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34 of the best rugs to buy now

Colourful or neutral, big or small, these are the rugs with room-transforming potential

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Claudia Zalla

Our edit of stylish modern rugs has something for every floor, whatever your style, budget or space. Naturally, there’s plenty of brilliantly bold colour and pattern, but also subtler and softer designs, from linear and watercolour styles to beautifully simple texture.

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1 ‘Eik’ rug by Linie design, Woven
flat weave rug with abstract shapes pattern and fringed ends, elk rug, linie design
Linie Design

Softly Scandinavian in style, this rug has a graphic print in soft tones making it the ideal choice for a neutrally decorated space. From £300, woven.co.uk

2 ‘Busy’ rug by Raw Edges, Nest
rectangular rug with large stitches, raw edges for gan, heals

Design Duo Raw Edges explore the messy underside of hand embroidery, giving it pride of place on the surface of this rug from the ‘Backstitch’ collection for GAN. £1,036, nest.co.uk

3 ‘Off cuts’ rug, Deirdre Dyson
deirdre dyson off cuts  note paper hand knotted wool and silk rug
Deirdre Dyson

In her new collection of rugs and wall hangings entitled ‘Paper and Stone’, Deirdre Dyson explores the possibilities of both materials. All pieces are made bespoke in Nepal. ‘Note Paper’ wall hanging; ‘Off Cuts’ rug, both from £1,080 per square metre, deirdredyson.com

4 ‘Selce 1’ rug by Studio Salaris, Artemest
mustard rug with burgundy tufts, selce rug
Studio Salaris

Unconventional in shape, this rug is constructed using different techniques including boucle, velvet, relief and shag pile giving it a unique feel as well as look. £5,485, artemest.com

5 ‘Lines’ rug by Philippe Malouin, CC-Tapis
blue and white flat weave rug with tassels, cc tapis,

Made by hand in Nepal and taken from the mind of the product designer du jour Philippe Malouin, this rug is the perfect union of design and craft credentials. From £5,039, monologuelondon.com

6 ‘Nuances’ rug by Patricia Urquiola, GAN
patricia urquiola, gan, heals, felt rectangular rug with curve
Gan Rugs

Superstar designer Patricia Urquiola’s sustainable felt rug, made from discarded wool, was the winner of the 2020 ELLE Decoration International Design Award for flooring. £2,349, heals.com

7 ‘Otti’ rug by Child Studio, Floor Story
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Child Story

Child Studio, has launched a new collection of six rugs with Floor Story. The range pays tribute to the unsung heroes of the Bauhaus movement: the women. Each rug from ‘19-19’ – a nod to the year the Bauhaus school was founded – is named after a female designer. From £2,750, floorstory.co.uk

8 ‘Wakaam’ rug by Rebecca Hughes, Floor Story
pink rectangular rug with green border irregular border, floor story
Rob Wilson

Designer Rebecca Hughes was inspired by the bright recycled plastic rugs she discovered in the ‘Wakaam’ market in Senegal when choosing the colours for this rug. From £795, floorstory.co.uk

9 ‘Simple Object 18’ rug by Carsten Beck Nielsen, Nordic Knots
fluffy white rectangular rug with black line design by nordic knots
Nordic Knots

Introduce a piece of art to your floors with this design by Danish artist Carsten Beck Nielsen for Nordic Knots. From £690, nordicknots.com

10 ‘Picnic’ rug, Layered
tufted rectangular rug with pots, layered rug

This whimsical rug is the result of a collaboration with contemporary artist Emilia Ike whose work celebrates the objects of the everyday. From £970, layeredinterior.com

11 ‘Cherry’ rug, Rug Artisan
rectangular cherry rug by rug artisan
Rug Artisan

Not decided on your favourite shade of pink yet? This paint chart-style outdoor rug means you can have them all on your patio floor. £239 per square metre, rugartisan.co.uk

12 ‘Scene 3’ rug by Cristian Mohaded, CC-Tapis
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Claudia Zalla

This irregular shaped rug features black lines reflective of Argentine designer Cristian Mohaded’s loose sketches. From £5,950, cc-tapis.com

13 ‘Flora Bloom’ rug by Santi Moix, Nanimarquina
flower head rug  naimarquna

One of four flower motif rugs from the imagination of Barcelona-based artist Santi Moix. There are regular rectangular and circular designs, as well as this one shaped like a flower head. £1,440, gomodern.co.uk

14 ‘Wild Card’ rug, House of Hackney
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Mark Cocksedge

Produced by British carpet brand Axminster, the design is taken from an existing wallpaper. For the brave, go floor to ceiling leopard or just introduce the rug – proof that leopard print really does go with everything. From £7,450, houseofhackney.com

15 ‘East’ rug by Karin an Rijaarsdam, Kvadrat
woven green rectangular rug by kvadrat,

Constructed from a single rope, which serves as both the warp and weft, this rug pays homage to the Chinese handicraft ‘Knotting’ which dates back to the Tang Dynasty. £371 per square metre, kvadrat.dk

16 ‘Lozenge’ rug, Cosy Coco
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Dan Duchars

This shaggy wool rug is made to order in Morocco. Its diamond shaped motifs are female symbols in Berber Culture. From £396, cosycoco.com

17 ‘Segni Minimi 6’ rug by Giuseppe Di Costanzo, CC-Tapis
cc tapis
cc Tapis

The unconscious doddle is given centre stage. The ‘Segni Minimi’ (meaning simple marks) collection, finds drawings by Italian architect Giuseppe Di Costanzo – often of the architecture of his home town of Naples – translated into knotted wool. Lines, colours and figures all overlay to create abstract shapes that resemble those of Moroccan Berber rugs. From £3,732, heals.com

18 ‘Plateau III’ rug, Tufenkian
cream rectangular rug with subtle large chevron pattern, turfenkian rugs

Hand knotted in Nepal using Himalayan wool, bamboo silk and linen. Neutral in colour with the most subtle of patterns, it’s a timeless design. Price on application, tufenkian.com

19 ‘Oman’ rug, Élitis
rectangular purple rug with 1970's style cream and brown pattern

Made from New Zealand wool, this kilim’s colour palette and pattern of long oval forms are reminiscent of the set design from a Stanley Kubrick movie. £1,710, elitis.fr

20 ‘Symmetry’ rug, Knots Rugs
rectangular rug with large brush stroke in coral, knots rugs
Aaron Marcus Sutton

With a simple watercolour wash design, this rug is available in a choice of colours – grey, grey ink, cream and blush. £13,250, knotsrugs.co.uk

21 ‘Milano’ rug, Jonathan Adler
jonathan alder, swirl rectangular rug
Jonathan Adler

King of luxe kitsch Jonathan Adler’s hand tufted rug has concentric loops in cool shades with glamorous silver highlights. From £1,395, uk.jonathanadler.com

22 ‘Way’ rug, Ferm Living
dotty rectangular rug by ferm living, 'way'
Ferm Living

Constructed from recycled plastic bottles, so robust enough to be used outside as well as in, this is a multitasking piece. £229, naken.co.uk

23 ‘Waves & Ovals’ rug by Donna Wilson, SCP
blue rectangular rug by donna wilson, scp
Donna Wilson for SCP

Knitwear designer Donna Wilson’s rug for SCP references the natural world, beach pebbles and the waves of the ocean reduced to abstract forms. From £925, scp.co.uk

24 ‘Blended 5 Colours’ rug by Studio Rens, Moooi
irregular shaped rug in orange and yellows by moooi

The result of a study in colour saturation by Studio Rens, this rug in ‘Candy’ will add a saturated pop of colour to your home. From £2,600, moooi.com

25 ‘Zoffany’ rug collection, Riviere
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Andy Gore Ltd

Two years in the making, an innovative new collaboration sees six iconic designs from Zoffany’s extensive fabric and wallpaper archive reinterpreted as luxury handmade rugs by Riviere. Based on traditional oriental motifs and more abstract styles, they are available in any colour and size. From £926 per square metre, riviererugs.com

26 ‘Fergus’ rug by Constance Frapolli
cut out image of tartan rug by ligne roset
Ligne Roset

A reinterpretation of the classic ‘Ferguson’ tartan, which in Gaelic translates to angry, audacious and proud, this rug is worth more than a quick highland fling. £993, ligne-roset.com

27 ‘Tufted Mahina’ rug, Anthropologie
rectangular rug, anthropologie

Birds and lions parade among the exotic flora on this blended wool and bamboo rug with a luxuriously soft finish. £498, anthropologie.c0m

28 ‘Interval’ rug by Paul Smith, The Rug Company
rectangular rugs with irregular stripes in multi colours  the rug company
The Rug Company

Paul Smith was one of the first to collaborate with The Rug Company almost twenty years ago, this is the fashion designer’s latest work. From £2,791, therugcompany.com

29 ‘Savoire Ocean’ rug, Designers Guild
green ombre rug by designers guild
Designers Guild

A dip-dyed, ombre effect rug, where deep green graduates to light sage, this design will have a soothing effect on any space. From £1,295, designersguild.com

30 ‘Light Fragments’ rug, Deirdre Dyson
deirdre dyson light fragments hand knotted wool and silk rug copyright deirdre dyson exclusive carpets and rugs
Deirdre Dyson

Taken from Deirdre Dyson’s ‘Looking Glass’ collection, where she simulates the effects of light playing across glass using the mediums of wool and silk. Price on application, deirdredyson.com

31 ‘Geranium Optick’ rug by Kitty Joseph, Floor Story
rectangular red rug with diagonal stripes, kitty joseph for floor story
Floor Story

Fashion designer Kitty Joseph’s rugs are a joyous celebration of colour, as this diagonal geranium stripe with unexpected purple lines proves. From £1,500, floorstory.co.uk

32 ‘Ziggy’ rug by Parker and Jules, Amy Kent
ziggy rug by parker and jules for amy kent
Parker and Jules

Eclectic fabric and wallpaper brand Parker and Jules’ first foray into the world of rug design, this is a bold, fun-loving introduction to their style. £645 per square metre, amykent.co.uk

33 ‘Frammento’ rug by Ami Katz, Sinclair Till
vandra rug at sinclair till
Vandra Rug

The result of Danish architect Ami Katz’s fascination with half finished art work, one side of this rug fades out as if waiting to be completed. £1,242 per square metre, sinclairtill.co.uk

34 ‘Temple’ rug by Anni Albers, Christopher Farr
anni albers rug by christopher farr
Christopher Farr

For those who fell in love with the Tate’s exhibition of Anni Albers’ work, there’s now a way to bring her inimitable style into your own home. £1,150, christopherfarr.com

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