Rugs are a fantastic way to add colour, pattern and texture to a room. But come the cold winter mornings and evenings, rugs need to do more than just look decorative. So here’s my pick of six of the best contemporary rugs that will keep chilly toes warm and toasty as well as make your home look cosy and inviting this winter:
These beautiful Hayden Geometric Carved Wool Rugs give you the best of all worlds. Deep, luxurious wool pile to sink your toes into. A choice of 3 contemporary colours – blush pink, mustard yellow or classic grey. And this stunning 3D carved finish that give you the interest of textured pattern in a plain rug. Genius.
Above is an updated (and very affordable) version of the traditional Berber Beni Ourain rug from MADE. This soft and shaggy Ayla Rug is made from 100% wool, just the thing for keeping toes warm and toasty.The equivalent of a chunky, woolly jumper for the feet, the sleeve-shaped GAN Mangas MM3 wool rug by Gandia Blasco from Heal’s combines knitted textures with contemporary colour. Designed by Spanish architect and product designer, Patricia Urquiola for Gandia Blasco, the Mangas collection includes runners, rugs and three sizes of pouf.
This fabulously thick, 0ff-white Sheepskin Rug from Habitat, above, comes in 2 sizes. The Quarto size is a luxuriously large 110 cm x 180 cm and the smaller version is 57 cm x 95 cm – just the thing for the side of the bed to sink your toes into first thing on cold mornings.
The Silje Rug by Danish design brand Linie Designs is made by traditional methods – skillfully handtufted in pure wool so it’s durable and soft underfoot. But the design and colourway couldn’t be more contemporary, with this geometric design in soft shades of pink, grey and blue
And to round off our top picks of cosy, contemporary rugs, below is a Greek Flokati Rug, with its characteristic long, curly pile.
It’s available from John Lewis in four sizes and in fact I bought one of these recently, not having known much about this type of rug until then. Flokati rugs are handmade shag wool rugs, traditionally made by the Vlachs peoples of the Pindus mountains of northern Greece.
The natural colour of a flokati rug is off-white and the entire rug is wool, including the backing from which the tapered shag emerges. After the rug is woven, it is placed in the cold water of a river to fluff the shag.
The beauty of Flokati rugs is that they are lightweight and therefore machine washable. Although I’ve yet to dare to do this, I’m told they come up a treat! I should also mention that Flokati rugs do have a tendency to shed, especially when new – it’s kind of half rug, half pet. But I love its fluffy, natural texture, and I chose it because it’s not in an area that gets a huge amount of traffic, which keeps shedding to a minimum.
Whatever your interior style, stay warm this winter!
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