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Contemporary Area Rugs

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Contemporary Facts & Buying Guide

Buck the traditional with a contemporary rug!

All About Contemporary Rugs

Contemporary rug designs are characterized by the presence of contrasts, bold uses of color, and geometric or free-form elements. They’re considered architectural and modern, with plenty of influence from the art deco and arts and crafts periods. So while a contemporary rug design can be a nod to the past, the look and feel is very modern and forward thinking. Contemporary rugs bring a wide array of effective, creative, stylish ways to liven up spaces all around your home – from large open rooms to small spaces, as well as minimalist to heavily decorated spaces.

Materials Matter

What we think of as contemporary rugs are most commonly hand-tufted with acrylic materials, ensuring years of strong wear and tear. The pile height of our contemporary rugs generally run between 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch.

Room By Room

  • Add a sophisticated splash of color and design to an otherwise neutral room with a contemporary rug.
  • Use a contemporary rug to bring some energy to overlooked spaces like the stairs, mudroom, or laundry room.
  • Pair an acrylic or glass coffee table with a vibrant contemporary rug in the living room for a super modern look.
  • Many contemporary rugs are a work of art by themselves; a good reason to have one as the focal point of a space.

Color And Pattern

Contemporary rugs are available in a spectrum of colors and variety of styles, from bright and bold to organic and neutral, and can bring fresh energy and personality to any room they're placed in. Choose from a myriad of shapes and sizes to find the perfect option for your own unique needs. The majority of our selection of contemporary rugs lie within the black, grey, blue, and brown range, while shapes are mainly rectangular and round. Of course, some other colors and shapes are also available.

Caring For And Cleaning Your Contemporary Rug

  • Vacuum your area rugs just as often as you vacuum wall-to-wall carpet to eliminate excess dirt.
  • If you have a fringed rug be careful not to vacuum the area, as this could be damaging.
  • If your vacuum has a rug setting (which stops the rollers from spinning and just uses suction) use this option.
  • Brush up any loose hair on the bathroom rug or pet hair on area rugs before vacuuming by going in the same direction as the nap.
  • Rotate your area rugs a couple of times a year to avoid wear and fading from traffic and sunlight.
  • Give smaller rugs a good shake outside to remove dirt and grime.

Finding Your Perfect Contemporary Rug

  • Build the entire design of a room around the colors of a favorite contemporary rug.
  • If you fall for a brightly colored contemporary rug, keep other large elements – like furniture – neutral.
  • Adding a contemporary rug to a large space? Go with blue or green as they're the least overwhelming visually.
  • Contemporary rugs are perfect for households with pets and small children because they hide dirt and stains exceptionally well.
  • If you're style is especially bold, consider choosing one color from your rug and creating a monochromatic room around it.

Contemporary rugs are available in a large variety, so you may want to use some filters while searching for your perfect one. If you're at a loss, here are some shortcuts to get started:

  • Begin with an idea of where you'll be using your contemporary rug, that will help determine which material is the best fit
  • Decide what size area rug will best fit the space and narrow your search down further
  • Which shape will amplify the room – rectangular, round, or something else?
  • Color and construction options can also be filtered: try starting with blue or gray, machine-made or hand-tufted. Have something else in mind? Give our filters a go!
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