It’s no secret that rugs can be expensive. When they’re made using high-quality materials and traditional techniques, rugs are investment pieces that will last you a lifetime. Except here’s the truth: Expensive rugs aren’t always better. And affordable rugs aren’t necessarily low quality.
Naturally, that makes shopping for one a little more complicated, especially if you’re not sure whether you should skimp or splurge on a rug. To help shed some light on how to find the best rug for your space, we polled our stylists on rugs they love for both quality and style in a range of price points—including affordable alternatives for more expensive designs. Read on for our stylists’ picks and get their tips on rug shopping for your next purchase!
The Natural Jute Rug
Natural-fiber rugs need no introduction. Durable, textured, and great for layering under other area rugs, these woven wonders are incredible foundations in any style room.
Jute Woven Rug, Dash & Albert, $968
This thick-woven jute rug has both durability and soft texture, which makes it a functional piece that’s built to stand up to wear in a family room or bedroom for many years.
Pros: It has a chunky braided texture but it’s very gentle on the feet. It has a wool-like feel without the high price point of wool rugs.
Cons: One of these new rugs can shed a little at first.
Farida Handspun Jute Rug, Kerala Design, $499
What sets this jute rug apart is the intricate woven pattern. It adds a subtle style element that makes it the perfect piece to pair with other rugs.Shop This Rug
Pros: It’s got style and strength, so it’s great to layer with rugs that are more patterned or colorful.
Cons: The construction is finer than other chunkier woven jute rugs, which makes it better suited for medium and low-traffic spaces.
The Global Vintage Rug
Don’t mistake these cool boho rugs for the typical colorful patterned ones. With a lightly distressed look and notes of berry hues, these rugs are modern, global, and totally dreamy.
Berry Rumi Rug, Loloi, $2,199.00
Just what you need to warm up a neutral living space, this handwoven rug is not too bold, not too overwhelmingly patterned, but still makes a statement.
Pros: This is handmade with wool in India by expert artisans, so it’s built to last decades, if not generations.
Cons: It’s an investment piece that has a price tag to match, so make sure you’re 100% committed to the color and pattern.
Cornelia Rug, Loloi, $469.00
It’s all about the details here, which is no surprise when it comes to a rug designed by the design superstar Justine Blakeney. If you’re after an of-the-moment boho look, this is for you.
Pros: The rug’s ribbed texture and fringe make for gorgeous finishing details. The cool berry tones are easy to mix with different designs.
Cons: It’s made of chenille, which is very soft but difficult to clean and maintain.
The Traditional Floral Rug
Classic floral area rugs have a way of bringing formality to any room. If you love traditional spaces, you can’t go wrong with a warm-color floral rug for your foundation.
Burnt Orange Vienna Rug, Tanjore, $1,125.00
Timeless and sophisticated, this hand-tufted rug is a statement piece. With flowy floral motifs, make sure you get the right size rug for your living room so that it fits nicely under furniture legs.
Pros: It’s super soft and plush. The gorgeous pattern looks even better in person.
Cons: Expensive floral rugs can really get up there, so make sure you choose a floral pattern that truly speaks to you.
Marine Indiana Rug, Bhawan Textiles, $439.00
When it comes to cheap living room rugs, you don’t want to go too cheap with a floral rug since the pattern quality can vary greatly. This one hits the perfect note of affordable and elegant.
Pros: This vibrant vintage-inspired pattern with its pinks, oranges, and blues is truly unique and looks one-of-a-kind.
Cons: It’s made of polyester so it’s probably best in low-traffic areas, like a den or guest room.
The Modern Geometric Rug
If you’re looking to add some instant color and visual interest in a room, geometric area rugs always do the trick. The best part is they work in a range of spaces, be it rustic or contemporary.
Charcoal Akina Rug, Loloi, $1,259.00
You wouldn’t think it, but a neutral geometric rug is among the most timeless options since it can enliven a space without overpowering it. Lay one down in the living room to add depth.
Pros: It’s handmade with wool, which means it’s durable and gorgeously textured.
Cons: Geometric rug patterns need to be balanced out with some breathing room, so if you love a room layered with decor, this might not be the best fit.
Ivory Dylan Rug, Rosewood Weavers, $659
A bit boho, modern and rustic all at once, this rug is quintessential Southwestern style. With its geometric patterned bands, fringing, and natural textures, this rug will add flair to any space.
Pros: It’s handwoven with natural jute, cotton, and wool fibers, so you can expect this rug to feel like a cloud on your feet. And the pattern will last for years, too.
Cons: You can only place this rug one way in your space (with the fringe to the sides versus under furniture), so that can limit your layout.
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