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What’s the Best Rug Under $500?

Nothing here is over $500.

A rug brings new life to a room, pulling all its disparate edges together, while adding that necessary touch of coziness that makes your home feel lived in. It’s something to gather around, and on, and rub your toes into. And it’s also a great way to add a pop of surprising color into an otherwise neutral space. But buying a rug doesn’t need to feel like splurging for a couch (even though we’ve found the best affordable ones of those, too). So we’ve asked a few designers to tip us off on the best rugs under $500, and we ended up with a bunch under $250 too.

“I love the subtle fading on this rug — it’s been vintage-washed and worn to achieve the super-trendy antique effect. Such a great way to get the vintage look for less.” — Nidhi Kapur, CEO and founder, Maiden Home

“This rug looks like it came right out of Westworld. It’s awesome in a Western kind of way (not in a humanoid way, duh). I love the colors — that bold red-and-black combo with the yellow-and-blue tints is captivating. You’ll find yourself just staring at this rug all day.” — Brooks Atwood, design director, R&A Architecture

“The jewel-tone trend is going strong (for good reason!) and Lulu & Georgia’s overdyed ‘Kuma’ rug has the perfect deep turquoise hue. This monochromatic stunner is a great way to add color to a neutral space.” — Molly Torres, designer, Homepolish

“This rug is such a beautiful blue color. The tassel trim gives it a really cool, bohemian vibe, and the lightweight, distressed-cotton material reminds me of a pair of well-loved jeans.” — Emma Lesser, designer, Homepolish

“I love how this rug shows a juxtaposition between its playful pattern and lush texture. It can easily become a focal point in any room. There’s also this fresh perspective on the traditional kilim rug with some subtle color, that I love.” — Douglas Graneto, interior designer

“It has a sense of bold masculinity, yet it’s a rather simple rug — allowing for malleability between spaces.” — George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, founders, Yabu Pushelberg

“I’m obsessed with Cold Picnic rugs because the pastel-on-primary palette and abstract compositions make me feel like I’m experiencing the double fantasy of lounging on a deck chair at E-1027 and chilling inside a Milton Avery painting. I also really appreciate that they name their rugs like Lydia Davis short stories.” — Hopie Stockman, co-founder, Block Shop [Editor’s note: Cold Picnic also makes that well-known Private Parts rug you’ve probably seen on Instagram. It’s also under $300.]