The quickest way to kill the thrill of moving into a new apartment is settling in and noticing that the furniture that looked good in your previous home is totally wrong in your new space. One way to pull together your hodgepodge collection of Ikea pieces, street finds, and vintage furniture is by rolling out an area rug, an instant fix that “ties the room together” and adds a bit of coziness underfoot. (We’re of the opinion that there’s nothing like sprawling out on a cushy floor rug after a long day.) After speaking to plenty of interior designers about their favorites, we’ve learned that area rugs can quickly get expensive, but luckily there are also a ton of affordable options out there in a range of on-trend styles like Moroccan and sheepskin, as well as rugs made from natural fiber. Below, we’ve rounded up 18 of the nicest-looking area rugs you can buy on Amazon to help make your home feel a little more pulled together. And for more affordable Amazon finds, check out our list of the 11 best area rugs, as praised by hyperenthusiastic reviewers.
Moroccan-inspired rugs are everywhere these days, as the thick pile and abstract designs make them a popular choice in homes of all décor aesthetics. But getting an authentic one woven by members of the Berber tribe, for instance, can be costly. Here’s an extremely affordable option inspired by the real deal, with traditional shapes and lines that would look great paired with a streamlined sofa. Bonus points for the fact that it’s waterproof, stain resistant, and, importantly, does not shed.
Here’s another Moroccan-inspired design. We particularly like its tassels and diamond motifs.
This Moroccan-style rug looks especially plush, and the diamond trellis pattern is generous in scale.
If you prefer a rug with a more traditional pattern, there’s a bunch of handsome Persian-inspired ones that come pre-distressed for that lived-in look. We love the medallion and deep red and blue dyes on this one.
A stain-resistant Persian rug for the die-hard The Big Lebowski fan.
The unexpected pink, gray, and teal colors give this Persian rug a contemporary twist.
You can’t beat the price on this wool-and-cotton, hand-tufted rug in the most delicious neutrals.
The abstract, oversize ikat pattern on this wool-and-cotton area rug would bring a boho feel to any space.
There’s something about the soothing blue pattern of this hand-tufted, wool-and-cotton rug that makes it impossible not to stare at. Pair it with a pristine white sofa and you’re on your way to a magazine-worthy living room.
The stark zebra lines of this wool-and-cotton blend certainly make a statement (namely, that it appears way more expensive than it is).
For something a little less wild, but still eye-catching, try this low-pile rug with offset striping.
We love how festive this one is and think it would look so fun in a family den or playroom.
Do your feet a favor and put this — which, as its name suggests, is real sheepskin — by your bed.
Another sheepskin option, if you want to cover more floor space (and to go the synthetic route).
For ultimate coziness, you can’t beat a straight-up shag rug. The cool gray color helps this from veering too far into Austin Powers territory.
Incorporate a natural-fiber rug in your home to keep the summer vibes going all year long.
Another natural-fiber option, for those who want a chunkier weave underfoot.
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