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35 of the best rugs to buy now

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

emily forgot rug for floor story
Floor Story

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 ‘Face’ rug, Nordic Knots
face rug by nordic knots
Nordic Knots

The notion of ‘finding home’ informs the partnership of Nordic Knots and New York lifestyle brand ARJÉ. With Swedish, Spanish and British heritage, it follows that the two rugs, ‘Face’ (pictured) and ‘Family’, marry Scandi minimalism with Mediterranean warmth. From £775, nordicknots.com

2 ‘Tones 1’ kilim, Nanimarquina
tones rug by nanimarquina

Barcelona-based brand Nanimarquina’s latest offering sees artist Clàudia Valsells shift from canvas to carpets. She treated 22 shades like musical notes for the ‘Tones’ range, which includes four harmonised designs available as rugs or kilims. From £1,596, nanimarquina.com

3 ‘Archipelago’ rug, Kasthall
archipelago rug by kasthall

After lead designer Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg’s death in 2015, the team at Swedish textile brand Kasthall turned her sketches and samples for ‘January’, the third entry in her ‘Archipelago’ series, into reality. A fitting tribute to the ‘queen of rugs’ that will make a neutral but interestingly textured addition to any home. From £8,560, kasthall.com

4 ‘Construct’ rug, Floor Story
construct rug emily forgot for floor story

Following a one-off project, Emily Forgot and east London rug dealers Floor Story have joined forces for ‘Construct’. Its three designs draw on Forgot’s blending of the boundaries between 2D and 3D, via different pile heights, colours and her signature graphic shapes. Each works on its own or can be joined together to create a larger, modular floor covering. From £750, floorstory.co.uk

5 ‘Signum’ rug, Christopher Farr
‘signum’ rug by margo selby for christopher farr
Christopher Farr

When Christopher Farr co-founder Matthew Bourne spotted textile artist Margo Selby’s Vexillum at Collect, it resulted in this collection, described by Margo as ‘functional art’. The hand-tufted colourful lines that make up this intricate design will be instantly recognisable to fans of Selby’s woven artworks. From £850, margoselby.com

6 ‘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

7 ‘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

8 ‘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

9 ‘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

10 ‘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

11 ‘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

12 ‘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

13 ‘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

14 ‘Ushak’ 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 £7,600, christopherfarr.com

15 ‘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

16 ‘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

17 ‘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

18 ‘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

19 ‘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

20 ‘Flora Bloom’ rug by Santi Moix, Nanimarquina
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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

21 ‘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

22 ‘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

23 ‘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

24 ‘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

25 ‘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

26 ‘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

27 ‘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

28 ‘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

29 ‘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

30 ‘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

31 ‘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

32 ‘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

33 ‘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

34 ‘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

35 ‘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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