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The Best Area Rugs on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered the “Casper of vintage rugs,” surveyed designers for the best area rugs under $500, and talked about the best coffee tables to place upon them, here we’re singling out the best budget area rugs for under $200, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best seagrass rug

“Love, love, LOVE these rugs!!! I have two 45 lb. dogs who love to do zoomies and slide across my tile floors. Rugs usually don’t stand a chance, even with rug tape! These grass rugs are THICK! Super well made! Perfect seams, perfect 90 degree corners! They aren’t plush to walk on, but, Hello, they’re made of natural fibers! Very durable! I’ve had these for a couple of months now and could not be more pleased with my purchase!!!”

Best jute rug

nuLOOM Natural Hand Woven Rigo Jute Area Rug, 8’ x 10’

“This rug is amazing! I wanted one to put under my dining room table. With four grandchildren, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money in case of a dropped plate of spaghetti. In the months that we have had it, we have hosted several dinner parties, and the rug has held up beautifully. The variegated colors tie all the different woods in our dining room together.”

Best wool rug

“Absolutely beautiful. Of course, I expected it to shed a bit. No worries. Vacuum it well a few times and the shedding will get better. After a few weeks of sail vacuuming, it will remain nicely groomed and shed no longer. For the price, the quality cannot be beat. Perfect for my beach cabin. I especially like the raised texture of the ivory accents. I’m getting another when it’s time to swap out the rug in my main house.”

Best patterned shag rug

“I can’t speak highly enough of this rug. It is so thick and plush, and absolutely beautiful! We have an increasingly mobile baby and needed something soft and cushy for him to play on. After searching every store imaginable, we took the plunge and ordered this one — even through I was so nervous ordering a rug I’d never seen in person. But I couldn’t be happier with this rug! We have the 9 x 12’, for reference.”

Best solid shag rug

“I have bought shag rugs for triple the price that were not as nice as this one. Nice, thick, high shag. Color slightly darker than in the photos, but completely acceptable. It took a day or two to ‘uncurl’ — with weights on the corners — but that is to be expected, and the rug is just gorgeous and luxuriously soft.”

“I never knew it was possible to actually look forward to sitting on/laying on/walking on a new rug, but this one has made me a believer! Its high pile and dense shag more than deliver! To my surprise, it made our tiny living room look huge and it completely brightened up our space. It vacuums easily and the one spill we’ve had wiped up really easily. We’ve had it in our home for one month and I genuinely could not be happier with our purchase. Amazon’s price for the same exact product beat those of no less than five other sites.”

Best faux-sheepskin rug

“I’m so happy with this rug! I love sheepskin rugs but didn’t want to purchase a real one because the thought of it made me sad. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find a faux version that looked real and would be just as soft, but I did! I’ve had this rug for several weeks now and it has gotten even better with use. I even spilled a few things on it and I spot cleaned it very easily. Easy to vacuum as well. It’s incredibly soft and I love the way it looks.”

Best Moroccan rug