12 Rooms Made Even Better By Show-Stopping Decorative Rugs

A well-chosen decorative rug can set the right feeling tone, comfort level and color palette for a room. But with so many types of rugs in the market, it is hard to know which kind would be best for a room.  Today we start a new series of posts to help you become more knowledgeable about rugs and the looks you can create with them.  We start with 12 beautiful rooms with 12 different types of rugs – Art Deco, Moroccan, Contemporary, Neoclassical, Cowhide, Floral, Geometric, Bessarabian, Silk, Damask, Dhurrie and Oushak. Later posts will help you distinguish rug quality and feature additional types of decorative rugs.


A custom Art Deco runner rug follows a curving hallway and complements elegant light fixtures in a Jean Louis Deniot designed apartment on the Boulevard St. Germain in Paris.


The sharp contrast between the lilac silk-velvet upholstered French chair and tribal Moroccan rug produces a chic and youthful atmosphere in a living room designed by Windsor Smith.


The Pamplona GD neoclassical rug inspired the yellow, purple and green color palette of the stunning living room by Susan Nelson for the Washington DC Design Center Dream Home.


The classical pattern and rich texture of a silver and grey cowhide rug complements white, pale grey and sage Art Deco and neoclassical pieces in a show-stopping living room by Windsor Smith.


The Blue Summer modern floral rug pulls together traditional and contemporary elements of a chic living room by Koch Studio. 


Layering a geometric rug on top of a flat weave rug can create an attractive and welcoming look, but can lead to maintenance issues unless you first make sure you are choosing a flat weave rug that is easily cleanable.


A red, gold, green and black Bessarabian rug perfectly complements Brunschwig & Fils La Portugaise sofa fabric and red-lacquered book shelves in Brooke Astor’s famous library designed by Albert Hadley. The New York Times proclaimed it “one of the most admired interiors of the 20th century.”


A grey contemporary rug adds a comforting texture to a home office designed by Christine Markatos and Leroy Street Studio.


A custom grey silk rug with a geometric fretwork pattern perfectly complements a pink silk upholstered daybed and French neoclassical chair in Windsor Smith’s chic bedroom design.


The Morena rug’s 16th century Spanish damask pattern perfectly complements the architecture and furnishings of a large sitting room in a Sea Island, Georgia club designed by Lisa Torbett.


A yellow Dhurrie rug pops against lacquered dark wood floors and complements yellow upholstery, gold mirror and an ebony grand piano in a handsome living room by Windsor Smith.


A blue, cream and pale gray Oushak rug provides a richly dappled background for the interplay of coral, orange, green and cobalt objects in a Chinoiserie inspired living room by Miles Redd.

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