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Everything You Need to Know About Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Rugs are the perfect way to pull together a space—grounding a room while adding some color, pattern, or texture to the area. And this is just as true for an outdoor space as inside your home. You might not immediately think of putting a rug out on your patio—but it can really anchor a seating area and add a sense of coziness to the space.

But you don’t just want to use any old rug in an outdoor space. That’s why outdoor rugs exist. These affordable, stylish, and durable rugs are made to survive the outdoor elements while adding some softness underfoot.

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What are indoor-outdoor rugs?

Indoor-outdoor rugs are area rugs that are designed for use outdoors—whether that’s on a patio, a balcony, a pool deck, or in an outdoor living or dining area. These rugs are more durable than the average rug and are built to withstand the elements. Many are mold and mildew-resistant so you don’t have to worry about them getting soaked in a thunderstorm.

What materials are they made of?

A majority of indoor-outdoor rugs are made of synthetic materials like polyester and polypropylene. These materials are very durable and stain-resistant, and they also come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. And many polypropylene rugs are also UV resistant, so their colors don’t fade in the sunlight.

Natural fiber rugs can be used as indoor-outdoor rugs as well. Jute, seagrass, and sisal are great choices for an open-air space, and they add lovely texture to any seating area. Like the synthetic materials listed above, these natural fiber rugs are super durable, with the added bonus that they’re made from sustainable (and sometimes even organic) materials. However, be aware that jute and sisal, specifically, should only be used in a covered porch or patio, since these materials are susceptible to mold and mildew and can be damaged by exposure to too much moisture. Seagrass, on the other hand, is water-resistant and non-absorbent, and can therefore handle the elements a bit better.

Can I use an outdoor rug inside?

Absolutely! (You may be surprised to find that a rug you already have at home is actually an indoor-outdoor rug!) While not all indoor rugs can be used outside, all outdoor rugs can be used indoors. However, you’ll typically want to use a rug pad with them indoors to add extra cushion underfoot, since most outdoor rugs are flatweaves.

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What are indoor-outdoor rugs best for?

There are actually so many uses for these versatile rugs. As we mentioned, indoor-outdoor rugs can be used both inside and outside in many different areas. Wondering how to choose a rug for your home, whether inside or in an outdoor space? Here are a few scenarios where indoor-outdoor rugs are the perfect choice.

Homes With Kids and Pets

Indoor-outdoor rugs are great for homes with kids and pets (or clumsy adults) since they’re low maintenance and easy to clean. Juice (or red wine) spill? No problem. Spaghetti sauce accident? Just wipe it right off with some soap and a damp cloth.

Consider using these for dining room rugs, or in a playroom or kids room, where they can act as a safeguard against spills and food crumbs. Just make sure you pick an option that is soft enough for your kiddos to crawl around and play on. And if you have pets in the home, those paws and claws won’t be a problem with one of these rugs.

Easy Cleaning

When you have a house full of kids or pets, you often have to do a bit more than spot cleaning. To give your indoor-outdoor rug a more thorough clean, simply take it outside and hose it down with some mild soap and scrub it out with a brush. Most are made of synthetic fibers, so it’s virtually impossible to ruin the rug with too much washing or scrubbing. You can also simply shake them out or give them a quick vacuum (minus the beater brush). Some can even be thrown in the laundry machine! Just be sure to look at the tag before trying this option.

High-Traffic Areas

Indoor-outdoor rugs are very durable and made of materials that can handle high-traffic areas. So, they’re perfect for use in the busiest areas of the home, like the entry or the family room. The materials they’re made of also resist moisture, stains, and fading which only adds to their durability.

Our favorite ways to use them? Lay down one or two indoor-outdoor runners in your kitchen, hallway, or bathroom—just make sure you keep them in place with rug pads!

Damp Areas

Since most indoor-outdoor rugs are mold, mildew, and moisture resistant, this is a great type of rug to use in areas of your home that can get damp. We’re talking basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, especially!

The Budget-Conscious

We all know that stylish, made-to-last rugs are expensive. However, indoor-outdoor rugs happen to have a much wider range of affordable options. And the price range is usually based on the size of the rug rather than the weave or design.

Plus, they often look just as great as indoor rugs, so you can get a high-end look for way less. It’s actually surprising to see all the different stylish options for indoor-outdoor rugs on the market. There are endless options for you to choose from! Whether it’s a colorful traditional pattern, a super neutral and minimal design, or a bold geometric graphic piece, you’re bound to find one that suits your taste.

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Tips for caring for your indoor outdoor rug

While indoor-outdoor rugs are extremely low-maintenance, they do need a little TLC to keep them in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Clean up spills immediately. As with any rug or upholstery, you don’t want to leave a spill sitting on a rug. Though many indoor-outdoor rugs are stain-resistant and easy to clean, if a liquid sits on it for too long it can create a mark or stain.

Clean regularly. Whether you’re using one of these babies inside or outside, you’ll want to vacuum or shake them out from time to time to keep dirt from building up in the fibers, which can shorten the life of these rugs. Leaf blowers are also great for cleaning up dirt and debris when used outside!

Use a rug pad. Placing a rug pad underneath an indoor-outdoor rug will not only add a bit more cushion underfoot, but will also keep the weave looking nice and help with air circulation under the rug. If you decide to place a rug pad under a rug outside, consider one with a moisture barrier or one that’s specifically designed for use outside, since regular rug pads aren’t mold- or mildew-resistant like your indoor-outdoor rug!

If they get wet, hang them up to dry. While they can handle the rain, they’ll feel better underfoot if they get to dry out. No one wants to walk on a soggy rug, after all! Drape them over your patio furniture for quick drying.

Store them at the end of the season. If you live in an area with cold weather, you’ll want to make sure to roll up and store your outdoor rug before winter hits. Just make sure to give it a good cleaning before rolling it up and storing it!

Stylist Picks

Think an indoor-outdoor rug might be the right choice for your home? Check out our picks of the best indoor-outdoor rugs for 2021. Here are our favorites.

 

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How to Choose a Rug for Homes With Kids and Pets

When you have kids and/or pets in your home, it impacts certain decor decisions. Are those cushion covers washable? Can that table handle spills? How easy is it to vacuum that rug? You start making decisions under the assumption of spills and accidents. One of the home decor items where this is (or should be) most highly considered is in the area rug you purchase for kids’ bedrooms and main living areas.

Since area rugs cover large portions of your floors, they see a lot of action. But it can be tough to know what rugs will hold up to the wear and tear of a house full of kids and pets! So if you’re figuring out how to choose a rug for your home, we’ve put together a guide to help you out and guide you to the best choices! Read on for tips and a roundup of the best rugs for kids and pets.

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What makes a rug kid and pet friendly?

There are certain factors that help qualify a rug as a kid or pet-friendly choice. Our top qualities in this department are rugs that are easy to clean, durable, and non-toxic. It’s worth noting that it can be difficult to find rugs that meet all three of these criteria—but it’s certainly not impossible! However, we recommend choosing your top two qualities that you want in a rug and narrow in on your search from there.

Easy to Clean

Like we said earlier: spills and accidents (of the human and pet variety) are inevitable when you have kiddos and four-legged friends around the house. So, we think easy-to-clean materials are a must if you want kid and pet-friendly rugs. (Check out the next section for more info on which materials are best for this!)

Durable

Kids and pets can cause a lot of wear and tear on rugs, so look out for rugs that are naturally durable. Since rugs can be an investment, it would be frustrating to have to replace them every year or two in a high-traffic area! Be conscious of this pile of rug you choose (ranging from flatweave to shag) like this, along with the material, will play a role in how durable the rug is.

Non-Toxic

When you have babies and young children, rugs are often the zone in your home where they’re laying down, learning to crawl, playing with toys, or reading books. So, it’s worth considering if you want to prioritize a non-toxic rug material without added chemicals. Many synthetic rugs contain volatile organic compounds (or VOCs), which release potentially harmful chemicals into the air. They dissipate eventually, but if you don’t want those chemicals to enter your home, you’ll want to be wary of certain materials. However, some natural materials, like cotton, are treated with pesticides and chemicals as well. Look for certified organic cotton and wool if this is a concern.

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Kid and Pet-Friendly Rug Materials

When looking for a pet and kid-friendly rugs, you’ll want to pick a material that’s easy to clean and stain-resistant. We have a couple of different materials that are favorites, both natural and synthetic, that fit the bill.

Wool

Wool is naturally stain-resistant (and antimicrobial!), making it a great choice for homes with kids and pets. Plus, wool rugs are super durable! The easy-to-clean aspect comes from the waxy outer coating of wool fibers, which helps it repel liquid. So, in the case of a spill, you can pretty easily dab it up and get it cleaned without much fuss. Even if you don’t find the spill until later, a solution of water and dish soap can tackle most stains in a wool rug! A sheepskin rug has all the same qualities since it’s also wool—just in a more “natural” state rather than being woven into a rug design. Bonus: sheepskin rugs make really cozy floor coverings in a nursery or kids’ room!

Stain-Resistant Synthetic

Many synthetic-material rugs are manufactured in a way that makes them stain-resistant (as well as resistant to mold and mildew). PET/polyester rugs are our top pick for an easy-to-clean synthetic fiber; a little diluted bleach and elbow grease are usually all you need to remove a stain from this material! Polypropylene and nylon are two other synthetic fiber options that tend to be stain-resistant.

This is also where we’ll plug indoor/outdoor rugs. Often made of polypropylene or PET, these rugs are made to withstand the outdoor elements—which means they’re also durable enough to stand up to little humans and pets. And just because they’re made for use outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t use them inside! In fact, many of our popular indoor/outdoor rugs are perfect for living rooms (it’s even one of our insider design tips for a kid-friendly living room).

What to Avoid

If pet-friendly rugs are what you’re looking for, stay away from natural fiber rugs like jute and sisal, especially if you have cats. Like moths to a flame are natural fiber rugs to cat claws. Your cat will love to scratch at these materials—and you’ll be left feeling very frustrated, and with a sad-looking rug. These materials can also catch at dogs’ nails, pulling at the threads and causing the rug to look frayed.

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Other Things to Consider

Other rug qualities to consider in a home with kids and pets? A rug’s pile, colors, and pattern. And don’t forget about layering in a rug pad!

Rug Pile

For pet-friendly rugs, look for a rug that has a lower pile (versus a shag rug) with a tight, dense weave. This will save you from pet hairs becoming deeply embedded in your rug, and minimize snagged fibers.

However, the pile and weave you choose in a home with kids depends on the use case. Something with a higher pile might add extra coziness to a kids’ room, but in a high-traffic area like a living room, where drinks and snacks also tend to be present, something lower pile will be easier to clean and better withstand wear and tear.

Colors and Patterns

Since not all pet accidents or spills are immediately noticed, stains can happen to the best of us. Because of this, we prefer darker colors and busier patterns for rugs where kids and pets are present. Having dark colors, busy patterns, or a combination of the two, will help better disguise any lingering stains!

Another pet-friendly design tip when it comes to rugs? Match the color of your rug to your pet’s fur. This will help make their shedding less visible! But don’t let it build up just because you can’t see it! With kids or pets, you’ll want to prioritize vacuuming at least once a week to keep your rug looking fresh!

Rug Pads

Don’t forget about rug pads! They add cushion under area rugs, giving a softer place to curl up or play. Plus, with accidents, rug pads can help protect your floors beneath the rug. We recommend looking for a rug pad with a moisture barrier, which will help spills and smells from permeating into your rug pad. (Think of it as a mattress protector for your floor!)

And if you have a pet that tends to get the zoomies in the evening, a rug pad also provides traction so your rug isn’t sliding all over the room as they run around!

Stylist Picks

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Arbor Light Grey Rug, Tanjore

This synthetic fiber rug has a low pile and boasts a pattern that will help mask pet hairs and small stains.

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Kota Indigo Woven Wool Rug, Dash & Albert

This kid-friendly rug has all the qualities we love about wool—durable, easy-to-clean, naturally stain-resistant—and in a beautiful, darker pattern that can help hide a multitude of minor spills and stains.

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Nuuk Ivory Rug, Tanjore

We love a sheepskin rug in a nursery or kid’s room. It’s the coziest spot to lay baby down for tummy time or to curl up and read books.

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Wild Bloom Rug, Loloi

This wool rug features a beautiful pattern and bright colors that would look perfect in a kid’s room. (Dare we say it’s a perfect choice for masking marker stains if you have kids who tend to, ahem, color outside the lines—and off the paper—during craft time.) But aside from the pattern, it also features a soft, plush pile that makes it comfy to sprawl out on.

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Emelia Rug, Tanjore

This plush, shag rug is made of natural fibers. We wouldn’t choose it for a home with pets—but it offers such a cozy floor covering in a kids’ room!

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Anton Rug, Bhawan Textiles

The flatweave construction of this rug means there are no fibers that can catch on pet nails (and result in the weave unraveling). Its polyester material is easy to clean, and the busy pattern makes it very forgiving!

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Sweater Wool Rug, Tanjore

The plush pile of this wool rug gives it a cozy vibe—and the combination of the colors and pattern make it an ideal rug for helping mask most pet hair between vacuuming!

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Meet the Brand: Bhawan Textiles

We’re always adding new Modsy brands to our digital catalog to bring you pieces in your style and budget. From your favorite retailers to emerging designers and even hard-to-find brands, keep an eye out for our Modsy Brand Spotlights, where we’ll help you get to know some of the stylish brands you’ll find in your 3D designs.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to a favorite brand for beautiful, affordable rugs: Bhawan Textiles.

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Meet the Brand: Bhawan Textiles

Bhawan Textiles has a beautiful array of high-quality rugs in both synthetic and natural fibers. If you’re wondering how to choose a rug, this brand is a great place to start. And their beautiful rugs come in many different sizes, so once you find a rug design you like, you can easily choose the right rug size for your space. Bhawan Textiles also often collaborates with well-known designers and artists for special, limited-edition collections—so, check back often for new releases! This is one of our favorite brands to turn to for vintage-inspired rug designs. They’re also a great option if you’re also a fan of brands like West Elm, CB2, or ZGallerie.

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What They’re Known For

Bhawan rugs are known for their beautiful patterns and hand-woven quality. This brand creates rug designs that are timeless and approachable across styles. A large array of their rugs are designed in vintage-inspired, oriental patterns—but they have a ton of more modern and geometric designs as well.

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Why We Love Them

Bhawan Textiles offers innovative and well-designed rugs at affordable prices. So, no need to keep asking yourself, “Why are Rugs so Expensive?” Because Bhawan rugs are finally an affordable but high-quality option for your home! From shags to printed, power-loomed rugs, the quality cannot be beat at these price points. We love their colorful and timeless patterns, too. With a majority of Bhawan rugs being woven of synthetic fibers in low-pile or flat weave designs, their rugs are also easy to care for and vacuum.

Our Stylist Picks from Bhawan Textiles

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Indiana Rug, Red/Navy

This rug is designed in a traditional palette of navy and red—but in a fresh and lively pattern. The classic medallion pattern in center, with the border design, adds an old-world, sophisticated, flair to this rug, helping ground a more modern living room.

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Anton Rug, Orange

The Anton rug, part of the Bhawan Textiles Layla rug collection, features beautiful, unique patterning. With bright, high-contrast colors in the weave, we love the subtle southwest vibes. It goes well in a traditional style space, but it would also feel at home in an eclectic space.

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Evelyn Rug, Red

This modern and abstract rug is brimming with movement. While this rug’s design features a bright wash of color, it’s done in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming due to the simple brush stroke pattern. The result is a rug that feels trendy, energized, and truly eye-catching.

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Indiana Rug, Cobalt Blue/Spice

This rug is an absolute classic, from its timeless pattern to the deep color palette of rusty browns/reds and navy blue. It’s a rug that really grounds the room and feels a touch formal and sophisticated, making it perfect for traditional homes. But it can also balance out more modern elements in a space—allowing it to translate into homes of almost any style.

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Mariah Rug, Red

We love the bold, saturated colors and southwestern flair of the Mariah rug. The beautiful geometric pattern (inspired by antique Turkish and Persian kilims) draws in your eye and energizes the room. And the color palette can complement either a neutral or color-filled room!

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Lennox Rug, Ivory/Multi

This is a fun and eclectic rug with a ‘loose’ pattern and intentional fading to give it an antiqued vibe. But the use of bold colors in the patterning contrasts with the patina, giving this rug a unique and energized look. Bonus: The low pile is stain-resistant, fade-resistant, colorfast, and doesn’t shed.

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Ceyla Rug, Rose

We love how the soft rose color in the Ceyla rug contrasts with the bold, dark outline in this rug’s design. The results are simply stunning! This antique-inspired, geometric motif is modernized by the rich color palette—and the striation of colors gives the rug depth.

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Malin Rug, Grey

Here’s something a little different: a faux cowhide rug. Unlike real hide, this rug is more durable and easy to clean. It’s perfect on its own or layered over another rug. We love the embellishment of artistically placed gold and silver flecks on the hide, adding a glamorous effect.

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Nenna Rug, Denim/Natural

This light blue rug is airy and classic—perfect for modern and traditional spaces alike. The traditional but energetic pattern gets a vintage look with the faded yarn weave, giving the rug a beautiful patina.

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Lennox Rug, Pink/Midnight

The bold and saturated pink in this rug adds a punch of color to any room. We love that this rug is designed in a traditional style but the modern color choice makes it feel fresh and bright. This is the type of rug that’s like a work of art—but one that’s laid on your floor rather than hung up on your walls! This rug is also stain-resistant, fade-resistant, colorfast, and doesn’t shed.

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Gregar Rug, Sky/Multi

While many of Bhawan Textile rugs are made of synthetic materials, this one is made of 100% wool by skilled artisans in India. Soft to the touch and boasting a whimsical floral motif, it’s a fun addition to any space. The tassels add a boho flair, and we love how the pastel shades are mixed with deeper hues for added visual contrast.

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6 Reasons We Love Wool Rugs (And You Will Too)

Here at Modsy, we’re big fans of wool rugs. When walking people through how to choose a rug, we turn to wool over and over again. In fact, if we could only choose one rug material for the rest of our lives, it would be wool. Why, you ask? Well, there are so many reasons that wool is our MVP rug material.

Today, we’re breaking down the benefits of wool carpeting and unpacking why this hard-working natural fiber is one of our favorites. Read on for some wool rug pros and cons to help you see if a wool rug is right for you.

Here are 6 reasons to love wool rugs and wool carpets:

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1. Wool Rugs Are Durable and Long-Lasting

When you invest your money into something for your home, you want it to last, right? Right. Well, with a wool rug, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. While they tend to cost more on the front end, the durability of wool makes these rugs very long-lasting—so, the “cost-per-use” breakdown ends up being much less over time than with a less expensive rug. Wool rugs can last well over 50 years if you treat them well, so while they’re an investment, you’ll get to enjoy them for a longer period of time than with other rug materials. There’s a reason why so many of the antique and vintage rugs you see out there are 100% wool—because it’s a material that’s made to last and has stood the test of time!

One notable area that this durability shows up is in how easily wool recovers from indenting caused by the pressure of furniture legs. Over the lifespan of a wool rug, you’ll inevitably move once or twice—and, in moving, you’ll likely uncover some deep indents in your rug from your furniture legs. But the elasticity of wool fibers means that it will easily spring back into shape!

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2. Wool is Non-Toxic and Antimicrobial

Wool—which comes from sheep—is an all-natural material and is naturally non-toxic. And, with so many toxins floating around in the world, it’s nice to have one less thing to worry about! It’s also naturally antimicrobial—which essentially means it cleans itself. When something is antimicrobial, it means that it inhibits or kills the growth of microorganisms. So, you won’t find mold, mildew, bacteria, or mites growing on your wool rugs. This also helps wool resist absorbing odors, which keeps your rug and room smelling more fresh!

Bonus: Wool also naturally has very high levels of nitrogen and a high water content, which makes wool flame-resistant as well!

3. Wool is an Environmentally Friendly and Renewable Resource

In addition to being a natural material, it’s worth noting that wool is a renewable resource. Adult sheep naturally produce wool year-round and are shorn about once a year. Shearing doesn’t hurt a sheep—and, in fact, it’s quite necessary for a sheep’s health and hygiene. Excess wool can impede a sheep’s ability to regulate its temperature, causing overheating, and can also trap urine and feces which attracts pests. So, shearing a sheep is a necessary and compassionate practice, and results in beautiful, environmentally friendly products. (If only an annual haircut for us yielded such great results!)

But it is a process to turn wool into rugs (or any other wool product, like clothing or blankets). After shearing, wool must be washed, sorted, carded, combed, spun, formed into yarn, and then dyed before it can be woven into a rug. This lengthy process is one of the reasons we cite when customers ask us, “why are rugs so expensive?

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4. Wool Rugs Are Easier to Clean Than Other Materials

Wool fibers have a waxy outer coating which is what helps make wool antimicrobial. But this same coating helps wool repel liquids—a wonderful quality when it comes to rugs! If you spill anything on a wool rug, liquid will be slow to absorb, and in some cases it even rolls right off. So, you can easily dab and soak up any spills before they soak into your rug. Just make sure you get to it quickly so you don’t tempt fate! But even if you find a spill after it’s dried, a solution of dish soap and water can pick up most stains in a wool rug!

This stain-resistant quality makes wool rugs great for homes with kids and pets, where spills and messes are inevitable. And it’s also a great material for rugs in high-traffic areas. (Just opt for a low-pile wool rug in these areas, which will be easier to vacuum and clean!)

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5. Wool Rugs Are Resistant to Color Fading

The same natural coating that makes wool antimicrobial and water resistant also helps its color absorption and retention—which is a great quality for dyed and colorful wool rugs. If you buy a wool rug that wasn’t chemically treated during the production process, you’ll find that the wool will be extremely fade-resistant—resulting in beautiful, brilliantly colored rugs for years and years. (Chemically processed wool removes its natural protective properties, which makes it more susceptible to color fading, but leaves the wool softer and silkier.) So, even in antique wool rugs you’ll still see rich, saturated colors because wool holds onto color so well. However, to help the color last as long as possible, keep your rug—wool, or any other material—out of constant, direct sunlight.

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6. Wool Rugs Are Highly Versatile

Wool rugs are highly versatile, and you can almost certainly find a wool rug in your preferred style. They’re made in both high and low-pile designs, so you can find a wool rug at the plushness you desire. They’re also made in a wide variety of colors and patterns. From vintage-inspired to modern, geometric to organic, patterned or solid-colored—you can find a wool rug to suit your style and color scheme.

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Other Wool Rug Considerations

Some people may call these the cons of wool. Others might just classify them as things to con-sider before purchasing. Either way, keep these three things in mind when shopping for a wool rug!

Cost

Like we mentioned earlier, wool rugs tend to be more expensive than other rug materials. Among natural fiber rugs, wool is just behind silk as the most expensive material. And wool rugs tend to be significantly more expensive than synthetic fibers. But when it comes to natural vs synthetic rugs, we really do believe that wool rugs pay for themselves over time with how long they last. So, if you can stretch your budget to get a wool rug, we’d encourage you to do so.

Upkeep

Wool sheds a lot at first. It does come from an animal, after all—and most animals shed! However, with the way wool is woven into rugs, the shedding decreases over time. Regular vacuuming can help mitigate shedding and keep your rug looking fresh. Shoot for a quick vacuum about three times a week! One other thing to note: hand-knotted rugs shed less than power-loomed wool rugs. So, look at the production process of a rug if this is a concern!

Allergies

Some people are allergic to wool—so, obviously that’s something you’d want to consider before purchasing a wool rug. If it’s a significant allergy, we’d recommend skipping this material in your home decor altogether. Cotton and silk are great alternatives if you want to stay in the natural fibers realm. However, for someone with a mild allergy to wool and only flares up with direct contact, you could still opt for a wool rug if you feel the benefits outweigh the allergy—but be cautious about how you interact with it. Basically, avoid sitting or laying directly on the rug, and rinse off after cleaning your wool rug.

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Stylist Picks: Our Favorite Living Room Rugs—For Every Budget!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

designer favorite rugsIvory 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.

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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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How to Layer Rugs: Design Tips for Styling Layered Rugs

Layered rugs. You’ve seen the look on all your favorite design blogs. You’ve pinned images and dreamed of having this casual but considered look in your own home. But you might be feeling stumped as to how to actually pull off this look.

Rug layering is a design trick that makes your space seem extra thoughtful, well-designed, and curated. It gives your space a more nuanced look and adds a dose of coziness. And here’s the good news: there’s actually no one right way to approach layered rugs. But there are a few best practices!

Want to know how to ace the layered rug look in your space? Keep reading for our best tips and ideas for how to layer rugs in rooms throughout your home!

how to layer rugsWoven + Patterned Rugs

Use your layered rugs to anchor a cozy, conversational seating area in your living room, with your coffee table centered over two layered rugs. An old-world patterned rug layered over a chunky wool and jute rug adds color and texture to the space.

Why It Works

This layering, similar to the bedroom example above, adds depth and a pop of color to your decor scheme. Plus, it helps to expand the seating area perimeter so there’s a little more breathing room between furniture while still having enough floor coverage.

Where To Use It

This is a great approach for large living rooms. It allows all of your sitting area furniture to be on the rug without a singular large rug. Check out our living room rug size guide if you want extra help with sizing.

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Jute + Traditional Rugs

Here’s a no-fail way to think about layering rugs. Use a large jute rug as your base, then layer a bold-print or traditional patterned rug on top for some color and pattern. This is a perfect approach for if you have a smaller vintage or statement rug that wouldn’t be the right size on its own. But layer it over a larger rug and it works with the space!

Why It Works

This layering technique adds dimension and stylistic layers to your space—and just gives it a polished look! We love the combo of the different textures that help bring a space to life. Wondering why jute rugs make such a great base rug? Read our guide to natural fiber rugs to learn more.

Where To Use It

This is great for bedrooms, or anywhere that you want extra cushion underfoot. We love that the jute rug gives ample floor covering and the top rug pulls in colors from the rest of the room while adding a softer layer to the floor.

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how to layer rugsJute + Shag Rugs

To get a lot of floor coverage, start with a jute rug as your base, then layer a shag rug on top for an extra-cozy layer. This is a great way to utilize a rug that’s too small on its own but that you really want to showcase!

Why It Works

The jute rug covers a lot of the floor. (This one is 9.5×13.5!) Meanwhile, the shag rug adds color and a fun pattern to the space while also creating a super soft surface.

Where To Use It

This is great for kids spaces, so you kids can comfortably play on the floor. (Bonus: add a sheepskin in a reading nook for an extra cozy third layer!) But really, the idea works anywhere you want extra cushion—from a living room to a bedroom or office. Pro tip: Indoor-outdoor rugs are also great kid and pet-friendly rug options!

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Flat-Weave + Hide Rugs

Love the idea of a bold accent but prefer a neutral color palette? Pop a hide rug (real or faux) over a flatweave area rug to accentuate part of your space. Want an extra splash of boldness? Opt for a hide rug with flecks of gold, like the one pictured above.

Why It Works

A hide rug adds a hint of pattern and texture without overwhelming the space. And its organic shape adds visual interest when layered over the simple flat-weave rug.

Where To Use It

Use this layering technique in small or awkward spaces. Here, we used it in a bedroom, in the narrower space between the bed and the wall, accentuating the space that is there.

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Hide + Circular Rugs

Here’s a totally different take on layering rugs. In this space, we’ve paired two irregular-shaped rugs, just slightly overlapping, for a funky and unique look.

Why It Works

Since both of these rugs lack hard edges and corners, you can easily move them around and layer them differently for a versatile and varied layout and arrangement. The organic shapes means there are no hard and fast rules about where to place them.

Where To Use It

This is a great set-up for small or oddly shaped rooms, where a large rectangular area rug might not fit or would make the space feel cramped.

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how to layer rugsJute + Round Rugs

To create a distinct zone within a larger space, layer a round accent rug on top of a large jute, rattan, or even sisal rug. The jute rug will give you the floor coverage you need, while the round rug will help section off part of the room into its own space.

Why It Works

Not only is this a fun way to layer rugs and mix shapes, colors, and patterns—but it also helps you accentuate a special area of a room, whether that’s a full reading corner or just a way to highlight a unique chair.

Where To Use It

In the room above, we used this layering technique to create a reading and sitting area within a home office. But the same idea would work in a bedroom, or even for a second seating area within a large living room!

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how to layer rugsBase + Small Accent Rugs

Do you have a small accent rug that you love, but you also like the idea of a large area rug in your bedroom for more coverage and comfort underfoot? Go for both! By layering a special “landing” rug over a base rug with a pattern, you’ll create a cozy and plush spot when stepping out of bed. And don’t be afraid of pattern on pattern—in fact, you can choose two rugs that have similar patterns and hues or are totally contrasting.

Why It Works

This layering technique adds an extra pop of color to your space and accentuates the bedside area. The layered patterns add visual interest to an otherwise simple bedroom.

Where To Use It

This approach is best used in a bedroom, on one or both sides of your bed. Not sure what size of area rug to get for the base? Check out our bedroom rug size guide.

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how to layer rugsRunners + Accent Rugs

Layer long and narrow rugs together to add pattern and softness underfoot. These can be runners, with their ends overlapping, or you can mix small rugs with runners, or even smaller area rugs depending on the space. Layer them at angles in a way that looks casual but considered.

Why It Works

Layering rugs of different sizes and patterns gives an elegant and eclectic look to any space. Just make sure the rugs overlap some to lessen the tripping hazard!

Where To Use It

This is a perfect approach for a long and narrow space, like a hallway, galley kitchen, or even a long and narrow living room.

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Stylists Picks: The Best Fall Rugs for Any Style

Rugs are a perfect way to add color, pattern, and texture to any space. They pull a room together and give a pop of personality. With the seasons changing, it’s the perfect time to spice things up and update your space with a new rug!

To help you get started, our stylists put together a quick round-up of our picks for the best rugs for fall by style. Get the scoop on our current favorites, and shop them all in the post below!

geometric rugBest Modern Rugs for Fall

Cambridge Rug

With its modern geometric pattern and blue hues, the Cambridge rug offers a modern sensibility with a good dose of fun! It’s sure to liven up your space. This rug was hand-hooked in India and is made of 100% wool – so it’s high-quality and durable. We say pair this rug with a leather sofa for the ultimate contrast.

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Meridian Rug

Another geometric number, the Meridian rug offers a more muted and refined look, without losing any of the modern lines. This rug features a triangle pattern rendered in pointed dots that gives it a unique, custom feel. This rug is also 100% wool and was hand-tufted in India.

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rustic rugBest Rustic Rugs for Fall

Reign Rug

With its geometric design and muted color scheme, the Reign rug will bring understated elegance to any home. This handwoven rug features high-quality, natural materials. Wool and jute make this rug both soft and durable – an ideal choice if you have kids. It’s the perfect addition to a home with a rustic style.

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Pamina Rug

If you’re looking for a beautiful rug at an affordable price point, this might be the best fall rug for you. The Pamina rug features a bold pattern and color scheme, which will add major style to any room. The traditional pattern feels old world, but the overdyed quality brings it into the present, perfectly blending vintage and contemporary styles.

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eclectic rugBest Boho Rugs for Fall

Nomad Rug

This 100% jute rug adds a beautiful pop of geometry to any room – and will feel at home not only in a boho space but can even fit in modern and rustic interiors. (You may remember seeing this rug in our modern lake house home tour.)

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Symbology Rug

We love the neutral organic pattern of the Symbology rug, and it’s easily one of our picks for the best rugs for fall. Not to mention the contrasting pile heights and texture give this rug extra visual interest. Justina Blakeney developed this modern and eclectic design for Loloi. It’s hand-tufted in 100% wool by artisans in India, and we love it so much that we incorporated this piece into our Desert Minimal home tour.

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traditional rugBest Classic Traditional Rugs for Fall

Layla Rug

We love the rich blues and reds of this lovely rug – and the intricate, traditional pattern really is stunning. With the spirit of a vintage rug and the price of a new one, polyester makes this rug is a super affordable option. It, of course, is home in a traditional space, but it can also give life and contrast to a more modern home.

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Seville Rug

This rug is a fan favorite from our Modsy homepage – and for good reason. The pattern is stunning, and blues and oranges liven up any interior. Hand-woven in India in 100% wool, this high-quality rug will add sophistication and style to any room.

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6 Reasons Your Bedroom Needs a Rug

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Pretty much any room in your home can benefit from a rug, but they are especially nice in a bedroom. Your bedroom is the most intimate, cozy room in the house, after all! Bedroom rug ideas take many forms to be it as wall-to-wall coverings, layered on top of carpet, or large area rugs, and they can instantly add excitement to an otherwise simple space. That’s why the list of basic bedroom essentials pretty much always includes a bed, dresser, nightstand, and a rug!

In case you’re not totally sold on the idea yet, here are 6 reasons why your bedroom needs a rug.

bedroom with nightstand1. They Keep Your Feet Cozy

It’s no secret that carpeted floors are a lot softer than hardwood or tile – not to mention more comfortable to walk and stand on. Rugs feel warm and cozy on your feet and the softness gives your floors the flexibility to absorb the weight of your footsteps. This makes for a gentler surface to tip-top across with bare feet. Plus, we can all agree that it’s much more pleasant to step out of bed onto something plush instead of hardwood.

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2. They Reduce Noise

Another main benefit of a rug is that it will significantly dampen the noise in your space. It’s quieter inside your house without the sounds of footsteps clicking back and forth across the bedroom and it also makes your room less echoey. Hard surfaces don’t absorb sound in the same way that carpet does, so you’ll notice the volume in your bedroom will be softer. Plus, those noisy neighbors downstairs won’t sound as loud when you’re trying to snooze.

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3. They Add Personality

Maybe the most obvious reason why you need a rug in your bedroom is to show off your style! A rug adds color, pattern, and texture to a space to give it a more polished and personal look. It’s also a super-easy way to refresh your space without breaking the bank! A new rug can totally change the look and feel of your room in a flash.

 

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4. They Help Define the Space

You can use bedroom rugs to define or separate your space. This is especially useful in studio apartments where you might want the bedroom section to feel separate from your living area. And if your bedroom is on the larger side, a rug under the bed can help “zone” and define the space. If you already have carpet, this can also be a great way to add contrast and create further definition between particular areas.

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5. They Protect Your Floors

If you have beautiful floors it might seem counterintuitive to cover them up with a rug. But, as you can see, there are lots of reasons why a bedroom needs a rug and you can rest assured knowing that it is actually helping to keep your floors safe and scuff-free! A bedroom rug is the easiest way to protect floors, especially in high-traffic areas, from scratches and scuffs.

 

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6. They Tie the Room Together

A rug is absolutely one of our bedroom must-haves because, without it, a room can look unfinished. If you’ve ever walked into a bedroom with bare floors, you know the feeling. It can appear stark and scattered, as though the furniture is floating in the room. A rug is a perfect one-step formula for making any bedroom (or any room, really) look pulled together and calm, perfect for getting a good night’s sleep.

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Designers’ Picks – Our 5 Favorite Rugs Under $500

cheap rugsRugs are one of the most important elements in designing a room – they tie the space together, help reduce noise, and keep your feet cozy! But – spoiler alter – rugs can also be one of the most expensive items in your room (sometimes even more than a sofa).

And if you’ve ever googled “cheap rugs” you know how frustrating it is to find what seems like a great deal only to discover it’s 2 by 3 feet large! A $100 for a doormat? No thanks.

So what’s a style-savvy, price-conscious person to do? Luckily, we’re familiar with this conundrum and have a few tricks (or rugs) up our sleeves to help. We polled our Modsy Designers on their favorite cheap rugs under $500 and styled the most popular picks in our rug studio.

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Keep scrolling to see our five favorite rugs under $500 and shop your favorites in our rug studio! (Not sure how much you should spend on a rug? These 4 questions can help.)

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The Vintage Medallion Rug, $332

This classical rug from NuLoom features a traditional medallion pattern in a subtle shade of blue. The perfect statement piece, the larger 8×10 size will look great but won’t break the bank – yay for cheap rugs!

Made of polypropylene, our designers’ recommend this rug for low-traffic rooms, like a bedroom or formal living room. While it is stain resistant, these fibers absorb oil like crazy (polypropylene is actually used to help clean oil spills!) so it’s not a great choice for your dining room or any place prone to frequent spills!

And while it features a classic pattern, this rug actually works well in a myriad of styles! From mid-century modern to bohemian, don’t be afraid to try it in your space no matter what your style!

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The Paramount Rug, $238

Have a room in need of a design pick-me-up? This rug from our friends at Tanjore is sure to do the trick! The Southwestern-inspired pattern is ready to punch up any space, and the neutral hues make for easy pairing with most decor.

Try it with a leather sofa or layered over a jute rug to add texture to your space. The Paramount rug features a low pile making it easier to clean and helps it sit nicely under door ways. Also made of polypropylene, the Paramount is better suited for low traffic areas where you’ll get the most longevity out of it!

The Paramount measures in at 7’9″ x 11’2″, making it slightly longer and narrower than your standard rug. This is great if your space happens to be on the longer/narrower side, but might not be the best fit if you’re looking for a true 8′ x 10′ rug.

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The Herringbone Indigo Woven Cotten Rug, $438

This bestseller of a rug is not only a quality piece, but also one of our favorite cheap rugs! Made by our friends at Dash & Albert, the Herringbone Indigo rug is super durable making it a great fit for your high-traffic rooms.

If you’re looking to add a pop of style to your space, the herringbone pattern is a timeless choice that will look great for years to come. Don’t miss the fact that this rug is made form natural cotton and sports a flat-weave construction that’s easy to care for.

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The Leather Dressage Rug, $249

This handwoven rug from CB2 is truly a steal for the size and quality. If you’re looking for a piece that’s unique and interesting but not too much of a statement, the Leather Dressage rug is where it’s at.

Made from recycled leather, this rug is great a great way to add texture to your space and is another great choice for high-traffic rooms. Also suited for households with pets, the leather construction makes this rug extra durable!

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The Serapi Rug, $387

Another of our favorite cheap rugs from Tanjore, the Serapi features a traditional pattern rendered in eye-catching colors. The faded design give this rug a vintage feel (without the vintage price tag) that will add depth and character to your space.

The Serapi pairs beautifully with any interior, but we styled ours with a luxurious leather sofa for a traditional yet eclectic look.

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The Modsy Rug Shop – Our Designers Pick Their 5 Favorite Rugs

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‘Tis the season for hibernating! If you’re getting ready to hunker down and weather the weather, a ew cozy touches can go along way in readying your home for the season.

One of the best ways to instantly cozy-ify any room is with a rug. But with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult finding the perfect option for your space.

To help, we rounded up 5 of our Modsy Designers’ favorite rugs. Browse our Modsy Rug Shop to see the picks and log in and shop the Rug Studio to make them yours!

Modsy Rug ShopThe Vienna Rug

This Persian style rug is both timeless and beautiful, and is a perfect way to add a burst of elegance to any space.

Try it in your rustic, classic, or even traditional living room. It also works well in bedrooms, home offices, and even dining rooms!

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Modsy Rug ShopThe Kota Woven Rug

Featured in our Best Seller Design Studio as well as our Modsy x Chris Loves Julia collection, the Kota rug sports a trendy pattern that works in all kinds of rooms and design styles. A soft yet statement-making piece, the Kota offers a modern eclectic feel, with plush comfort for any room in the house.

Try it on in your living room, bedroom, hallway, or even playroom for an instant design pick-me-up!

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Modsy rug shopThe Seville Rug

One of our most-popular rugs, and the star of our homepage, this multi-colored beauty puts a unique twist on a traditional look. Try layering it over a natural fiber rug for some extra texture, or style it on its own.

Pair the Seville with eclectic or Mid-Century style interiors for a looks that’s sure to have all your friends asking where you got it.

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modsy rug shopThe Hampton Rug

What looks like a best-selling rug, but doesn’t dent your wallet like a best-selling rug? The Hampton! Featuring a timeless pattern and just enough texture, the Hampton makes itself right at home among all kinds of styles.

If your design style is rustic, classic, or even transitional, give the Hampton a go and watch your room tie itself together.

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The Nuuk Rug

Perfect for layering, especially for the fall and winter months, the Nuuk sheepskin rug comes in all shapes, sizes, and even a few colors.

This rug works with any style and in almost any space. Add it to your living room for extra cozy vibes! It’s also a great addition to nurseries, bedrooms and even home offices.

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