19 of the coolest area rugs you’ve ever seen

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coolest rugs everThose cool colorful pieces of art pictured up there? Yeah, those are rugs. Awesome, right!?

I’m currently looking to replace my worn-out-but-still-awesome-but-also-kinda-stinky living room rug, and while searching for an area rug replacement, I’ve stumbled upon some of the coolest rugs I’ve ever seen.

I’ve found goth rugs, rugs made from rags, rugs for nerds, punk rock rugs, a rug with a time travel theme, and even something called a Pop Art Jazz Rug. Pull up a chair, take off your shoes, and get a feel for these rugs…

Multicolored Rag Rug
Multicolored Rag Rug
Skull and crossbones rug
Skull and crossbones rug
Sugar skull rug
Or maybe you’re more of a sugar skull rug person.

Key to My Hearth Rug – 4×6 from ModCloth
Diamonds Are Floor-ever Rug 4×6 from ModCloth
Bungalow and Behold Rug – 4×6 from ModCloth
Porch and Starboard Rug from ModCloth
The Time Traveler’s Life Rug – 4×6 from ModCloth
Rainbow Abode Rug – 3×5 from ModCloth
This one might be “the one” — it’s a reversible indoor/outdoor rug.
Star Trek rug!
Star Trek rug!
This is the Han Solo frozen in carbonite rug you've been looking for.
This is the Han Solo frozen in carbonite rug you’ve been looking for.
Cowhide rug in fuchsia.
Cowhide rug in fuchsia.
Punk rock rug runner and area rug.
Punk rock rug runner and area rug.
Loloi Rugs Jubilee Rug
Loloi Rugs Jubilee Rug
Calypso Hand-tufted area rugs in bright pink and blue.
Calypso Hand-tufted area rugs in bright pink and blue.
Mystique Gabbeh rug
Mystique Gabbeh rug
Ecarpetgallery Pop Art Jazz Rug
Ecarpetgallery Pop Art Jazz Rug

My rug-lust has made me rug-curious about all my readers. What does your area rug look like? Extra points if you have pictures or links.

Comments on 19 of the coolest area rugs you’ve ever seen

  1. Oh man, those rag rugs in the first picture? You can buy smaller ones for super cheap and sew them together to make one big area rug. That’s what I have going on in my living room, and I love it. I went for the artsy “these seams are super-exposed and there’s nothing you can do about it” look (to hide my negligable sewing skills).

    • Yeah. I’ve gotten them at Walmart for about a dollar each in my area, a little bit smaller than the listed one but I like the idea of sewing them together.

    • I did kinda the opposite – needed a long rug for the hallway, so I bought a wide rag rug, cut it right down the middle, stitched up the edges so they wouldn’t unravel, and viola! Awesome hallway rug for my cats to run all over and knock out of place all day!

    • i got a big one of those for $10 in south america when i was a teenager – i used it as my quilt/comforter on my bed for many, many years. even at retail prices, i suspect it’s among the cheapest “quilts” you could find. and so comfy (heavy + soft).

  2. Another option, especially if you have indoor pets and small kids (like we did) which can be hard on rugs… go to the rug section at Lowes (or I guess any home improvement store, we only have Lowes in our small town) and there will be carpet remnants – we got an 8×12 plush grey carpet rug with a cool block pattern for less than $80 (and the seams are nice too, not just jagged cuts like normal carpet remnants) – after a few years, from the kids and pets (our living room is the room everyone hangs out in, on the floor!), we just go get another one and leave the bottom one as padding…. they have new ones to choose from every week, so if you dont like the color/texture of whats in store, come back in a week and look again… 🙂

  3. I really dig those Rainbow Abode rugs (though a little past my price point!) – it feels like something that I would want to dig my feet into!

  4. We have a rug similar to the rag rug, except that ours is made from sari remnants. We bought it at Ten Thousand Villages so I feel good about the purchase, and bonus: it has a high silk content. If I fall asleep on the couch and it’s cold and I’m too lazy to go find another blanket…well, the rug is comfy and warm. DON’T JUDGE, Canadian winters make people do odd things.

    • I love Ten Thousand Villages! I once volunteered at a place where they put all the tags on the items.

  5. You know, I’d never noticed that Modcloth had homewares. I’m not sure if I’m grateful to or mad at you guys for illuminating me, but what has been seen cannot be unseen!

  6. the fact that the loloi rug does not ship to Canada (and it is a steal at the sale price) is killing me….

  7. I’m just commenting to point out that the fuchsia cowhide rug is SO from the Sims. And I want it. Even though it would go with nothing in my house. That is all.

    Thanks for the rug links!

  8. ..on the indoor/outdoor rug: we had one like this for our balcony and it was very cool to have, UNTIL in the second summer it startet to dissolve into tiny tiny plastic pieces that ended up everywhere. i was so sad to see it go. 🙁

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