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Your Guide to Common Rug Styles (and Why We Love Them)

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We know—sometimes it’s hard to know what style rug to choose for your space. This definition of various styles helps you narrow your focus to find your perfect rug.

TRADITIONAL RUGS

Traditional rugs feature medallions, flower and vine motifs, and borders in rich colors like crimson, gold, and navy. These rugs originated in Persia and are typically made of wool, cotton, or silk.

Why We Love Them: Traditional rugs often come with elaborate borders that can help define seating and dining areas; they also have a way of bringing a classic look to a room.

 

DHURRIES

Dhurries are a type of flat-woven rug, and they’re generally very affordable. Dhurries feature symmetrical, geometric designs in a range of colors. They’re typically made in India of cotton, wool, jute, or silk.

Why We Love Them: Affordable and colorful, dhurries are our idea of an easy update with universal style that works in any space, such as a kids’ room (they’ll love the fun designs) or a home office. Plus, they’re reversible; simply flip them over if they start to show signs of wear.

 

KILIMS

Kilims are a type of flat-woven wool rug similar to dhurries, except they’re more tightly woven. They’re produced from the Balkans to Pakistan. Traditional styles typically have narrow stripes of blue, green, brownish yellow, and red, with very small geometric designs inside.

Why We Love Them: A kilim is perfect in a family room, kids’ room, or entryway where there’s a lot of foot traffic.

 

NATURAL-FIBER RUGS

These rugs are richly textured and durable. Some styles have a cotton border; others are woven with a geometric design. Common natural fibers include jute (from India), sisal (harvested in Africa), and sea grass, a tall durable plant found near wetlands.

Why We Love Them: These durable, go-with-anything styles are great for spaces like the sunroom or as relaxed foundations in a casual living room or entry.

 

OVERDYED RUGS

Overdyed rugs are known for their bright vivid colors. Some are made by taking a vintage rug and dying over the design in a richly saturated color. Another type reproduces the antique overdyed look using new materials.

Why We Love Them: Solid-color styles like these open up smaller spaces, making them look larger, more lively, and welcoming.

 

IKAT RUGS

Ikat is a textile-dying technique that originated in Indonesia. To create an ikat pattern, yarns are dyed before weaving in a process called resist dyeing, similar to tie-dye and batik. Ikat rugs recreate the traditional prints using a range of materials, from wool to colorfast polypropylene.

Why We Love Them: Ikat rugs are perfect for adding a global look to a bedroom or for bringing a touch of the exotic to a living room.

 

MOROCCAN RUGS

Moroccan rugs are typically made of wool or cotton. They originated, not surprisingly, in Morocco, where shaggy high-pile rugs kept mountain dwellers warm; cooler, lightweight styles were used in desert environments.

Why We Love Them: Fluffy Moroccan rugs lend an exotic look and a plush feel to living areas and bedrooms.

For More About Rugs, Check Out…

Rug Sizes: A Room-by-Room Guide

What Rug Material Is Right for Your Home?

Rug Pile: The 5 Things You Need to Know

Why You Need a Rug Pad

Rug Constructions: What’s the Difference?

Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Your Rug

 

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