October 14, 2020 4 min read

Did you know that human beings have been making rugs for more than 2,500 years?

Area rugs have become an indispensable part of design. They tie a living area together, add texture, interest, and comfort. 

However, before you invest in the first rug you see, be aware that rugs act as focal points. Because of this, the style of rug you choose can make or break your design scheme. 

Not sure how to identify the right rug for your space? If you're struggling to nail down the perfect area rug, taking a look at rug trends can point you in the right direction. 

At the same time, good rugs are an investment so you want to make sure you're taking inspiration from long-lasting trends that will stand the test of time. 

If you want to pick an area rug for your home that is on-trend—and will stay that way—keep reading for 8 top area rug trends. 

1. Natural Fibers

Surya JS-2 Area Rug

One of the rug trends that we see lasting for the long haul is natural fibers. As consumers become increasingly health and environmentally conscious, natural fiber rugs are growing ever more popular. 

There are pros and cons to both synthetic and natural fiber rugs. However, natural fiber rugs are undeniably more sustainable. They are also healthier, being naturally VOC-free. 

What's more, rugs made from natural materials also look stunning. With their organic, soft tones, natural fiber rugs tie in perfectly with the neutral pallets that are so in at the moment. 

If you would like to browse some natural fiber options, we have a wide range of jute rugs, as well as wool and bamboo rugs for you to choose from. 

2. Geometrics

Geometrics have become a decided design trend. Gracing everything from wall prints to scatter cushions, geometric designs also look particularly striking on rugs. 

If you feel that your space lacks structure and visual impact, a geometrically patterned area rug might be the ideal solution. However, don't forget to visualize how this will interact with any other patterns in your space. If you already have some geometric patterns you should be golden.

What's more, if you want to make a statement, don't be shy to experiment with some pattern mixing. Just be aware that certain patterns might clash, such as vintage florals and more edgy geometrics.

Although geometrics are inherently bold, if you want a more timeless option you can also tone things down by selecting a geometrically patterned rug in muted or neutral colors. 

3. Layered Rugs

Are you finding it hard to choose between different rug options? If so, you might want to consider trying layered area rugs. This is one of the most unique rug trends, and it can also be practical. 

If you have a very cold floor, layering a smaller rug over a larger area rug can look in some extra warmth. Got a stain right in the middle of your favorite area rug? Simply layer another over the center. 

While layered rugs might sound busy, with the right combination of rugs you can achieve a cohesive but eye-catching effect. 


4. Chevron Patterns

Chevron patterns are everywhere at the moment, and they look particularly pleasing on carpets. A chevron-patterned rug can add interest to an area without becoming overwhelming—thanks to the symmetry of their patterning. 

Besides this, chevron patterning is a classic which is sure to stand the test of time. 

5. Bold Colors

One of the most exciting area rug trends that are happening currently is the upswing of bold colors. Although neutrals are still huge, bold colors are also enjoying their time in the sun (and on the floor). 

Some of the most trendy hues at the moment are jewel tones, which often contrast well with bold accent walls or furniture. Think, for instance, a bright orange patterned rug along with an aquamarine or cyan accent chair.

6. Vintage Rugs


Vintage rugs have been popular for some time and are still a strong trend. Although authentic vintage rugs are hard to come by and usually quite costly, you can still hop on this ongoing trend and buy a new rug in a vintage style. 

If this sounds right for your space, be sure to check out our authentically faded vintage style rugs.

7. Rugs Everywhere

Another rug trend to be aware of is that area rugs are not just for the living room.

While area rugs can be an important living room design element, don't forget to take your rug inspiration to other areas of your house as well. For instance, well-chosen rug runners can transform areas like hallways, foyers, and passages. 

If you have yet to experiment with carpet runners and hallways runners, it's time to start incorporating them into your home's design scheme. 

8. Better Quality

Lastly, one of the overarching rug trends happening currently is a shift towards better quality. 

Home design has been moving in that direction for some time, with many of us gravitating towards investment pieces that will last for the long run, over cheap, low-grade items that turn shabby in a season. 

Some ways you can up the quality is by choosing long-lasting fibers such as wool and opting for quality-over-quality by investing in handcrafted rugs.


Take Inspiration From Rug Trends That Will Stand the Test of Time

Getting a new area rug is a fairly big purchase decision. Not only do you want to get a rug you like, but you also want it to complement the rest of your home's aesthetic. 

At the same time, the rug you choose should also look on-trend, while being timeless enough not to be dated in a year or two. 

Fortunately, there's a big variety of rug trends happening right now, and many of these are the kind that will stand the test of time. For instance, natural fibers and superior quality aren't things that date.

Now that you have a range of trending rug ideas to fuel your creative design juice, why not head on over to our rug department? We stock over 5,000 designs in numerous constructions and materials, at all price points. 

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