Consider function first. Will there be kids, pets or high traffic? Once requirements are clear, then focus on aesthetics.
—Susan Gulick, Susan Gulick Interiors
A rug should not only look good but also feel great. Wool, bamboo, silk and even chenille are typically very soft
—Paola Martinez McDonald, Olamar Interiors, LLC
Your carpet may make a great statement piece. A wall-to-wall rug cut and bound with a contrast border can be a perfect choice.
—Lori Duval, J&L Interiors
Layering is hot and can add interest as different textures and colors play off each other. Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
—Charlene Kennerknecht, Monarch Design
Wool is versatile and durable. It works in virtually any room and can add impact with color and interesting patterns.
—Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio
Area rugs come in different qualities: hand-knotted, hand-tufted and machine- made. After deciding on your budget, the pattern, color, and style will dictate a perfect solution.
—Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID, Fitzsimmons Design Associates, Inc.
Carpets that make a statement
The hand-woven Runic rug blends New Zealand wool and cotton.
The hand-knotted, wool-and-silk Maple rug celebrates nature.
The Elizabeth Blue indoor/outdoor weave is made of recycled plastic bottles.