Shag is great for small rugs and runners, but it's also an excellent style element for larger rugs. An 8x10 shag rug is a great way to complete almost any space while adding a sense of fun and luxury.
Why Do We Love Shag Rugs?
While the hippies may have made shag rugs popular in the 70s, the interior design industry has seen their popularity evolve from counter-culture-only to mainstream hip. No longer for smoky basements and funky dens, shag rugs have complemented the pages of high-end interior design magazines since the millennium. They offer the perfect splash of vintage flare, and work in almost any interior design style. And, of course"?they're super cozy and soft. What's not to love?
What Makes a Shag a Shag?
Shag rugs are distinguished by their long pile, ranging from 1 to 3 inches. While "shag"? is used as a catch-all term for long-pile rugs, they vary widely in texture, material, and style.
Natural Fiber Shag Rugs
Natural fiber shag rugs are usually wool. They come in three distinct textures: Flokati, noodle, and shaggy.
Flokati shag rugs are traditionally hand-woven from wool"?they have a fluffy texture that's positively dreamy.
Noodle shag rugs have thick fibers, for a chunky, soft texture.
Shaggy shag rugs have thin, stringy fibers, for a funky, eclectic look.
Another natural fiber shag is the leather shag rug, which makes a serious statement.
Acrylic and Synthetic Fiber Shag Rugs
These shags may be slightly easier to care for, and you may find them in brighter colors"?but be warned: they may be more flammable, and generally aren't built to last.
Endless Color Options
You can find almost any color 8x10 shag rug"?here are just a few color notes to spark your imagination:
White, cream, and ivory shag rugs: cloudlike, opulent, and glamorous
Royal blue, navy, and emerald: oceanic, calming, invoking the harmony of nature
Grey and beige: perfect for adding texture to a neutral color scheme