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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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Christopher Farr

Rugs are often referred to as art for your floor – functional but often fabulous. As we all catch on to the ability rugs have to transform a room, artists, interior experts and furniture designers are all turning their hand to creating new designs. There’s never before been such a plethora of styles to choose from.

Whether you’re looking for highly decorative designs, bright hues or something a bit more minimalist (if so, you may also like our edit of Berber rugs), we have the one for you.

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1 ‘Inky Dhow’ rug, CC-Tapis
inky dhow rug by bethan gray for cc tapis

Like many of us during lockdown, British designer Bethan Gray picked up a new skill: calligraphy. The lines created by her Chinese calligraphy brush were the inspiration for this complex but calming rug design for CC-Tapis. £6,435, monologuelondon.com

2 ‘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

3 ‘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

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

In her ‘Paper and Stone’ collection of rugs and wall hangings, 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

5 ‘Climbing vine’ rug, Nordic Knots
climbing vine rug by campbell rey for knots rugs
Knots Rugs

The colour combination in Campbell-Rey’s creation for Nordic Knots sets it apart from the crowd, with a deep, mossy green paired with on-trend lilac. The floral motif pays tribute to the traditional Swedish Gustauvian style. From £670, nordicknots.com

6 ‘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

7 ‘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

8 ‘Pisces’ rug, The Rug Company
pisces rub by martin brudnizki for the rug company
The Rug Company

Interior designer Martin Brudnizki concentrated on the border of this rug, decorating it with a sequence of fish tails. Gold silk accents add a scale-like glint to the deep blue background. From £2,791, therugcompany.com

9 ‘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

10 ‘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

11 ‘Usahk’ and ‘Mirzyan’ rugs, Christopher Farr
matthew hilton rugs for christopher farr
Christopher Farr

Meditative doodles taken from the iPad of furniture designer Matthew Hilton were the starting point for these two monochrome rug designs. His hope is that they bring other people calm. From £795, christopherfarr.com

12 ‘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

13 ‘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. £239 per square metre, rugartisan.co.uk

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

Child Studio’s rug collection for Floor Story 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

15 ‘Oh So Sisco’ rug, Matthew Williamson X Obeetee
oh so sisco rug matthew williamson obeetee
Graham Aktins-Hughes

From his fashion to his homeware, designer Matthew Williamson has always found inspiration in the more exuberant side of nature. Here, peacock feathers are used to create an almost art deco-style repeat. £645, amara.com

16 ‘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. Feeling brave? Go floor-to-ceiling leopard or just introduce the rug – it’s proof that leopard print really does go with everything. From £7,450, houseofhackney.com

17 ‘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

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

This is 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

19 ‘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

20 ‘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

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

This rug is 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

22 ‘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

23 ‘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

24 ‘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

25 ‘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

26 ‘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

27 ‘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

28 ‘Zoffany’ rug collection, Riviere
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Andy Gore Ltd

Based on traditional oriental motifs, the rugs from this collaboration between Zoffany and Riviere are available in any colour and size. From £926 per square metre, riviererugs.com

29 ‘Fergus’ rug 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

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

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

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

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

32 ‘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

33 ‘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

34 ‘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

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