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The best rugs to buy now, from designer to high street

Colourful or neutral, big or small, these are the the rugs that will transform your room in an instant

deirdre dyson light between bespoke hand knotted wool and silk rug copyright deirdre dyson carpets ltd
'Light Between' rug from the 'Looking Glass' Collection by Deirdre Dyson

Our edit of the latest, most stylish designs to grace your floors, from abstract to classic, in neutrals and bolder hues. Whatever your style or budget, there’s a rug that will give your room an instantaneous style boost.

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1 ‘Diaz’, Habitat
rectangular tufted rug with abstract pattern diaz rug, habitat
Habitat

This abstract design fresh from the high street mimics the mark making of an ancient script and is handwoven in India. £300, habitat.co.uk

2 ‘Selce 1’ 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

3 ‘Eik’ 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

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

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

5 ‘Cornice’ by Inga Sempé, Magis
blue rectangular rug with irregular corners, magis
Edoardo Canali

French product designer Inga Sempé’s twist on the classic rug for Magis – a rectangle with the corners cut off – is simple yet elegant. £2,899, aram.co.uk

6 'Fragmento III’, Artycraft
rectangular rug with abstract shapes as pattern, artycraft
Artycraft

Love for the Bauhaus school aesthetic shows no sign of waning, so bring it into your own home now with this layered shapes rug. From £1,117, artycraft.fr

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

8 ‘Wakaam’ by Rebecca Hughes, 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 ‘Nuances’ 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

10 ‘Flora Bloom’ by Santi Moix, Nanimarquina
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Nanimarquina

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. £1440, gomodern.co.uk

11 ‘Milano’, 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

12 'East' by Karin an Rijaarsdam, Kvadrat
woven green rectangular rug by kvadrat,
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

13 'Simple Object 18' by Carsten Beck Nielsen, 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

14 ‘Plateau III’, Tufenkian
cream rectangular rug with subtle large chevron pattern, turfenkian rugs
DOUG HOLT PHOTOGRAPHY for Tufenkian

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

15 ‘Oman’, Élitis
Patrick GALIBERT

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

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

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

17 ‘Symmetry’, 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

18 ‘Way’, 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

19 ‘Cherry’, 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

20 ‘Fergus’ by Constance Frapolli, Ligne Roset
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

21 ‘Tufted Mahina’, Anthropologie
rectangular rug, anthropologie
Anthroplogie

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

22 ‘Jacquard Weave’, H&M Home
rectangular rug by hm
H&M

Influenced by designs used by American Indian tribes, this affordable rug contains recycled wool. £199.99, hm.com

23 'Sool' by Daria Zinovatnayna
Gan

Award winning rug from Ukrainian interior and product designer Daria Zinovatnayna, she references the forms of the Bauhaus school and Russian suprematism. From £750, chaplins.co.uk

24 ‘Interval’ by Paul Smith, 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

25 ’Pleo I’ by Bec Brittain, Tai Ping
Tai Ping

Lighting designer Bec Brittain’s study of the wings of an insect has been transformed into a mesmerising rug, part of her 'Taxonomy' collection. £16,224, taipingcarpets.com

26 ‘Waves & Ovals’ 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

27 ‘Savoire Ocean’, Designers Guild
Designers Guild

A dip-dyed, ombre effect rug, where deep green graduate to light sage, this design has a calming effect on any room. From £1,295, designersguild.com

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

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

29 ‘Light Fragments’, 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

30 ‘Geranium Optick’ 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

31 ‘Ziggy’ 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

32 ‘Crystals’ by Charlotte Lancelot, GAN
overlapping circles run by gan at chaplins
Gan at Chaplins

Overlapping circular shapes which mimic how the shadows of coloured drinking glasses interact with each other on a table. From £1,750, chaplins.co.uk

33 ‘Frammento’ 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’ 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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