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We don’t know about you, but here at Chairish HQ, we consider being “grounded for life” a very good thing—at least when it comes to area rugs. It’s no secret that rugs are one of the most important elements in the room. Designers routinely swear by building rooms around an area rug, especially when a room is spacious enough to require a large area rug (by which we mean area rugs of the 9x 12 and 8 x 10 variety). More and more, living room area rugs aren’t the only varieties designers and homeowners are hunting down, either. Increasingly, area rugs are cropping up in unexpected places like kitchens and bathrooms. Outdoor area rugs are also increasing in popularity by leaps and bounds.

This is all to say that the average design enthusiast is likely to purchase more rugs than ever during their lifetime, and there’s never been a more apt time to learn about the wide range of small and large area rugs that are available. Whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, a traditionalist or a modernist, there’s a bevy of area rugs available to fit the bill. To help you find your literal sole mate, we’re breaking down some of the most commonly searched for rugs, including traditional area rugs, geometric area rugs, and more.

Traditional Area Rugs

When most of us think of traditional living room area rugs, we picture ornately patterned carpets in rich, bottomless hues. Historically, these hulking rugs have been categorized as Oriental rugs, a term meant to encapsulate all hand-knitted rugs deriving from Asia, including Iran, China, India, and Turkey. Rugs hailing from Iran are known as Persian rugs and they may be the most sought-after of all traditional rugs. Persian area rugs are generally large in size (traditionalists who are looking for an 8 x 10 or a 9 x 12 area rug—take note) and take months to weave by hand. Persian rugs typically display classic motifs, including crosses, combs, lotuses, husks, and flowers. While many consider Persian rugs to be predominantly red, they come in an array of colors including blue, brown, beige, and gold. Even those rugs that initially seem red often have dozens of complementary colors woven in.

Thanks to their scroll-like designs, traditional Oriental rugs pair effortlessly with classic design elements like English roll-arm sofas, cabriole leg chests and tables, Bergere chairs, and chesterfield sofas. For those who are hesitant to apply such a spirited pattern to the floor, consider choosing a rug with an accent color you’d like to repeat in your room’s design. For instance, a hint of rust or cornflower blue can be used for upholstery elsewhere in the room and instantly introduce a sense of visual cohesion.

Geometric Modern Area Rugs

Nothing lays down the grid work for a fabulous room like a geometric modern area rug. Contrary to what you might think, geometric area rugs aren’t just for those seeking contemporary style, either. Vintage flat-weave rugs hailing from Turkey and Morocco offer up bold stripes or other simplistic patterns in attention-grabbing colors. Since flat-weave area rugs are thin and light (and in most cases, reversible), they’re ideal for anyone on the prowl for a washable area rug. The only drawback to vintage geometric flat-weave rugs is that they lack the plushness of more traditionally hand-knotted wool rugs.

If you crave something stylistically simple with more cushion and a bit more of a luxe factor, you may want to consider newly-made area rugs from makers like Stark. Stark specializes in hand-knotted and hand-woven modern area rugs. Their carpets typically feature minimalist designs such as Greek key patterns, chevrons, trellises, or other interlocking geometrics. Stark rugs take on an especially prolific effect when rendered in large area rug sizes (think: 9 x 12 and 8 x 10 area rugs). Their subtly repetitive patterns mimic the look of more permanent flooring choices, such as tile or stone.

Natural Fiber Area Rugs

Whether you crave no-nonsense durability or an area rug that’s basically no-fail when it comes to mixing and matching with palettes and patterns, a natural fiber area rug is sure to fit the bill. Composed of naturally harvested materials like jute, sisal, and seagrass, natural fiber rugs come in a wide array of tans, beiges, and browns making them easy to merge with virtually any interior style. Since many are woven or braided, they also possess a unique textural appeal. More rustic rugs will showcase a chunky weft perfect for outfitting a room with a casual air, while on the other end of the spectrum, more refined rugs will come equipped with tightly woven surfaces. Depending on the craft that goes into the rug, these more tightly woven rugs can showcase unique patterns like herringbones, diamonds, or squares.

Those looking for a cost-effective 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 rug, may also want to familiarize themselves with natural fiber rugs. Oftentimes, these large area rugs will retail for hundreds less than wool rugs of equal size. Jute and sisal can also be a pinch hitter in the event you find a traditional or modern area rug that is too small for your room. Layer your smaller area rug over a sisal 9 x 12 or 8 x 10 rug and you’ll procure a unique designer-looking set-up in seconds. This also works wonders for a hide rug that might not be large enough to carry a living room.