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Our Experts' Favorite Rug Was Made for High-Traffic Areas (Plus 13 More Styles They Love)

Words by Laura Dahlgren
a living room filled with furniture and a dining room table

Photography by Michael Clifford; Design by Jake Arnold

Good design starts from the ground up.

Accent rugs are essential for every room. A transformative staple, they open up the opportunity to play with color, texture, and pattern. For apartment dwellers, they conceal renter-grade floors while absorbing sound (you’re welcome, downstairs neighbors). They’re also really pleasant to walk on and ground a room like none other.

As a piece you’ll be interacting with daily, it’s an investment worth careful consideration and each space comes with a unique set of needs. For instance, Experts like Jenna Lyons, Raili Clasen, and Melissa Lee of Bespoke Only swear by this affordable, textured find from Nordic Knots for a hardwearing foundation. “There's a familiar and irreplaceable feel to jute that calls for barefoot living,” says the latter. “The playful yet simple cross pattern adds just the right touch of whimsy.”

From luxurious finds that offer a plush feel underfoot to statement-making pieces worth building your color scheme around, our Experts reveal 13 area rugs they love for every design style.

a bedroom with a bed and a night stand

Photography by William Jess Laird; Design by Bespoke Only

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For a Versatile Area Rug

“I have used this rug in various settings. The versatile design melds with traditional and modern interiors. I particularly love the cut-out corners—a detail that subtly breaks the fixed shape of a rectangle.” —Melissa Lee, Bespoke Only

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For a Worldly Rug

“I’ve been loving Beni Rugs for a while now. I like the contemporary take on a classic Moroccan rug and I’m crazy for all the colors they come in.” —Georgia Tapert Howe

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For a Tactile Area Rug

“Armadillo’s Eden collection is a go-to for me. The colors are really nice and the rugs are great to the touch.” —Molly Kidd, Light and Dwell

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For an Inspirational Area Rug

“I have had my eye on this rug for a while now! You can use a piece like this as a foundation upon which to build a whole room around.” —Joyce Downing Pickens, JDP Interiors

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a room with a table, chairs and a vase with flowers on it

Photography by Nick Johnson; Design by Georgia Tapert Howe

For a Textured Area Rug

“I love this rug. I typically gravitate towards natural fibers and in this particular space, the wallpaper was such a moment that I wanted something that didn’t compete.” —Georgia Tapert Howe

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For a Subtle Area Rug

“While I’m not a big user of patterns, I’ve always loved a simple stripe. The colors of this are a 10/10 for me, too.” —Sean Anderson

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For a Cozy Area Rug

“I love the texture of this rug because it feels really plush and cozy. I'd use this in a living room with an organic-shaped sofa or in any room where the furniture wouldn't completely cover the beautiful color blocking. I love the introduction of color but it still feels super neutral.” —Jake Arnold

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For an Indulgent Area Rug

“This rug is so gorgeous. Mongolian cashmere is so soft, I almost wouldn't want to put any furniture on it. I would just lay on it. Or I'd frame it and put it on my wall to look at it.” —Jenna Lyons

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For an Affordable Area Rug

“I love Nordic Knots. They're very affordable and even their solid rugs have great undulation and texture.” —Zoë Feldman

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a bedroom with floral wallpaper and a bed

Photography courtesy of Salvesen Graham

For a Timeless Area Rug

“We designed this rug with the edges in mind as it tends to be seen the most when furniture inevitably gets placed in a room. A classic motif with a modern sensibility, this is a timeless addition to any interior.” —Nicole Salvesen, Salvesen Graham

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For a Graphic Area Rug

“Graphic rugs pack a punch and add color, depth, and extra vibe to a room. It creates a "wow" factor that'll make any space memorable.” —Brigette Romanek

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For a Patterned Area Rug

“I absolutely love the mix of colors in this rug. It’s bold, fun, and I appreciate the eco-friendly factor of the bamboo silk.” —Melissa Lee, Bespoke Only

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For a Playful Area Rug

“I can’t resist a scallop. This rug is so much fun, especially for a kid’s room.” —Georgia Tapert Howe

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a living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Photography by Michael Sinclair; Design by Salvesen Graham

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