Why not unroll a little art under your feet?

Exotic loveliness: Found Moroccan Boucherouite from West Elm.

Area rugs not only add a decorative touch to a room but can also bring furniture together in open concept spaces, protect hardwood floors from pets and children, muffle noise and be soft underfoot for comfort.

The trend of the hand-spun, hand-dyed rug that celebrates the contemporary craftsman is all the rage in rugs, and not only in the upper price range where most of the big trends usually start.

Similar to how a special painting or sculpture will contribute to a room, a unique area rug will bring style and personality in a simple space.

Here’s a look at some of the fantastic and affordable area rugs following the handmade trends.

Tie-dye
Dyeing old carpets with saturated colour has been a popular way to renew the look of outdated rugs for a few years now. Black, white and grey neutrals are on trend for this season and CB2’s hand tufted wool carpet goes through a 36-step process to achieve the groovy tie-dyed effect. Tie-Dye Rug, $299/five-by-eight feet, CB2.

Exotic finds
There’s no need to travel halfway around the world to an exotic country in hopes of bringing back a souvenir rug. Known as ‘rag-rugs’ in Morocco, Boucherouite rugs are handcrafted from scraps of yarn for a one of a kind, exotic look and imported to North America. Handwoven from cotton and wool in classic Moroccan patterns. Found Moroccan Boucherouite Rug, $470/ four-by-seven feet, West Elm.

Thick and tufted
Not since the all-wool Chinese tufted carpet have we seen artful rugs so thick and comfortable underfoot. Clean lines and simplicity makes the three-quarter-inch thick Blue Hearts Chelsea rug durable and elegant. All wool with shimmering viscose accents helps to give a luxe appeal while absorbing noise and sound in style. Blue Hearts Chelsea Rug, $299/five-by-eight feet, HomeSav.com.

Modern medallion
It’s easy to find a fussy Persian-style rug with the medallion pattern but usually they are outdated in their look and colour. Grey is the colour of the season with simple exotic henna medallion motifs on 100 per cent New Zealand wool gives a modern spirit to an old idea. Korhani Medallion Rug, $900/ five-by-eight feet, Sears.



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