How to Choose the Right Rug

The right rug will pull a room together, and is something you can keep for years. (The Longworth I wool rug, above, is from Edward Fields.)CreditAndrew Bordwin

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A boldly patterned rug can serve as the defining feature of a living area. (The Bridge hand-knotted wool rug, above, is from the Rug Company.)

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For a living room in Wilton, Conn., Carrier and Company layered an antique Persian rug over a larger sisal rug.CreditSam Frost

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All the living room furniture in a home in Cartagena, Colombia, designed by Richard Mishaan, sits on a large wool Sandeep rug from Patterson Flynn Martin.CreditRoger Davis
Celerie Kemble designed the Catalyst wool-and-linen rug for Merida, and used it as a feature element in a home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.CreditBrittany Ambridge

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A custom-designed wool rug anchors a seating area in a modernist house in New Canaan, Conn., with interiors by Carrier and Company. CreditEric Piasecki

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A Brink Ivory wool-and-silk rug by Kelly Wearstler for the Rug Company extends under the front feet of a sofa, while smaller objects, like the end table and floor lamp, sit on the bare wood floor for stability.

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The Akimbo I wool-and-silk rug from Edward Fields takes center stage in a small sunroom.CreditAndrew Bordwin

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