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Colorful Rug Round Up

April 26, 2012

I’ve been thinking about rugs a lot lately because I want a few for my home so I’ve been on the prowl… What’s currently on your wish list of things you’d love to add to your nest? For me, it’s a dresser for my bedroom, end tables, wallpaper for my bedroom and two rugs. Rugs add an important layer to a room. They can define a space, add comfort, bring in color or pattern (or both!), provide warmth, add texture, they can even be a focal point. Throw rugs are also very easy to relocate to other rooms. I recently got tired of seeing one of my rugs in my bedroom so I moved it to the entryway. In a few minutes, my entryway was transformed simply by “shopping” from another room.

Colorful Rug Round Up

I want to return soon to Istanbul because I love the rugs that I find there. I also adore the more modern and graphic patterns that you see by American designers like Madeline Weinrib (huge fan) and Jonathan Adler. Here are some rooms with very smart and grown up rugs…

Colorful Rug Round Up

Colorful Rug Round Up

Colorful Rug Round Up

Colorful Rug Round Up

The room shots shown above are from the lovely Lonny magazine, a mag that always seem to have rooms with the best rugs – have you noticed that? It seems all of the Lonny homes ooze with layered rooms with throw rugs being a must-have element for every room in the home.

I am loving these rugs as seen on the blog, Identical Eye. Wow, right?

Colorful Rug Round Up

If you tend to like rugs that are a bit more bold, floral and colorful, seek out Amy Butler rugs. Aren’t these pretty?

Colorful Rug Round Up

Do you fancy vintage rugs? Try Loom for these over-dyed vintage rugs. I have two that I bought in Turkey and LOVE them.

Colorful Rug Round Up

If all of this rug talk has you inspired, I’ve rounded up 8 lovely rugs from One Kings Lane that I like though this comes with a warning, I can’t actually afford any of them though perhaps you can so have a peek.

Colorful Rug Round Up

1. Arizona 2. Nico 3. Brayden 4. Raymond.

Colorful Rug Round Up

5. Hudson 6. Bennett 7. Sawyer 8. Max.

Another rug suggestion is to shop Anthropologie because they always have a beautifully curated selection.

Colorful Rug Round Up

If those beauties are a bit out of your budget, opt for West Elm rugs – they’re gorgeous and a bit lower in price. Check these out…

Colorful Rug Round Up

Colorful Rug Round Up

Colorful Rug Round Up

Another more budget option is to check out Urban Outfitters. See any below that you fancy? You can find them all online here.

Colorful Rug Round Up

Or if you are REALLY on a tight budget (or not because it’s great for ANY home) here is one rug that I keep going back to time and time again. It’s this one from IKEA. I owned it once and want to buy another eventually… I see it in so many great rooms – it’s a real favorite of mine.

With so many choices out there – where do you usually shop for rugs? Any secret sources?

(images: one kings road and lonny mag)

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  • Reply Giulia April 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Ah, rugs! It took me 2.5 years to find one for my living room that I like, was the right size and I could afford and I wanted it to be 100% natural materials. I’m so happy now that I have it, it really makes a difference in the room – although I did like seeing our nice hardwood, but we still get to see a lot of that between the rug and the connected dining room.

  • Reply Ashley {GirlyObsessions} April 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I love this rug roundup! I was on the hunt for the perfect rug for a LONG time. So many options to sort though but really hard to find the perfect one. We needed something practical and not overly expensive because we have two dogs that have been known to have accidents. So wool was not an option. We got the Olin rug from Crate & Barrel. At the time it only came in black stripes, but now comes in gray and brown. I think I need more of them actually, that’s how much I love it!×3%27-rug/s453989

  • Reply Michi April 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm is great for beautiful traditional rugs in the more affordable range. They have a lot of variety! Great service too. The hardest part is picking just one!

  • Reply A.R. Cruz April 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love your article on rugs, I didn’t know what I should choose for the type of contemporary casual style room I have as decor in the home. After reading this article I like the ikea rug that has a variety of blue designs. My room has a monochromatic style with hard wood floors but furniture and walls being blue.

  • Reply Greta April 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’m on the look out for rugs so this is really helpful!

  • Reply Bonnie McCarthy April 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Love this rug post!! I am currently in the process of agonizing over couch fabrics and have been trying to factor in possible rug decisions as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen April 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    OMG – Amy butler rugs – just lovely! But I also like the over dyed rugs you show as well…..I’m in an apartment for the next six months but I may have to get a rug to take home!!!

  • Reply Flora April 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I recently discovered a *beautiful* rug hack – get yourself some hessian {incredibly cheap} and sew fabric on to it or cut fabric strips about 1″ x 3″ or use ribbon and weave through the open weave of the hessian using a big eyed needle {like a knitter’s sewing needle for example} no need to tie, the hessian grips the fabric. Rugs are so expensive and this hack makes them super-cheap!

  • Reply Vanessa April 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Holly, I am a huge lover of rugs – and am always on the prowl. I fell in love with a beautiful rug from Turkey once, that was 12,000 amercian dollars, of course, I did not buy it. But I think about it all the time, and I have a photo to fill my heart.

    I have some lovely Anthropologie rugs, some antique rugs, kilim etc… but I have to tell you the funniest story. Several weeks ago I was on the Urban Outfitters site (my sister told me I had to peek at the home goods), and it was really my first time shopping Urban since college.

    I came upon some really beautiful rugs that were priced so low, I couldn’t believe it. I was gobsmacked really.

    I thought, “they must not be very nice in person, at those crazy low prices.”

    Plus shipping was free in the US.

    Soooo, I ordered several rugs, from $18 – $69 thinking they would be for high traffic areas, not life long keepers. And, can I just say…… They are surprisingly wonderful. Keepers for sure.

    They were smelly for a few days (manufacturing smells of some kind.) But, properly aired out, they were incredibly lovely.

    I am most smitten with this one I have linked below. I ordered it with the pink border, instead of the orange tone one. It seriously impressed me when it arrived, as it is lovely. 4′ x 6′ for $64. I am still in shock at the pricing, plus free shipping.

    Who knew? I also picked up a few floral ones, and some sale ones. I will now stalk Urban for rugs.

  • Reply Ría April 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    So much color! I love it.

  • Reply lebenslustiger April 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Loving those rugs – I actually use one for my Yoga, that I got under a starry sky in the Moroccan desert. I love being surrounded by things connected with sweet memories.

  • Reply The Glamorous Housewife April 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm has the BEST rugs! Of course many are ugly but you can easily find some real gems and they are inexpensive. All but one of my rugs are from

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  • Reply viv April 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Wow… so many beautiful rugs! I have two from Urban Outfitters and they work really well, but since I moved I am using them inside my closets now and I got me some rug tiles from for my livingroom and entrance hall, they are pretty good and easy to keep it clean.

  • Reply Lindsay April 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    ive been reading all about rugs today! i’ve seen a lot of people who have taken plain colored rugs, bought a stencil, and painted their own designs and patterns onto them! such an easy, inexpensive, and customized way to spruce up your house! rugs are a great way to add some color to a space.

  • Reply Yna April 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Oh, if only I could convince Mr. H.! There are so many great rugs. And I really need a new one ;-) (carpet, of course) I like the washed-out rugs, great.
    Thanks for sharing them.

  • Reply Karen April 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    This is such a fun post, Holly! Gorgeous eye-candy and I love how you describe what rugs can do for room — so true. At the same time, I get paralyzed trying to pick them — this is great inspiration for my “file!”

  • Reply aneyefordetail April 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Holly: Wish I had known you were doing this post! Come visit our store,
    We opened it last fall, importing all handmade rugs from Provence. Very colorful indeed! We ship to anywhere in the U.S.: a unique alternative to the larger store brands!

  • Reply Heather B April 27, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I would like to know why my favorites are invariably the most expensive. Apparently my sixth sense is sensing expensive.

  • Reply Maria @ All Things Luxurious April 27, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Love this post! Thanks for the fabulous rug love today! ;-)

  • Reply Samira April 27, 2012 at 4:20 am

    wow!! i love them!! so inspiring!!!

  • Reply robin April 27, 2012 at 4:54 am

    lovely rug roundup!

  • Reply Krizza April 27, 2012 at 7:48 am

    These rugs are durable, easy on the feet and make cozy bases for pet beds and soft play areas.

  • Reply taylor martin April 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

    amazing use of rugs .. the textures!! they’re brilliant!

  • Reply fai April 27, 2012 at 10:56 am

    thank you for posting these. i’m looking for the perfect rug just in time for spring. love anthropologie so far!

  • Reply Laura Trevey April 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I would love to have a zebra rug ~ so chic!!

  • Reply Lindsay at Bliss & Whimsy April 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I have been searching for new rugs too. The one in our living room is a gorgeous old Persian with lots of reds and lots of character, but it’s also had lots of crazy children living on it for the last eight years, so it’s seen better days. Love all the rugs you shared… the blues and turquoises are especially calling my name. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lisa April 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I like the idea of “shopping” from another room… it is so easy to make things look new when you mix them up and move them around. Thanks for the inspiring rug picks!

  • Reply Bobbi April 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I would love to have a beautiful rug, but my cat would just pee on it and then I would be sad:(

  • Reply pixie April 28, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I just found my rug and I love it, a pretty sky blue with ivory trellis design from One Kings Lane but now my dilemma is window coverings. I currently don’t have curtains just white blinds. I would love to be able to mix and layer patterns, thus having the patterned rug and curtains, like I see everywhere but I don’t think I have that skill. So, I’m at a standstill…. lol.

  • Reply Amberly April 28, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Loving that colorful kilim in the fifth photo! One of my favorite possessions is a very colorful Scandinavian kilim I found at an estate sale a couple of years ago – a great place to find rugs. I love how they can have such an impact in a room. Great post and happy weekend!

  • Reply Desha April 28, 2012 at 3:40 am

    This is a timely post. I’m looking for a rug for my duaghter’s room after taking out the HIDEOUS green carpet- yeah!
    Just saw an AMAZING Ikea rug at a friend’s house- $60, but like 10 yrs ago. Looks like those Turkish rugs you mention.
    You’ve got lots of great choices here, I like the ones by Loom and Identical Eye ALOT! Nice to have some budget friendly options, I’m going to check out the Urban ones. Anthro often has good sales on rugs I’ve noticed. My dream is to go to Istanbul for rug shopping and so much more, so please make it a trip with your decor8 fans (I’ll start saving :)

  • Reply Patti Trostle April 28, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Love this rug roundup post. The perfect rug really makes the room in my opinion. Great collection of rugs here!

  • Reply Tara April 28, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Please do a piece on wallpaper. I too am looking & am on a budget. Doing an entry wall soon. Help!

  • Reply Tracy A. April 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Gorgeous rugs, but what I really love is the round coffee table with the turquoise top – heavenly!

  • Reply Michelle April 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    These rugs are real piece of art. The designs & colors are mind blowing. So far I loved those from Amy Butler. Any idea how much will they cost?
    Thanks for such an informative post

  • Reply Chrystina April 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I’m impressed by the collection you put together. When I move into my new apartment/house/condo/TBD, I’m probably going to come back to this post. Thanks!!

  • Reply Janelle April 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for a great piece on rugs. I’m looking to get one for the living room and one for the bedroom. I’m always worried about scale though. Do you have any advice on how much bigger than a bed it should be or for couches, do the front two legs need to sit on the rug? Thanks!

  • Reply Qué Acierto April 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    So many ideas. Great inspiration.

  • Reply gudy herder April 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Dear Holly, Paola Navone has been doing a beautiful collection for Kasthall you might like. Have a look at their site (! xx Gudy

  • Reply christine April 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Those rugs from Turkey…TO DIE FOR.

  • Reply Qué Acierto May 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I love rugs. They create anywhere in the house a cozy atmosphere, especially in winter. I’m always arguing with my husband on this subject, he doesn´t like at all, said rugs are a nest of dirt … I dream of a good Persian rug, as in the movie Saudi Louren.

  • Reply luis Moore October 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    So much color! I love it.The rugs and the tables they are just amazing.

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