So picking a rug for our living rug was a lengthy, well-thought out process for me. And because this sort of thing interests me (the ideas/principles behind people's design choices), I thought I'd document the story of how I chose our living room rug.
My original dream was a beautiful persian rug (like I talked about here). I even scoured eBay for months, but everything I loved was very vibrant with tons of pattern. In the end, I felt like it would clash with our current living room chairs and make our room feel super busy. So I put that dream on the shelf for now and started a fresh search.
My stipulations were that the rug needed to:
1) Brighten the room (between our rental's medium/dark hardwood floors and taupe walls it all just felt dark)
2) Be kid-friendly (soft not scratchy and hides dirt)
3) Have variation but not be busy.
4) Work with our current sofa and a future leather one (like this dream one :))
With these requirements in mind, I decided to go for a blue rug. We have blue in our chairs and it just seems like an around versatile color that I have always loved. I wear blue, I'm drawn to blue artwork, blue can be masculine or feminine, blue can feel like a neutral etc. etc.
I also decided I wanted 100% wool as I was buying online and just wanted to be sure that I would like the texture/feel/quality.
Finally, I wanted an 8 x10 size (see these awesome tips on finding the right rug size for your space) and my goal was to find something under $350. If you've ever searched for a large area rug, you'll know that finding something (especially 100% wool) under $350 is near impossible. Luckily, I was planning to buy with Black Friday sales but even then it was a stretch.
So here were all the options I first considered (these range largely in price):
Zara Home 5x7 for I think $700 (sadly, no longer available)
2. Safavieh Vintage Turquoise/Multi Viscose Rug, 7.6x10.6 for $419.99 (no longer available but similar here)
3. Abacasa Vintage Vintage Blue/White Blue Rug, 8x10 for $750 (Although RugsUSA.com always has 75% off sales)
4. Safavieh Handwoven Moroccan Reversible Dhurries Dark Blue/Ivory Wool Rug, 6x9 for $226.94 (Side note: I just saw this rug in a kids room and loved it in that type of space, see here)Mudhut Beaded Flatwoven Stripe Area Rug, 7x10 for $289.99
6. LoLoi Rugs Anzio AO-01, 7.9x9.9 for $529.00
Rugs USA Tuscan Viga Chevron Denim Rug (currently out of stock but similar here)
8. Rugs USA Satara Marrakesh Trellis Blue Rain Rug, 7.6x9.6 and $918 (but currently 75% off that price)
Surya Smithsonian SMI2113 Ivory Rug, 8x11 for $1927.20 (currently out of stock but kinda similar here)
10. Deco Scallop Area Rug, 7x10 for $199.99
Vines Wool Rug, 8x10 for $749
12. Safavieh Contemporary Safavieh Handwoven Moroccan Reversible Dhurrie Blue/Ivory Wool Rug, 9x12 for $402.04
If price and size weren't an issue I'd take #1 in a heartbeat. And if price and messy babies weren't a factor then I'd choose #9.
All of these are great options though but I just couldn't settle on anything. Then I found these photos, which took my search in a whole new direction:
So I started my hunt over.
The rugs used in the living rooms above are these and they were definitely out of the price range but a good reference point:
Loloi Luxe Lx-01 Blue Steel Area Rug, 7.6x9.6 for $1609 (currently on sale though for $1289)
14. Loloi Byron Blueston Area Rug, 7.9x7.9 for $4389 (currently on sale for $3809)
So my search for more affordable options landed me on these:
15. Gabbeh Hand-tufted Blue Rug, 7.6x9 for $477.99
16. Waverly Grand Suite by Nourison Ocean Wool Area Rug, 8x10.6 for $373.65Trends Denim Loft Wool Rug, 8x11 for $469.99
18. Handmade Solid Pattern Blue Wool/Art Silk Rug, 8x10 for $625.59
I was starting to lean towards the look of 18 (although it's looking more gray here than it does on the real website) because I thought going a little lighter would help contrast to our darker floors. The inspiration pictures had much lighter hardwood floors than we do. Of course though the one that I was liking was the most expensive ;)
I was just about to give up and let the Black Friday sales pass us by when I came across this rug:
Safavieh Loomed Knotted Himalayan Solid Blue Wool Rug, 8x10 for $325.54
There was only one photo on the website so I couldn't really tell what the rug looked like. I was a little worried that it would be totally solid. I read the few customer reviews the rug had and the reviewers said they were expecting a solid rug but were surprised when it showed up with some variation of white and gray speckled in. That convinced me enough (plus I just really wanted to be done rug searching) so I bought it and held my breath til it came.
I was nervous as I opened it but when I had it all laid out with the furniture on top, I breathed a big sigh of relief.
-I love the color. I'm so glad that I went a little lighter than the navy blue I thought I wanted. The variation is really subtle but gives the rug a nice texture.
-The rug is soft and awesome to sit/play on with Eleanor
-It sheds like crazy! I was expecting shedding with a 100% wool rug so I'm not surprised, but it has been a pain. Everything I read said to expect shedding for the first 3 months but after that it stops. So fingers crossed, the shedding stops soon.
-A small part of me wishes we had gone even bigger to a 9x12. All of our furniture has at least its front legs on the rug so it works, but I think bigger would have made our small, narrow space feel larger.
In the end, my indecision and general over-thinking paid off because the rug we ended up with (and really like) was wildly different than the first initial rugs I considered :)
Good luck to any of you who are on your own "great rug hunt." It's a grueling selection process but hopefully it's worth it in the end for you and you find something you really like!