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Layering Rugs

Layering Rugs -How to Master This Hot Trend

Rugs make a room look rich and warm. Layering rugs is a trend that adds even more warmth and unique style to the room. Lots of interior designers layer rugs in their own homes. Just and you'll see this trend in action. 

Who layers their rugs?

One of my favorite ways to get inspired online is to follow interior designers and design bloggers. For layering area rugs inspiration, go check out the Instagrams of the following interior designers. 




I love how she puts a shag rug on top of a shorter looped rug. In fact, she uses this texture difference throughout her entire room. It keeps your eyes entertained. And by making the differences in the textures, your eyes are not overwhelmed by too many colors either. 




Amazing use of layering lots of smaller rugs in the same room. She is the queen of the eclectic look. She was able to get away with using multiple rugs by keeping them all in the same color family. I love how they are all faded and vintage rugs. Then, she used this color palette around the room on her bookshelf and furniture. 




Look at the mixing of patterns! She went bold with the colors and patterns in this room! I just love the chevron underneath the red traditional rug. You are hard-pressed to find a repeated pattern anywhere in this room. 

Why Layer Rugs?

Layering rugs has many beauty as well as logical benefits. The technique absorbs sound, shows off rug designs, and adds warmth to the room. 

Sound Barriers

When a room has no fabrics, the echoes are terrible.  Adding carpet and drapes absorbs the sounds. Each additional rug adds more sound absorbing power. This creates a more intimate space for conversations. 


Shows Off the Rug Designs

When you follow our design tips (that I shared below) the intricate designs of oriental rugs really pops! 

The simple act of layering rugs adds interest and depth to the room's decor. This brings attention to each rug - especially the rug on the top. 

To enhance the power of your top rug's design, always make the bottom rug a neutral color and the top, small rug, a vibrant and bold one

Adds Warmth To The Room

Every layered rugs living room adds more warmth to your place.  Add a silky, luxurious shag rug on top of a shorter neutral rug and your feet will feel so happy! 

How To Layer Rugs?

Now that you know why you should be layering your rugs, lets get into how to do it! This trend is so easy to do. The following tips are just places to start. Once you begin experimenting with rug layering, you will find the look you love. 

Start With An Oversized Rug

An oversized rug is the perfect first layer. You could also start with wall to wall carpet. Just make sure the bottom rug is larger than the area where the furniture is sitting. The closer the carpet is to the walls, the better. This will show off the top rug better. 



Laura has a very large rug under her entire sectional and chairs. Then, the smaller rug is offset. This design is incredibly appealing and a beautiful way to layer rugs. 

Make Sure Base Rug is Neutral

When you use a neutral-colored bottom rug, the top layer can be that essential pop of color that makes interior designers smile.  

If you want to use a colorful bottom rug, then make sure the top one compliments the other one.  In fact, I am always using this color combinations cheat sheet when I decorate. 

Quick Tip: Neutral Soumak rugs are best as bottom rugs.

Make the Top Rug Pop

When you have an amazing rug on the top, you want it to shine! You want people to notice this rug. Our hand knotted rugs have intricate details that make excellent top layer rugs. 

You can make this top rug really pop by buying thinking of texture and color. 

Texture - put a shag rug on top of a short piled rug. Not only does this really make the room extra comfy, but the different piles bring out the designs on the rug. 

Color - choose an overdyed with a neutral faded color. We use all natural vegetable dyes that don't bleed or transfer. So go bold! Your color will stay where it should - on the rug. 


As you can see in Erin's post, her red rug pops underneath the neutral rugs beneath it. I also really enjoy how she set the rugs in different orientations around each other. 

Decide Which Design Profile to Follow

It is so much easier to design a room when you have a big picture in mind. A few of my favorite design profiles are modern farmhouse, eclectic, and art deco. There are so many out there, what are you favorite profiles to follow?

Neutrals / Modern Farmhouse

 The is super popular right now on Instagram. These rooms tend to have more neutrals and whites. In these rooms, oriental rugs that are more muted will work best. 


This is one of my favorites! You can read our complete analysis of eclectic decor on our blog post. Go with huge pops of color! You can even layer rugs in a variety of shapes and styles. 

For eclectic and boho decor, choose busier prints like the Ikat or the Chobi Ziegler. 

Art Deco

Art Deco began in the roaring 20s and is still around today. When you are a fan of art deco, you like black and white decor and furniture from around the world. Traditional prints like Bokhara will be best in Art Deco rooms. 

Use Furniture Sparingly

Layering rugs works amazing in all room sizes. But if you have a small room, layering rugs means you don't need extra furniture in the room too. It's a fantastic way to make a room look larger than it is. 

In fact, when you layer rugs, let the rugs set the entire mood for the room. Sometimes too much furniture can either clutter up the space or even cover up the rugs. 

Ottomans and glass top tables are excellent choices because they are minimalist. 

Buy Your Oriental Rugs At Low Prices

Always shop online at factory direct prices. When you buy with free shipping, you can afford to get multiple rugs for every room. 

Almost all wool oriental rugs in showrooms are priced with the upkeep of the showroom and sales employees salaries in mind.  At, we sell our rugs at factory-direct prices. The prices listed in our online store show retail price and then our price. You can see how much you are saving, right on your screen. 

Read more about how much you should pay for an oriental rug.

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