Top 5 Living Room Rugs

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On the market for a new area rug for your home? If you aren’t already, you should be.

Why? Because rugs really tie a room together. Your furniture is no longer floating around the room. A rug brings everything together and finishes off your home. A rug ties together all the furniture around the center area of the room, the area rug. For more on why you need an area rug, read the end of this article.

Now that we can agree on how important an area rug is, let’s check out the Top 5 Living Room Rugs a.k.a Area Rugs on the market right now.

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Safavieh Shag Collection Shag Area Rug

Safavieh did it again, they made us fall in love with yet another rug. This beautiful shag rug comes in several colors and is so hard not to love. When your feet hit the rug, you’ll know you have pretty much bought one of the best living room rugs on the market right now.

Safavieh Shag Collection Rug. Available in different shapes, sizes and colors.

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The Safavieh shag rug is made with a high density polypropylene and is super plush. It’s also very durable as it was power loomed to ensure that it would last a long time. If you have a hard floor or if you just want something cushiony under your feet, you’re going to want this rug, everybody does, hence why it’s one of the best selling rugs. Adding a pop of color and style to your living room has never been easier than with this shag rug by Safavieh. You can find so many different colors starting with a contemporary neutral beige to a stand out knock your socks off purple rug. No matter your style you’ll love this rug.

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More Info: 17 sizes, 2 colors & 4 shapes available

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Superior Living Room Rug

Another Turkish made rug for you, this one by New City. It’s made in Turkey out of 50% wool and 50% Heatset Olefin twisted yarn. This rug is stain resistant and fringe free leaving a clean design and allowing you to only admire its unique qualities and designs it possesses.

Superior Rug by Feraghan/New City is a classic rug that won't date through time.

A classic rug that won’t date through time. Click Here for more details.

You won’t need an additional back pad for this as the backing is kind of hard on this rug, assuring that it wears well. The material is also pretty soft and feels nice to walk on. There’s a certain accent of class when you put this area rug in your living room and with mostly neutral colors in the design, it will fit in perfectly no matter the décor.

Abstract Swirl By Persian Rugs

Another popular choice made by Persian-Rugs is this swirl designed abstract area rug. It can be found in a few colors ranging from red, black and white to even purple!

Abstract Swirl Rug comes in 7 colors and 9 sizes.

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These bold colors and abstract designs are the perfect way to add a pop of color and chic design to your living room. Better yet, this rug doesn’t just make a style statement, but also a statement of comfort.

Plush and soft under foot, you’ll love the way it feels on your feet and will likely find yourself digging your toes in pretty often. If the price of the previous Persian Rugs area rug put you off, you’ll find that you like this one much better.

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More Info: 9 sizes & 7 colors available

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Safavieh Florida Shag Collection Rug

Who doesn’t like shag rugs? If your thinking whether you want to buy a shag rug or not, my advice, go with it. Shag rugs are one of top rugs for the house as they simply, never go out of style. A classic, plush, soft rug that can pretty much suit any living area.


Click here to view in 15 different sizes and 4 different shapes.

This particular shag rug, the Safavieh Florida Shag Rug, sold by Safavieh from their ‘Florida Rug Collection’ is definitely a hit on the market.

A very dense polypropylene pile makes this rug very plush and pleasant under foot. Don’t be fooled by its softness though, this rug can withstand the test of time. The rug is of a modern style with a smoke pattern on the background and gives a very contemporary modern look and feel to the room. The color of the rug is pretty neutral and can fit in with whatever furniture and décor you have; even taming some pretentious designs you may have. With standard cotton backing, you won’t have any hard spots in your rug and if you put a pad underneath of it, you’ll only add to its already luxurious softness.

Safavieh-Florida-RugSafavieh Florida Shag Rug

More Info: 15 sizes 2 colors & 4 shapes available

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Persian Rugs Abstract Area Rug

Do you enjoy having a glass of wine? If so, then this area room rug may just be the best rug for your living area. This beautiful abstract area rug by Persian Rugs is made in Turkey of high quality polypropylene, making it very stain resistant. The rug is soft, yet durable and can withstand the test of time.


Available in 5 colors and 8 sizes, click here for more info.

Available in several very bold colors, this rug is sure to make a statement in your living room. It’s a very thick and plush soft rug, pleasing to the feet and eyes and would be great over a hard wood or tile floor to add comfort to the room most commonly noted for relaxing, maybe with a glass of wine, since you need not worry about stains.

Persian Rugs Abstract Area Rug

More Info: 8 sizes & 5 colors available

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Why You Need an Area Rug

We’ve all seen it, an ugly carpet in a beautiful room. The furniture can hide most of it, but in the middle of the floor, there it is. The hideous carpet. Buying an area rug is a much simpler solution to the problem.

Why tear up the floor and have to buy new carpet and have it installed? That just makes your home a construction zone for a while because you can’t have your furniture where it should be. Too much work if you ask me.


Rugs can be found all shapes and sizes, colors and patterns to suit your own style and decor.

Or let’s say there’s just a stain in the middle of the floor. Your kid thought sharpie marker was a fabulous way to decorate. Just toss an area rug down and you’re good to go. If they draw on that, you can always get it dry cleaned or even just replace it.

Oh and the pop of color that rugs give off, oh my goodness for me it’s the best part. I love going in to a room and noticing a big pop in various places. Area rugs definitely can take a boring space and make it a fun and visually appealing one.

Area rugs can be used to cover an ugly floor, hide an obvious stain, add a pop of color, tie a room together, and that subtle plush rug can add a softness to a hard floor that otherwise would be missed

Area rugs are super versatile, for the term ‘area rugs’ pretty much means these rugs they are suitable for any area of the house, including the living room, bedrooms, kids room and dining room or really just anywhere that you your heart desires.

RugCritic’s Final Word

There you have it, the hottest rug buys on the market. With this guide to assist you in your shopping, you’re sure to find the one you want and really add that finishing touch to your living room.

Not impressed by any of these rugs? Check out these Best Selling and Top Rated Rugs on the market right now.

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The A-Z Of Rugs: Everything You Need To Know About Buying a Rug

So how much is there to know about rugs? A lot. Who would have thought that a flat piece of material on the floor would lead me to write over 1,600 words? Well, coming from a rug expert such as myself, writing so many words about the different types of rugs you can buy to furnish and decorate your home, really, it wasn’t that difficult at all.

Most of us have an area rug in our home but what does an area rug even mean exactly? Are we even calling it by the right name, are we looking to buy a rug but we are searching online to buy the right or wrong rug?

Below you will read everything you’ve ever wanted to know about rugs and things you didn’t even know but you want to know, about rugs.

Whether you are interested in buying a wool rug, sheep skin rug, natural rug or any other rug for that matter, scroll down the page to find more information for the rug of your choice.

Rug Cleaning Products

If you are regular reader of this blog, you would already be aware that I was a professional rug cleaner. If you are new to this blog, my background has been, 9 years in a rug cleaning business. If you want to know more about me, head over to my ‘Who’s The RugCritic’ page. The reason why I am saying this is because for 9+ years I have specialized in rug and carpet cleaning. Over 9+ years, the #1 question or ‘Christine please help’ that I get is, “What are the best rug and carpet cleaning products around?”.

If I was negligent and didn’t care, I could refer you to your local store to buy any old commercially available rug cleaner, because some do actually work. But, I’ve been in rug cleaning for way to many years and I know what rug cleaning products are made from and they aren’t very healthy for you to use nor are they healthy for your children and pets to be sitting on the rugs/carpets that have had harsh chemicals on them.

I am a mother and I have a family with pets and also a husband that fell ill. I ONLY recommend products that I have personally used and that are 100% safe to use around your family (including babies) and pets.

These products are non-toxic, non-harsh, easy to use, work a breeze and are made from organic materials and are used by health conscious rug cleaning professionals (like I am).

This is the only brand of rug and carpet cleaning products I use and recommend (especially if you have kids/pets around your home).

This is where you can purchase the products: Official Website

These are the only products you need (I advise 1 Gallon quantity of each)

  1. For a Rug/Carpet Protector (to avoid stains penetrating deep into your rug or carpet) *Highly Recommended - Carpet Armour (1 Gallon) (White Label)
  2. To remove tough stains (such as pet stains etc) and odors *Highly Recommended - Spoterizer  (1 Gallon) (Brown Label)
  3. For regular (monthly or quarterly) rug or carpet maintenance, cleaning and stain removing *Highly Recommend – Extract Attack (1 Gallon/5 Gallon) (Purple Label)
  4. So at a minimum, you will need, Carpet Armour, Spoterizer and Extract Attack
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  6. For more information, you can read my Rug Cleaning and Care article

Types of Rugs

There are many different types of rugs but most will fall into the categories of area rugs, kitchen rugs, bedroom rugs, living room rugs, indoor/outdoor rugs, stair runners, and bathroom rugs.

Rugs have many different purposes and you will be surprised to find out how versatile rugs can actually be.

Rugs have many different purposes and you will be surprised to find out how versatile rugs can actually be.

Area rugs are defined as being a rug that covers only part of a floor. In the category of area rugs there are several types to look at. There are handmade rugs and machine made rugs, natural fibers and materials and synthetic rugs and they all have characteristics that will make them stand out in a crowd.

Hand Made v Machine Made Rugs

As far as handmade and machine made rugs go, they are pretty self-explanatory. Handmade rugs are made by a person while a machine made rug is made by a machine and are more widely produced.

A handmade rug that has recently caught my eye lately is this handmade felt ball rug. You can use it just about anywhere in the house and it also comes in colorful versions for kids. A beautiful hand made rug that is different and super comfy for the house.


These new handmade felt ball rugs come in a variety of sizes and can be used all over the home.

As you can see above, handmade rugs are more unique and known to be more of a custom made rug, since it’s nearly impossible for you to make something completely identical by hand and every person will make their rug in a different manner than another.

You will more often than not find that handmade rugs are made from more organic, safer materials compared to machine made rugs as they are produced at greater quantities.

Natural Fiber Rugs

Now, we can discuss natural fibers in rugs. What do you think of when you think of natural rugs? Sheepskin? Bamboo? Okay, what about Cow Skin?

The possibilities are astonishing when you think of how many choices you have in a rug before even having to consider buying an artificial synthetic fiber rug. Sea grass rugs are also a popular choice.

Below I will list the natural fibers most commonly used to make rugs.

Wool Rugs

Wool rugs are a popular choice for areas of high traffic because they are fairly resistant to stains and repel water well. A wool living room rug is pretty soft and feel nice under your feet but should not be used in an area of high humidity as they absorb it up and essentially break down because of it. Wool rugs are great for any room of the house, they are a light weight rug without being too heavy but still a nice fluffy rug for your toes.

Morrocon Souk Wool Rug

In love with this super fashionable, modern and soft Moroccan Souk Wool Rug. It’s 100% high pile and comes in a variety of sizes.

Many people choose a wool rug for the nursery, hallways or living room, where durability and stain resistance are of the most importance. Got a pet? Wool is also a great pet friendly rug. Read more of other things to look out for when buying a rug suitable for households with pets here.

Sea Grass Rugs, Jute Rugs and Sisal Rugs

The great thing about these rugs are that they are made of natural plant fibers and are overall pretty strong rugs to buy and are a pretty light rug too. The new fashion trend this year is to layer any seagrass rug, jute rug or sisal rugs with other rugs around the home, they are modern and affordable and add that little extra detail. People often buy seagrass rugs to make a room look more vintage style.


New fashion trend alert: Seagrass and Jute rugs are the new in thing when it comes to rug decor.

These rugs also shouldn’t be used in a humid area but work great for those with homes by the beach. Sea grass is one of the more appealing of the three as it is more pliable and feels better on the feet as it’s not very scratchy. Seagrass rugs are also one of the go to rugs to buy if you have a pet (read more on pet friendly rugs).

Sea grass rugs are also pretty easy to clean. Jute rugs are more firm and rough, not very comfortable and wouldn’t be ideal as a rug for a child or anywhere that you will be barefoot often. Sisal rugs are soft, durable and easy to dye and is a good choice for a bedroom.

Coir Rugs

Coir is made from coconut husks and is rather coarse and not as comfortable to walk on. It does give a nice rustic feel when used in decorating. Coir rugs are traditionally used as outdoor rugs and doormats but with the growing trend to bring the outdoor rugs inside, coir rugs are having the space in many people’s living rooms.

Coir rugs are durable enough to use in high traffic areas such as hallways and living rooms. Coir needs to be kept dry as it can fall apart and be destroyed easily by excessive moisture and can be discolored easily by spills.

Sheep Skin Rugs

Sheep skin rugs are very soft and plush. They also make wonderful decorations both on and off the floor. It is very common to find a sheep skin rug in a nursery or child’s bedroom, in fact if you were to ask my opinion, a sheepskin rug is one of the safest, most non-toxic and organic as a nursery or kids room rug (not to mention the most appealing and fashionable to finish off the look of the nursery room). Read more about nursery or kids rugs here.


Sheepskin rugs come in a variety of colors and sizes. A white sheepskin rug becomes a staple rug for many homes, in living rooms and bedrooms. However, a color alternative in grey isn’t so bad, isn’t it?!

They not only have their place in baby rooms, nursery and kids rooms, many adults use sheepskin rugs to place beside their beds or layer them in the living room areas aswell.

Sheepskin rugs are durable and don’t stain too easily. Sheep skin rugs are also a great rug for people who have allergies as they don’t build up dust as much as some other fibers (best rug for allergy sufferers).

Bamboo Rugs

Bamboo rugs aren’t like most rugs. In fact, they’re very different, and that is why I have bought an affordable bamboo rug myself. Just like the Seagrass and Jute rugs, Bamboo rugs are a new rug fashion trend that provide a clean and uncluttered look.

Bamboo rugs give a clean, modern and streamlined look in any living area of the house.

Bamboo rugs give a clean, modern and streamlined look in any living area of the house. They are very cheap and easy to clean. I would suggest buying one for warmer months of the year.

They won’t offer softness or cushiony plush under your toes but a bamboo rug is basically a wooden mat placed over an area, layered with other rugs to make your house look modern and clean cut. Bamboo rugs are also another must buy rug for anyone that has allergies. Lots of people like the way bamboo rugs look over tile, giving a more hardwood floor look. These rugs are also very durable and can last a long time even in higher traffic areas; and of course they are easy to clean. Sweep and wipe clean.

Cotton Rugs

You’ve seen them but probably haven’t noticed that the rug is made out of cotton. Cotton rugs are most often that flat pile rugs that are in a lot of kitchens. Above all, cotton rugs can sure take a beating. They’re durable and inexpensive with one of the only major downsides being that they are dirt magnets. Taking them outside and beating them can help with that, or using the vacuum on them. Cotton rugs are also pretty soft and can be cut in whatever shape and size desired.

Leather Rugs

Cow skin rugs, deer pelt rugs, bear skin rugs, if you can skin it there’s probably been a rug made from it at some point. These leather type rugs are very unique and offer a rustic feel to any area.

I personally love Cow Skin rugs. They are simple, elegant, light weight and can be layered like this picture with a Seagrass or Jute Rug underneath (remember how I said Seagrass was the new fashion trend above?)

I personally love Cow Skin rugs. They are simple, elegant, light weight and can be layered like this picture with a Seagrass or Jute Rug underneath (remember how I said Seagrass was the new fashion trend above?)

Some even use the skin rugs as a blanket as they are pretty warm. Depending on the animal, your rug could potentially be very soft. Sometimes, the strips of leather can be strung together to mimic the look of a shag rug. Leather rugs shouldn’t be kept in humid areas as this can damage the preservation of the skin or hide.

Silk Rugs

A Silk rug is a beautiful and luxurious option of natural fibered rugs. They are tear resistant and feel great on the skin. Silk rugs make excellent additions to bedrooms, however, they aren’t going to last as long as a wool rug since they lack durability and are very sensitive to moisture. Silk rugs are expensive and would be recommended for the bedroom of an adult so it can be properly cared for and has less chance of being destroyed, however if you buy your silk rug online you may be able to find more affordable options.

Chenille Rugs

A Chenille rug is a thick and heavy twisted yarn into a super soft and plush pile. These rugs are made to imitate the look and softness of silk and are great to use as a baby rug who will need a cozy spot to play and be on their bellies. With its softness, a chenille rug wouldn’t be recommended for an area of high traffic, but rather as a nice soft place to sit and enjoy how soft and plush it is.

Synthetic Fibers

Synthetic or manmade fiber rugs are commonly used to make rugs. While they aren’t for the naturalist, but they are still a very affordable rug to buy for the home, often one of the cheapest rugs to buy online. These rugs can be made to be stain resistant, waterproof, soft, rough, and even for as indoor and outdoor rug. The most common synthetic fibers used to make rugs are listed below.

Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, Acrylic Yarn Rugs

Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic and Olefin rugs are made to have a similar look to wool rugs. They are also rugs that are easy to clean and care for aswell as being very durable. They can also resist stains and handle heavy traffic areas. Synthetic rugs are cheaper imitations of natural fiber rugs and are easy to replace and change style in a room.

Heard of an Olefin rug, well this is what one looks like

Heard of an Olefin rug? This is what a rug made from Olefin looks like.

However, since they are not the real deal, you can’t expect the same feel as natural fiber rugs. You wouldn’t be needing to worry about taking these rugs to the dry cleaner for a simple clean up or even a major clean up, if something happens it’s much simpler to just replace. Synthetic fiber rugs are versatile and can be used in just about every room of the house without any issue.

Polypropylene Rugs

If you’ve never heard the name, you’ve heard the use. Polypropylene is the material that indoor/outdoor rugs are made of. These rugs are, as you can expect, very durable and able to take what life throws their way.

Shag rugs are an example of a polyprophylene rug.

Shag rugs are an example of a polyprophylene rug.

Rugs made our of Polypropylene are less bulky than nylon and can be crushed down over time but are an excellent choice for dining rooms, living rooms or general area rugs, as they are easy to clean, and are the most stain resistant and fade resistant rugs out there. These rugs aren’t just great for the dining room, but also for the children’s play room, where their strength can really be appreciated.

Bathroom Rugs

Most bathroom rugs are made entirely out of synthetic fibers so that they can withstand the humidity and moisture they will be subjected to. Kitchen rugs are commonly bathroom rugs but they don’t have to be!

Oriental Rugs

Those expensive oriental rugs, are rugs that are made in the eastern part of the world. They are very delicate and are most commonly woven by hand, some with and without pile. These rugs require special care and are not suggested for rooms where people will be walking all over them as this can damage them and make them lose their value and beauty.

Gabbeh Rugs

Gabbeh rugs are expensive hand woven rugs made of natural fibers found in the area they are from. Although a little pricier, they are becoming a huge trend in many countries.

Love color and want to spend a little more on a quality rug, maybe consider a Gabbeh rug

Love color and want to spend a little more on a quality rug, maybe consider a Gabbeh rug

These rugs are also commonly known as Persian rugs. There are many cheap imitations of these rugs dyed with chemicals and are usually made of cotton.

Runner Rugs (Hallway Rugs)

The rugs that you see on stairs or going down a hallway are runners. These rugs can vary in the materials they are made from and are made to high light an area and give a softer feel and traction as well.

Faux Fur Rugs

Faux fur rugs are made to look like the natural fibered rugs that are from animal hides, however, these rugs are made from synthetic materials, often dyed and are much less expensive and much less unique than actual fur rugs.

Rug Critic Final Word

With all the information about how many different rugs there are, it’s time to get decorating. Find the best household rug for you, this means finding the rug materials and type of rug you are looking for in your space, buy it and get started. There’s no rules outside of the basic rug cleaning and care instructions.

Do you want a wood themed bathroom? Then you go ahead and put that bamboo rug in there! Do you like the look and feel of cotton for the laundry room? Go ahead and put that in there then.

Rugs can be found in most any shape, size and color or pattern so you’re sure to find one that suits your personal style and tastes.