Rug in Black Lines by Ferm Living 333
Pattern Rug A by Anna Karlin 333
Simple + Special
A jute rug is a clean canvas for a smaller statement piece.
Moroccan Kilim Boucherouite Indigo&Lavender Buy Now
Textured Jute Rug west elm Buy Now
tone + texture
Pick two colors you love and make a pair.
Circle Cluster in Dusty Rose by Aelfie x Studio Proba mattermatters.com 333
Ombre Shine Wool Rug by West Elm 333
Handwoven and hand-knotted in the Atlas Mountains, Moroccan rugs are one-of-a-kind finds.
Natural fibers like sisal and hemp are durable and wear well in the dining room, living room, and entryway.
Chantilly Collection in Ivory/Blush by Joanna Gaines for Loloi
Gemeos in Black by Ashe + Leandro from $80/square ft meridastudio.com
Washable and/or weather resistant, these rugs are the perfect picks for the mudroom, deck, and porch.