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THE SEARCH FOR YOUR FOREVER RUG STARTS HERE

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“A rug can be a statement piece or a quiet companion, subtly pulling a room together,” says Susanna Joicey-Cecil, marketing director at the Rug Company.

1. South Ridge Teal. By Martyn Lawrence Bullard. From $3,792. therugcompany.com.

2. Aura Silk. From $5,400. abchome.com.

3. Palazzo in Saffron. meridastudio.com.

4. Bindi Punch Wool. From $1,000. dearkeaton.com.

5. Elliot. By Marika Meyer. galleriacarpets.com.

6. Vintage Turkish. revivalrugs.com.

7. Mandala. By Sonnhild Kestler. $3,000. maharam.com.

8. Fluxus Granite. starkcarpet.com.

9. Gabbeh Collection. By Safavieh. From $47. amazon.com.

10. Lounah Flatweave. From $89. aelfie.com.

11. Granada. Hand-knotted jute. $2,800. maleneb.com.

Most rugs are available in multiple sizes. Rugs without prices are available through a designer.

(STYLIST: ROBERT RUFINO. PRODUCER: CARISHA SWANSON)

IT IS UNQUESTIONABLY “ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTant design decisions you can make,” says designer Timothy Whealon. “Rugs take up most of the visual space in a room, so choose a design you love and materials that work for your lifestyle.” A natural fiber like jute will give the room a tropical look, but it stains easily—so not ideal for the klutzy among us. Outdoor rugs, on the other hand, are nearly indestructible; use one indoors if you’ve got kids or messy pets. Make an informed decision when you buy a rug and it’ll be an investment, adding warmth, muffling the sound of footsteps, and protecting your floors. Not to mention keeping the room from looking naked! Just don’t leave buying one to the last minute. “Ideally, the rug would be the first thing you purchase for a space,” says Sylvie Johnson, artistic director at Merida, “so you can build the rest of the room around its color and shape.”

For his Provincetown, Massachusetts, home, designer Ray Booth chose an area rug that filled the whole living room. “When in doubt, go big,” says Missy Strear, design director at Scott Group Studio. “A larger rug will ground the furniture.”

So What Size Do You Really Need?

Cyrus Loloi of Loloi Rugs explains how to make sure your rug fits just right.

Dining Rooms

Your chairs should sit comfortably on the rug, even when you pull them out to sit down. Choose one that’s roomy enough and center it under the table.

Living Rooms

Three options: Choose a rug large enough to fit all the furniture on top of it, or just the front legs of the furniture, or float a small rug about six inches in front of the sofa (the least expensive route).

Bedrooms

Lay the rug perpendicular to the bed and pull it part of the way under, stopping before your side tables. (Or, says designer Annie Selke, use a runner on either side of the bed instead!)

The pattern on Timothy Whealon’s La Foce rug for Patterson Flynn Martin was inspired by sculpted garden hedges.

TERRIFIED OF SPILLS AND STAINS?

With a machine-washable rug, clean-up is as easy as doing the laundry. Ask brands you love if they carry any, or check out Lorena Canals, which specializes in handmade cotton rugs designed to go right into the wash. lorenacanals.us.

DESIGNER TRICK

If your space is a wonky shape but going custom isn’t in the budget: “Some rugs can be cut down, shaped, and fit on-site by an installer,” says Kyle Corey, VP of floor coverings for Kravet.

Material Matters

Natural-fiber rugs, like these by Patterson Flynn Martin, are more durable and softer than synthetic. But they’re not all the same.

WOOL

Pros: The best all around. Scales on the fibers hide dirt, it cleans easily, and is naturally fire-retardant, says Corey. Con: Can be expensive.

SISAL

Pros: Along with its beautifully beachy look, sisal is strong enough to hold up to wear and tear in high-traffic rooms. Con: Absorbs liquid, making it hard to clean.

SILK

Pros: Shiny, sumptuous, and shows detail. As the strongest naturally occurring fiber, it’s also long-lasting. Con: Hard to clean, so place it where spills are unlikely.

COTTON

Pros: It’s soft, affordable, and easy to clean (it will absorb liquid though, so treat spills fast!). Great for casual spaces. Con: Doesn’t wear very well over time.

Revival Rugs sells vintage Turkish rugs direct to the consumer, so you get them at a lower price. (STUART TYSON;)

What About Vintage?

“A good vintage rug conveys history and value,” says Hayes Robinson, VP of product development for Stark. They’re between 20 and 100 years old (to be called “antique,” a rug has to be at least a century old), so imperfections are part of the deal, says designer Malene Barnett, who recommends embracing a little wear and tear when you shop.

LEARN THE LINGO

Pile

The density of a rug’s fibers. Pile height refers to the rug’s thickness.

Flatweave

Reversible! Vertical yarns (the warp) are woven or braided through horizontal yarns (the weft).

Knotted

Each yarn is individually tied. These are the most labor-intensive and durable (and expensive).

Tufted

Individual yarns are pulled through the rug’s backing, then sheared. More affordable than knotted.

A Good Rug Pad Can Change Your Life. Period.

Simply using one means you’ll actually extend the life of your rug—it keeps the fibers from being crushed, says Johnson. But skip those cheap, rubbery webbed ones and pick a felted version, which adds extra cushion and locks the rug to the floor for safety. Dash & Albert Floor-Lock Solid Rug Pad. From $40. annieselke.com.

ILLUSTRATIONS: NICHOLAS SLATER.SIMON UPTON; DESIGN BY RAY BOOTH/McALPINE.. WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ; IBRAHIM Ö; ZBUNAR AND SINAN CIRAK;. STYLIST: SINEM UYSAL, COURTESY OF REVIVAL RUGS; COURTESY OF ANNIE SELKE

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