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10 Best Area Rugs for 2021

It's the element that really ties a room together — take the floor with these 10 amazing area rugs.

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Family Handyman Getaway The Curated Nomad Belden Multicolor Indoor Outdoor RugFamily Handyman 

Getaway Area Rug 1

The Getaway, Family Handyman’s modern second home in Weyerhauser, Wisconsin, needed the right gear for cabin life. That made this bright and bold bohemian indoor/outdoor rug a perfect choice.

The durable polypropylene stands up to foot traffic and frequent washings — a necessity when sandy feet, dirty boots and muddy paws abound. Plus, the abstract pattern and bright colors help hide stains and dirt until cleanup time, when you can hose off this area rug outside.

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Family Handyman Getaway Artistic Weavers Joel Mod Black Ivory Ombre Geometric Stripe Area RugFamily Handyman 

Getaway Area Rug 2

Something about this mid-century-inspired black-and-white graphic rug evokes a Zen garden, perfect for setting a serene cabin scene. The durable, stain- and pet-resistant polypropylene material is a must where everyone tracks the great outdoors indoors. And the polished pattern doesn’t sacrifice style for functionality.

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Johnathan Adler Statement Snake Rugvia ruggable.com

Best Washable Area Rug

Ruggable made a splash on the area rug scene with a patented two-part design — rug pad and rug cover — that is washable, stain-resistant and water-resistant. The rug cover fits in a standard washing machine and the rug pad can be spot-cleaned with soap and water.

Now they’ve got a bright new collaboration with designer Jonathan Adler, known for his cheeky, bold designs. This statement snake rug comes in a beautiful, trending emerald green or a deep, sink-in-able navy. It will turn heads wherever you lay it.

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Ikea Cowhide Rugvia ikea.com

Best Cowhide Area Rug

The Koldby cowhide area rug from Ikea is a hands-down winner, judging by its 4.7 star rating on the Ikea web site and its popularity on social media. Popularized with mid-century modern furniture, cowhide rugs have expanded into other décor styles, including modern farmhouse or traditional interiors. It’s also wildly affordable, making it an easy decision.

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Ikea Kids Colorful Rugvia ikea.com

Best Kids Area Rug

Bright and happy with a rainbow of color in its striped pattern, the 100 percent wool flatweave Halved rug from Ikea is a sure bet for a kids room. Each rug is handmade by skilled craftspeople in India, who work at organized weaving centers. Bonus: It deadens the sound of Lego bricks dumped out of a bucket onto the floor.

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Flor In The Deep Zig Zag Rugvia flor.com

Best Modular Area Rug

Flor revolutionized the rug world by providing modular squares that could be arranged in any way, shape or form. This is not only a boon to the burgeoning DIY market, but also to those looking to customize their rug — the sky’s the limit on designs.

This black-and-white zigzag shag from their In the Deep line is striking, bold, graphic and unforgettable. Plus, if one square falls victim to a sick pet or nasty spill, you only need to reorder a replacement for that one square. Brilliant.

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West Elm Moroccan Style Rugvia westelm.com

Best Minimal Area Rug

This Geo Border Moroccan-style flat-weave rug from West Elm is pretty as a picture. Its delicate woven border is reminiscent of a frame, creating a picture of your living space and allowing your furnishings to shine. Gorgeous in navy or burnt orange, this durable, wool-and-cotton rug, made in a fair trade facility, will make a statement without overwhelming the room.

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Cb2 Black And White Outdoor Rugvia cb2.com

Best Outdoor Area Rug

This bold black-and-white offset stripe is chic and easy to clean, needing just a vacuum, spot clean or garden hose. Made from recycled plastic bottles, this rug is durable and colorfast.

The style recalls the vibe of French mid-century beach culture and pairs perfectly with various outdoor furnishings, but especially rattan. This outdoor area rug easily creates a defined outdoor space on a patio, pergola floor or near the pool.

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Colorful Geometric Area Rugvia wayfair.com

Best Geometric Area Rug

Inject fun, color and something unexpected with this multi-colored post-modern geometric rug. Let loose with a blend of chevron, stripes and checks in hand-tufted New Zealand wool.

The energy is just right for a teen’s room or a creative’s home office. This area rug could really pop with some post-modern geometric furniture, too, which is ripe for a style revival.

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Flokati Shag Area Rugvia FlokatiShag/etsy.com

Best Flokati Area Rug

Some good things came out of ’70s design. For instance, there is nothing like 4-1/2-inches of lofty, 100 percent wool underfoot. The warmth, the coziness! The wild, woolly, shaggy flokati!

Esty.com reviewers rave about the affordable price and the luxuriousness of the material, which works as well in a sitting room as a sanctuary bedroom. Imagine that’s the first thing your bare feet touch every morning. Bliss.

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Katie Dohman
Katie Dohman is an award-winning freelance writer who has written about home, design, and lifestyle topics for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured in Artful Living, Midwest Home, Star Tribune, and Teen Vogue, among many others. She is currently living her own how-to story as she and her husband work through a complete gut remodel on their 1921 home—while parenting three tiny tots and dodging their dog and cat, who always seem to be underfoot.

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