The layered rug trend has been building for a couple years now, and I’m a big fan. Not only does this look add texture and visual interest to a scheme, but it’s actually practical, too.
Area rugs, in order to sufficiently “zone” a space, should be large. As in, larger than you might think (I’m telling you, 5 x 7 is a friend to no one). So what’s with all these shops selling teeny-tiny rugs these days? I feel like everywhere I look, there are interesting, colourful, patterned rugs that are otherwise lovely, but just too darn small.
Enter the layered look. By throwing one of those bijoux beauties down on top of a larger, plainer (and cheaper) rug, you get extra floor coverage, while using what you’ve got already. To achieve a layered look which is eclectic without veering into harem, there’s a rough formula to keep in mind.
The base layer defines the space as a whole. In a dining room or bedroom, this would cover most of the floor. In a living room, it might be centered around the main seating area.
Keep the base rug simple and low-pile, in either a solid colour or a very small pattern. Many designers use natural textures like jute or sisal for the base layer; it’s extremely cost-effective, reads like a neutral in most settings, and provides a great backdrop to colour and pattern.
The second layer punctuates a specific zone. Often, as in the dining room in the first image, this is the exact same space as the first rug occupies, in which case the rugs will simply be centred on top of one another. In larger rooms with more specific areas, like the living rooms above and below, the second rug acts as an anchor for a certain function within the larger space. Depending on how large and multi-function the room is, there might be several “second rugs”.
Choosing the second layer is where the fun begins: Turkish kilims, Moroccan wedding blankets, animal hides and modern pieces are all great options. At this stage, the more you vary the sizes, patterns and shapes, the more eclectic the look becomes.
What do you think of this look? Have you tried it in your home? Would you?