18 Types Of Area Rugs for Living Rooms, Bedrooms, Foyers, Bathrooms, Kitchens & More)

Hand tufted floral rug in recycled material.

Choosing the perfect area rugs for your home, while a big decision, can be relatively painless and fun.

We’ve decided to share our guide detailing the ins and outs of area rugs that any shopper will encounter on the quest for a fresh place to stand.

Our , is a hand tufted floral piece, crafted from recycled materials. We are here to help you find something as striking and personal as this piece, in your own chosen style.

With this guide, we break down the different types of rugs into manageable categories to help you find your unique best purchase,

Since most area rugs are available in a multitude of sizes, the decisions over shape, material, and craft technique are paramount when seeking one for your home.

Read on as we break down these categories into their most prominent types, sharing beautiful product examples for each entry.

Shape

The very first consideration you’ll want to take care of is the overall shape of your desired rug. Do you want to fill a specific space, like a hallway or corner? Do you want to center your furniture around a circular piece? These questions and more will help you choose the right shape for your home.

1. Rectangle

Rectangular shaped area rugs are by far the most common available. Borne in a dizzying variety of looks and materials, this venerable shape can be easily found in any style you prefer.

Rectangular shaped area rugs are by far the most common available. Borne in a dizzying variety of looks and materials, this venerable shape can be easily found in any style you prefer.

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2. Runner

Runner rugs are designed to line a hallway, to provide a clear walking path through a room, or simply fill any lengthy, narrow space.

Runner rugs are designed to line a hallway, to provide a clear walking path through a room, or simply fill any lengthy, narrow space.

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3. Round

Round rugs can be the perfect centerpiece on the floor of a living room, define the space next to a bed or sofa, or simply create a focal point in any space. This floral print example features a striped outer rim design.

Round rugs can be the perfect centerpiece on the floor of a living room, define the space next to a bed or sofa, or simply create a focal point in any space. This floral print example features a striped outer rim design.

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4. Square

Square rugs, like their rectangular brethren, appear in a wide multitude of styles and patterns. This shape can make its home filling a small room or occupying  any space near furniture or doorways.

Square rugs, like their rectangular brethren, appear in a wide multitude of styles and patterns. This shape can make its home filling a small room or occupying  any space near furniture or doorways.

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5. Oval

Oval shape often fills lengthy spaces in a room, but is more versatile in placement than rectangular models, with its lack of corners.

Oval shape often fills lengthy spaces in a room, but is more versatile in placement than rectangular models, with its lack of corners.

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6. Octagon

One of the more unique cuts of rug you’ll find, the octagonal shape fills a similar role to that of the round rug. With its sharp angles and straight sides, the octagon offers different placement opportunities.

One of the more unique cuts of rug you'll find, the octagonal shape fills a similar role to that of the round rug. With its sharp angles and straight sides, the octagon offers different placement opportunities.

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Material

The material your rug is comprised of makes a world of difference in its look and feel. Many materials can be crafted using several techniques, while others are specifically aligned with a specific type of rug build.

7. Wool

Wool, one of the most traditional of materials, can be seen in many varying types of rugs, in hand oven, shag, tufted, and more styles.

Wool, one of the most traditional of materials, can be seen in many varying types of rugs, in hand oven, shag, tufted, and more styles.

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8. Synthetic

Synthetic fibers are increasingly common in rugs, for both their malleability and resistance to stains. The material can be crafted into any shape, color, and pattern.

Synthetic fibers are increasingly common in rugs, for both their malleability and resistance to stains. The material can be crafted into any shape, color, and pattern.

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9. Jute

Jute is a plant based fiber that can be strung into strong threads, making for a strong rug. Our example features a close up picture of the jute texture.

Jute is a plant based fiber that can be strung into strong threads, making for a strong rug. Our example features a close up picture of the jute texture.

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10. Cotton

Cotton comprises the softest fibers you’re likely to find a rug in. Versatile, strong, and pliant, cotton rugs often make a great counterpoint to hardwood flooring, as in our example model.

Cotton comprises the softest fibers you're likely to find a rug in. Versatile, strong, and pliant, cotton rugs often make a great counterpoint to hardwood flooring, as in our example model.

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11. Silk

Silk gives a soft and luxurious touch to any piece of furniture it’s woven into. This particular rug features an intricate pattern in rectangle form.

Silk gives a soft and luxurious touch to any piece of furniture it's woven into. This particular rug features an intricate pattern in rectangle form.

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12. Acrylic

Acrylic is a plastic based material, often found in modern carpets and rugs. The fibers are stain resistant, strong, and can be dyed and patterned like cotton or wool.

Acrylic is a plastic based material, often found in modern carpets and rugs. The fibers are stain resistant, strong, and can be dyed and patterned like cotton or wool.

Technique

The crafting technique of your rug will define, possibly more than the material, how the rug feels on your feet. This is where the texture and surface detail comes in, and where patterns are formed. The technique is an important indicator of overall style and usage for any rug.

13. Woven

Hand-woven rugs used to be a household staple before modern manufacturing made pile the most popular approach. Woven rugs will often feature concentric circular patterns, with a thick texture. Our featured oval example holds a varying color pattern.

Hand-woven rugs used to be a household staple before modern manufacturing made pile the most popular approach. Woven rugs will often feature concentric circular patterns, with a thick texture. Our featured oval example holds a varying color pattern.

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14. Tufted

Tufted rugs utilize the most common manufacturing practice for carpets worldwide, with a pile injected into a backing material, which is itself bonded to a secondary backing material. These give a soft, plaint touch to the foot, and allow for a range of colors and patterns.

Tufted rugs utilize the most common manufacturing practice for carpets worldwide, with a pile injected into a backing material, which is itself bonded to a secondary backing material. These give a soft, plaint touch to the foot, and allow for a range of colors and patterns.

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15. Knotted

One of the most striking rug crafting techniques, knotting is achieved via artisans meticulously tying thousands of individual knots to form the rug surface. Our featured example boasts a galaxy of colors in its knotted leather construction.

One of the most striking rug crafting techniques, knotting is achieved via artisans meticulously tying thousands of individual knots to form the rug surface. Our featured example boasts a galaxy of colors in its knotted leather construction.

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16. Braided

Braided rugs area sub-category of woven designs, featuring a cross braided design in the weave. This makes for often intricate, highly detailed patterns. Our round example model features a bursting pinwheel of color that complements the shape.

Braided rugs area sub-category of woven designs, featuring a cross braided design in the weave. This makes for often intricate, highly detailed patterns. Our round example model features a bursting pinwheel of color that complements the shape.

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17. Shag

Shag rugs boast a long, thick shag that offers the ultimate in softness underfoot. These are dense rugs, great for softening the tone and walking space of any living room.

Shag rugs boast a long, thick shag that offers the ultimate in softness underfoot. These are dense rugs, great for softening the tone and walking space of any living room.

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18. Dhurrie

A dhurrie is a thick flat-woven rug used traditionally in India as floor-coverings. While technically separate from an actual rug, the dhurrie is most often used in the same manner, and counts for our purposes.

A dhurrie is a thick flat-woven rug used traditionally in India as floor-coverings. While technically separate from an actual rug, the dhurrie is most often used in the same manner, and counts for our purposes.

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