Area Rugs

Area Rugs Guide

A rug is a textile floor covering typically consisting of an upper layer of pile attached to a backing. The pile was traditionally made from wool, but, since the 20th century, synthetic fibers such as polypropylene , nylon or polyester are often used, as these fibers are less expensive than wool. The pile usually consists of twisted tufts which are typically heat-treated to maintain their structure. The term "rug" is often used interchangeably with the term "carpet", although the term "carpet" can be applied to a floor covering that covers an entire house, whereas a "rug" is generally no bigger than a single room, and traditionally does not even span from one wall to another, and is typically not even attached as part of the floor.

Area Rugs can be produced on a loom quite similar to woven fabric, made using needle felts, knotted by hand (in oriental rugs), made with their pile injected into a backing material (called tufting), flatwoven, made by hooking wool or cotton through the meshes of a sturdy fabric or embroidered. Carpet is commonly made in widths of 12 feet (3.7 m) and 15 feet (4.6 m) in the USA, 4 m and 5 m in Europe. Since the 20th century, where necessary for wall-to-wall carpet, different widths of carpet can be seamed together with a seaming iron and seam tape (formerly it was sewn together) and fixed to a floor over a cushioned underlay (pad) using nails, tack strips (known in the UK as gripper rods), adhesives, or occasionally decorative metal stair rods. Wall-to-wall carpet is distinguished from rugs or mats, which are loose-laid floor coverings, as wall-to-wall carpet is fixed to the floor and covers a much larger area.

Area Rugs

Top 9 Types of Area Rugs


Modern / Contemporary Rugs

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Modern / Contemporary Rugs

Today, hand or machine made pile rugs in graphic, contemporary designs are produced. Although those by 'name' designers and one-offs commissioned for hand-weavers are obviously expensive, cheaper massed produced versions can be very reasonable.

See our collection modern / contemporary rugs brands like Kathy Ireland™ Rugs, Masland Rugs, Nourison Area Rugs, Karastan Rugs, Couristan Rugs, and more... Click below to see our whole selection of modern / contemporary rugs brands!

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Natural Fiber Rugs

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Natural Fiber Rugs



See our collection natural fiber rugs brands like Couristan Rugs, Godfrey Hirst Carpets, Fibreworks® Rugs, Momeni Rugs, Surya Rugs, and more... Click below to see our whole selection of natural fiber rugs brands!

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Custom Rugs

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Custom Rugs

Custom rugs are becoming increasingly popular. Usually, a high quality velvet pile carpeting is cut in various shapes and forms and pieced together to form an overall design. Use any variety of colors or pattern to mix or match with your room's theme.

See our collection custom rugs brands like Shaw Rugs, Masland Rugs, Fabrica Rugs, Kalaty Rug, Anderson Tuftex Rugs, and more... Click below to see our whole selection of custom rugs brands!

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Rug Runners

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Rug Runners



See our collection rug runners brands like Nourison Area Rugs, Karastan Rugs, Couristan Rugs, Stanton Rugs, Momeni Rugs, and more... Click below to see our whole selection of rug runners brands!

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Hand-Made Rugs

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Hand-Made Rugs

Knotting by hand is most prevalent in oriental rugs and carpets. Kashmir carpets are also hand-knotted. Pile carpets, like flat carpets, can be woven on a loom.

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Traditional Rugs

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Traditional Rugs



See our collection traditional rugs brands like Masland Rugs, Nourison Area Rugs, Karastan Rugs, Couristan Rugs, Capel Rugs, and more... Click below to see our whole selection of traditional rugs brands!

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Antique Rugs (Genuine)

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Antique Rugs (Genuine)

Antique rugs are worth considering and are available in many beautiful designs and styles for you to look at. Within this section we focus on two of the most popular types of antique rug: the Aubusson rugs and the Persian rugs.

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Transitional Rugs

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Transitional Rugs



See our collection transitional rugs brands like Nourison Area Rugs, Karastan Rugs, Couristan Rugs, Capel Rugs, Mohawk Area Rugs, and more... Click below to see our whole selection of transitional rugs brands!

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Casual Rugs

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Casual Rugs

Casual area rugs are meant to be casual and are easily incorporated into your decor. Casual area rugs make great rugs for living rooms of all types, and can be used as rugs for bedrooms to add a touch of comfort.

See our collection casual rugs brands like Karastan Rugs, Capel Rugs, Mohawk Area Rugs, Safavieh Rugs, United Weavers , and more... Click below to see our whole selection of casual rugs brands!

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Featured Brands

The Best 10 Area Rugs Brands


Kathy Ireland™ Rugs
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Kathy Ireland™ Rugs

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Kathy Ireland's rugs are beautiful, durable, machine-crafted of plush 100% polypropylene in a Wilton woven construction inspired by her travels all over the world. Learn More

Masland Area Rugs
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Masland Area Rugs

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We have covered all the bases with the standard collection of rugs: Traditional, Transitional, Organic, Whimsical and Textural. Each pattern comes in a variety of colors that are extremely versatile in the home today. Learn More

Nourison Area Rug
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Nourison Area Rug

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Nourison offers a comprehensive range of area rugs in every imaginable style, color, pattern and construction. Choose from traditional, transitional, or contemporary styles in designs that match any decorating preference. Learn More

Milliken Rugs
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Milliken Rugs

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Our rich history of innovation, combined with our vast commercial and residential experience, has resulted in the most varied collection of patterned rugs available. You can count on Milliken rugs to add beauty and style to your home. Learn More

Karastan Area Rugs
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Karastan Area Rugs

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Every Karastan rug is made of the finest natural and man-made fibers available. Most are 100% premium worsted wool, which is surprisingly easy to care for and clean. Learn More

Couristan Area Rugs
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Couristan Area Rugs

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Couristan area rugs are a superb way to make a grandiose impression on any room. The warm, snug colors showcased on each design transform any room-setting of your home into a truly inviting environment. Each piece ensures quality, durability and lasting beauty. Learn More

Capel Area Rugs
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Capel Area Rugs

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A classic tale of intrigue unfolds from detail-dense Kinsley. Redolent with flowers, missing maharanis, escaping elephants and stolen rubies emerge with exuberant flourishes. Made by master weavers in India, this area rug collection lays claim to pure virgin wool. Learn More

Mohawk Area Rugs
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Mohawk Area Rugs

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A multicolored medley of whimsical critters meet in the playful design of Mohawk. Saturated shades of tan, blue, green, brown, red, orange, cream and purple combine in this contemporary and colorful kid friendly style. Learn More

Fabrica Area Rugs
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Fabrica Area Rugs

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Patterns that are sophisticated and balanced in clean and fresh yet common color combinations. All of this is put together on very sturdy hand-knotted construction. Learn More

Stanton Rugs
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Stanton Rugs

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Stanton Rug's predominantly wool product line features high quality, designer-driven patterns and styles. Stanton produces a number of decorative, high-quality, specialty collections of needlepoint Wiltons and decorative patterns in nylons spanning from residential to medium commercial applications. Learn More

Area Rugs Videos

The Top 10 Area Rugs Videos


Trans Ocean Area Rugs
Trans Ocean Area Rugs

Dash And Albert Rug Construction
Get a glimpse into the labor of love that goes into the construction of each and every one of our rugs.

Loloi Presents: The Making of Magnolia Rugs
Exploring the artisanship behind every Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines rugs.

The Colors of Spring - Safavieh Rugs at Vegas Market
Ashley Yaraghi, lead designer at Safavieh DIY Decor, takes us on a tour of Safavieh's newest area rugs at Las Vegas Market 2017. Watch and see why 2017 is all about color, color and more fashionably fabulous colors. See the full line of Safavieh area rugs at http://safavieh.com/rug-catlog.

CHANDRA
This video reveals the human spirit behind our brand and its products. In this example, the production of a hand-tufted rug. We shot this on location at our main production facility in Indi

Delos Manufacturing Video
Delos takes the viewer on an in depth look at their full manufacturing process.

Breeze from Orian Rugs
Breeze is quickly going to become your favorite purchase. The perfect blend of natural tones in gray, beige, blue and ivory make it an easy addition to most spaces in your home. It also has durable backing to allow you to enjoy it.

Sounds of Finishing
Sounds of Finishing

HC - The Haute Couture Collection
HAUTE COUTURE IS A PROGRAM CREATED IN THE TRADITION OF CARPETS AND RUGS WITH A JACQUARD DESIGN BUT USING A MODERN AND REJUVENATED TECHNIQUE THAT GIVES OUR TEXTILE A NEW ENERGY AND A GREAT SEDUCTION. JUST AS IN FASHION, WHERE CLOTHING IS CREATED TO SEDUCE AND PLEASE, “HAUTE COUTURE” WILL BECOME THE TREND OF HOME INTERIOR TEXTILE DESIGN. HAUTE COUTURE WAS DESIGNED TO DRESS THE FLOOR OF EACH INTERIOR ROOM OF APARTMENTS, HOUSES, OFFICES, AND WHY NOT, AIRPLANES, TRAINS AND BOATS ON THE WAY TO UNEXPECTED PLACES. HAUTE COUTURE COMES IN THREE DISTINCT FAMILIES, EACH MEETING THE MOST STRINGENT CRITERIA OF WEAR.

Thorndike factory tour
Here is a video showing how braided rugs are made. Thorndike mills produces premium braided rugs in New England with all US made materials.

The Art of Area Rug Making by Feizy Rugs
The Art of Area Rug Making by Feizy Rugs, The Art of Area Rug Making by Feizy Rugs

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Balta Home "New Generation Rugs"
Balta Home "New Generation Rugs"

Capel Rugs and Genevieve Gorder Making Great Rugs Together, Still
Capel Rugs partners with Genevieve Gorder to bring a host of patterns and textures to life in enduring rugs for every lifestyle and budget.

Masland rug overview
An overview of the cut and bind rug business from Masland.

Easton Collection- Capella/Ivory-Light Grey
100% Heat-Set Courtron Ultra-Fine Polypropylene Face-to-Face Wilton Woven Designs are Created Using a Multi-Point and Loom-Carved Technique Soft Luxurious Finish In Excess of a Million Points of Yarn Per Square Meter Pile Height: .35" Power-Loomed in Belgium

Colonial Mills – Making Their Mark WJAR10
Colonial Mills – Making Their Mark WJAR10

Karastan Carpet History - Defining Quality Craftsmanship
The Karastan brand represents much more than flooring! Beginning at 2:02 pm on April 28, 1998, we walk you through the rich history of quality craftsmanship and innovation that is Karastan.

KAS Rugs Marketing Video
KAS Rugs Marketing Video

Mohawk Rugs: Designed for the Spaces You Live & Play Most
Are you looking for an area rug that is just right for your family? Mohawk has thousands of stylish, durable and easy-to-clean area rugs designed for the spaces you live and play most. Explore Mohawk's Wear-Dated, EverStrand and SmartStrand fibers and find the right style for you!

Care and Cleaning Tips for Your Area Rug
Rescue Renovation's interior designer Michelle Barbossa tells The Modern Rug Store clients how to care for their area rugs. Proper care of a rug will extend its life. Vacuum, rotate, and spot-clean your area rug as needed to maximize the return on your decorating investment.

Area Rugs News

Latest Area Rugs News

Designing With Rugs
...k – with a splash of color and warmth. An area rug with a bold, overall design can be the focal point of a room with a chair and sofa in solid or subdued patterns. Light colored area rugs make a room look more spacious and deeper colors lend coziness to a room. Choose an area rug that will perform well, with the right combination of density and fiber. The denser th...
Rugs 101
...right shape and proper size for your room must also be considered before purchasing. Use this handy guide to learn more about design and construction, as well as tips on selecting and caring for your area rugs. Basic Design Tips Rugs help create a mood for your room. For example, a lighter shade of area rug can open up and brighten a space while darker shades tend...
Area Rugs
...ntire house, whereas a "rug" is generally no bigger than a single room, and traditionally does not even span from one wall to another, and is typically not even attached as part of the floor. Area Rugs can be produced on a loom quite similar to woven fabric, made using needle felts, knotted by hand (in oriental rugs), made with their pile injected into a backing material (called tufting), ...
Throw / Scatter Rugs
...Throw rugs have been around for decades. Call them what you please ... area rugs, throw rugs, scatter rugs ... there's a vast assortment available from every part of the world. The term "rug" generally applies to a handmade piece, while the term carpet refers to goods made by machine. Buy wall-to-wall carpeting and have it cut to any size, add borders, and have the edges bound. Or select from a...
Flokatis
...Flokati rugs are Greek hand-woven area rugs made from 100-percent wool that are almost always a natural, off-white color. They have been produced for centuries and were a staple of early Greek shepherds. The rugs originally serviced the shepherds, being used as clothing, beds for tents, keeping them warm during the long winter months. The 5th century Vlachs, who lived in Samarina, the highest V...
Wool Rugs
...You will find that wool area rugs differ greatly in terms of their quality and price. This is due to a number of variable factors, but primarily it is simply down to the many different varieties of sheep’s wool that can be used in the production of these rugs. Not only can the wool vary depending on its breed and country of origin, but its age and general health will also help to determine how ...
Antique Rugs (Genuine)
... serve the same purposes as an original. Prices vary per manufacturer, and differences in quality can be experienced. Through the many technological advances that have been made in the manufacture of area rugs today, much can and is being accomplished in design and creativity. Because of this welcome trend, reproductions have gained in popularity and have gradually become more affordable, making t...
Accent Rugs
...de just the right ambience needed for that special room and can be a fun and convenient method of reinventing a particular place in your home. They have the tendency to be less monotonous than larger area rugs, and can be customized to blend together existing colors and hues found in other areas of the room. If you find one that you really like, it is easy to build a room’s color scheme around it....