It’s been nearly a year since we moved into our flat and although we have some nice pieces, I held back from buying too many decorative accessories until we had the basics right. We have wooden floors throughout the space and at the time I only allowed myself one rug [Olin Grey from Crate and Barrel] so I thought it was about time I started looking.
Plus it’s a pretty chilly January and It couldn’t hurt to have a little more warmth underfoot! Here’s my roundup of my 10 most covetable rugs on the high street.
 Cable Blue Rug made from hand-knotted Tibetan wool, 2.29m x 1.52m, £1,060, The Rug Company.
I’ve had my eye on this beautiful rug from The Rug Company for years now. I love its classic colours and contemporary design which for me make it the sign of a real investment piece. I dream of placing it under our beech dining table and walnut wood chairs as a glorious blanket of pattern between them and our wood floor.
 Pheonix Dhurrie, from £36.22-£553.69, West Elm
Pretty, pretty pink rug, perfect for a bedroom.
 Fairisle Rug 1.40m x 2m. Currently on sale reduced from £895 to £716, SCP.
This Fairisle rug by Donna Wilson in ‘peacock and orange’ is another on-trend but modern piece brought to life by a flash of almost neon orange. With a chunky knit texture and brightly coloured zigzag pattern the rug resembles a classic Fairisle sweater design.
 Trek Rug, from £275, John Lewis.
I love subtly hued rugs like this one with elaborate African inspired patterns that adds depth to a neutral colour palette.
 Ikea Stockholm Figur, £375, Ikea.
Pinks and reds are not really my thing but this luminous rug from Ikea reminds me of a stained glass window or the effects you get when coloured film overlaps. I love it.
 Diamante Cream and Charcoal, Flatweave Rug from $599.99, Restoration Hardware
I could stare at the beautiful imperfections in this elegant and striking rug from Restoration Hardware all day. Handwoven from pure linen, slightly uneven edges enhance the relaxed, handcrafted look.
 Rainbow Petrol Flat Weave Wool Rug £115, Heals
A beautiful basic this simple rug is also available in dark red, lilac, sand and charcoal.
 Turquoise Mirror Diamond Rug 1.52m x 91cm £35, Urban Outfitters
This bright rug would look great in a teenager’s room or to spruce up a spare room.
 Hessum Flawoven rug, £15, Ikea
Hardwearing and with a super cool chevron pattern, this affordable, stylish hall runner from Ikea is practically perfect in every way!
 Enzo Medallion Dhurrie Rug, Grey from 43.61, The Pottery Barn
You’re probably cursing my mainly mono-chromatic tastes by now but this prettily patterned rug is also available in sunny yellow however would only look good if I lived in California – since I live in London – the grey one will have to do : )
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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