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Trending Interior Designs

Monday, January 4, 2016 1:40:52 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you spend a lot of time on Pinterest and Instagram browsing through gorgeous pics of homes, it might be a bit tempting to imagine that we live in a place where trends are something from days gone by.  This is totally untrue though.  If you look very closely, you will see some common themes in all of these pics.  Let’s take a quick peek at the trends in décor will be for this season and don’t be too surprised if you begin to see some of these things in your feed.

Bold Patterns

Chevrons will continue to be in style although graphic prints on a large scale, abstract patterns and florals will be adding impact to your upholstered accessories and pieces.  Sometimes though, even the most classic of patterns can make a big splash.  Thin striped fabrics for wall coverings or for furniture upholstery.

Make a Statement with Lighting

At this point in time, there are some great things going on in the lighting industry.  There is a resurgence in simple and clean pieces, but there is also a trend for modern fixtures.  There are large metallic orbs that turn out to be translucent when the light is turned on.  These are amazing.  Besides, is there really a better way to accessorize a room than to use accessories?  Also, is there anyone who doesn’t love a bit of mood lighting?

Details

Having a skirt that is well tailored is more than just a staple in a chic wardrobe.  On a furnishing that is upholstered, it is more of a flourish that gives the effect of a refined look.  That being said, this isn’t the only dressmaker type of detail that you should be keeping in your sight this season.  Think fringe, gimps and pleats here.

Made in America

This is a trend that has actually turned into a movement.  More and more designers are supporting local brands and workshops that make their products right here in the good old USA.  Many designers will use a piece or two that has been made by an artist or artisan as opposed to getting something that has been mass produced.  It doesn’t matter if it is an upholstered chair, fabric on pillows that has been handwoven or just a piece of pottery.  This unique items will make any space feel special.  And of course there is the added bonus of supporting your local artisans.

Natural Area Rugs

Getting a natural area rug, such as one made from jute, sisal or seagrass can instantly make a huge impact on the room or space where you place it.  These rugs come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes.  It is a great way to change the look and feel of a room quickly and easily.

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Rugs Over Carpet: How to Layer

Friday, December 4, 2015 2:57:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Layering your area rugs is a trendy way in which you can experiment with colors and textures.  That said, it can be something that is tricky to get right.  When you want to layer your area rugs, it is critically important to find those colors and textures that will work in harmony as opposed to clashing with one another.  Doing this will make the layering look like something that is intentional and will add a style that is unique to rooms or spaces that were previously bland.  If you want the great look of layered rugs, here are a few tips to follow.

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  1. Find and stick to a color scheme.  When you layer area rugs (even natural ones), they look best when you combine a few that have similar colors.  The goal here is to make the rugs, even though they are layered, look like a single unit on your floor.  You also don’t want them to appear to be in competition with the furniture.  Neutral colors, such as what you find in many natural area rugs, work very well due to the fact that they are easily mixed while not becoming overwhelming to the overall look of the room.  For this very reason, area rugs made from things like seagrass, jute and sisal are great for layering.
  2. Don’t be afraid to mix the textures.  One of the key elements to making rug layering work is in the mixture of the textures.  This can serve to make the decorating seem to be intentional while it can also bring depth to the space.  Just remember that the rugs need to balance each other out as opposed to competing for attention.
  3. Don’t forget about proportions.  When you layer a small rug on top of a giant one, the result will be that it looks strange.  The only time this really works is when you layer a small rug on top of wall to wall carpet.  In general, you should look for rugs that are close to each other in size. 
  4.  Play with the patterns.  You can remix a more traditional look by making a type of patchwork pattern using smaller rugs.  When you layer a lot of small rugs in such a way that they barely overlap each other, you get the look of a large rug with a unique pattern.  Don’t worry about mixing patterns, just as long as you remember that they need to have a color scheme in common.
  5. Have fun with the shapes.  The accent rug that you place on top of your carpet can be any shape…remember that.  You could even layer a rectangle rug over your carpet and then place a cowhide rug on the top of that if you like.
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How to Shop for Pet Friendly Rugs

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 2:33:16 PM America/Los_Angeles

Are you aware that nearly 62% of households in the USA have at least one pet? That being said, our pets can be tough on our floors. That isn’t even the biggest issue though. Their nails can scratch up our beautiful floors if they are not trimmed. Also, pets can shed their hair and are prone to thinking that inside a person’s house is a good place for them to relieve themselves. Keeping a house clean when there are pets in it can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be.

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If you are able to get a pet friendly rug or 12, it can be exceedingly simple. Just because a rug is pet friendly, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t just as stylish or durable as other types of area rugs either. Many of them are made from natural fibers such as jute or wool. They will dry quickly and are able to retain their colors. Many times rugs and fluffy pets can be a match that is definitely not made in anyone’s version of a heaven, but for those rug lovers who also have pets, there are still options. Here is a quick look at the best types of rugs to get for those households that simply cannot be without a pet.

Wool

While you might think that rugs made from a synthetic material would be better for pets, this is simply not the case. In all actuality, wool is one of the best materials that you can choose for this. Aside from being incredibly durable, it is also quite a bit easier to clean than some of the other materials. It is naturally resistant to stains and will keep the dirt close to the surface as opposed to allowing it to be ground into the fibers. Wool is easily vacuumed and more affordable than you might think.

Make it Colorful

Another thing to think about when it comes to rugs in households that have pets is the color. While you might be of the opinion that dark colors will be best, they can actually draw more attention to the covering of pet hair that will inevitably be on top of them. On the other hand, while light colors might make the stains stand out, they will be better for hiding fur. The ideal one here would be one that has a few different colors and a pattern that is bright. A pattern will draw the eye away from any dirt, pet stains and hair. That doesn’t mean that you won’t have to clean it though. Anytime you have a pet, you will typically need to clean more than when there are no pets.

If pets…and their hair, is a permanent accessory in your home, stop by Natural Area Rugs to check out the selection of pet friendly rugs today.

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Shag Rugs Bring the 70s Back (in a Good Way)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:39:13 AM America/Los_Angeles

Shag Rugs Bring the 70s Back (in a Good Way)

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Hearing the phrase “shag rug” makes some homeowners cringe because of the rug style’s association with the outdated fashions of the 70s. Until recently, shag rugs were decidedly not in vogue, but as the fashion cycle has re-embraced the decade of bellbottoms and disco, homeowners have come around to shag rugs once more.

And why not? Today’s shag rugs are plusher than ever, super-soft and add instant luxury to any room. Plus, they have a practical side. The deep, thick pile withstands heavy foot traffic, making them perfect for high traffic areas, especially in households with children and pets.

If you’re looking to add a new area rug to your home, don’t write shag rugs off just yet. With some research, you can get the most out of your shag rug and transform any room with a throwback feel that’s still fresh and contemporary.

Before buying a shag rug, do your research on the rug’s quality. A low-quality shag rug will quickly look tattered and matted instead of plush and inviting. Quality starts with the rug’s material and construction, so demand the best.

If you’re shopping in-store, examine the construction of the rug: it should be hand-woven and have a strong backing. Feel the pile itself and if it feels stiff and crunchy instead of soft and plush, keep looking.

Shopping online? It’s still worth your time to experience the construction of a rug first-hand. Send away for a sample of the rugs that you’re considering, and try to order from a manufacturer that imports all of its material directly for quality control. You should also shop around and price-compare so that you get the best deal possible. Look for manufacturers who offer easy returns, free shipping and other perks or discounts to get the most out of your purchase.

Another thing to consider before buying a shag rug is your lifestyle. Shag rugs are, comparatively, high on the maintenance scale, so make sure that you’re prepared to care for them to keep them in the best shape possible. Shag rugs should be regularly vacuumed and shaken, and they also need occasional stain treatment and steam cleaning. Remember to use a rug pad and anti-curling system, plus tape if necessary. By taking care of your shag rug, you’ll ensure that it never goes out of style, no matter the decade.

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Increase the Lifespan of Your Natural Fiber Rug

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 10:26:54 AM America/Los_Angeles

When you buy a natural fiber rug, you’re relying on its all-natural strength and durability to hold up throughout years of foot traffic and everyday wear and tear. By following these simple tips, you can lengthen the lifespan of your natural area rug to help save you time and money.

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Choose the Right Rug
It’s very important that you consider the needs of yourself and your family when shopping for natural fiber rugs. If you know you want to place the rug in a bustling area — such as the living room, kitchen or hallway — that’s going to see a constant stream of foot traffic, be sure to select a rug that’s durable and strong. Busy areas can benefit from seagrass rugs or bamboo rugs thanks to their hardy constructions that can withstand constant abrasion.

You’ll also want to tailor your purchase to suit the rug’s environment. If you’re looking for the perfect rug for the kitchen, craft room or kids’ play area, you want to select the most stain-resistant option possible, like wool or cotton. Similarly, you want to be aware of the natural light levels in the room. Some rugs are less fade-resistant than others, so be sure you’re choosing a fiber that’s going to maintain its quality and color when placed in direct sunlight.

Maintenance is the Key
In order to ensure that your natural fiber rug lasts, you’ll want to closely follow care and maintenance tips specific to the rug’s fiber. As a general rule, most rugs require regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning to ensure that dirt and dust doesn’t get trapped within the rug’s fibers. Always remember to blot — never rub — liquid stains to avoid allowing the material to further absorb the dyes and coloring within the liquid.

Also be sure to tailor your rug-cleaning regimen to suit the type of rug in your home. For example, because bamboo rugs made from a flat, woody material that’s more vulnerable to scratching and chipping than some fiber rugs, you want to be sure you always keep sharp objects away from it. Additionally, you should be aware that deep cleaning some materials, such as wool, is not recommended because it may compromise the texture and quality of the yarn.

Focus on the specs
You can take preventative measures against rug damage by choosing options that have built-in features to help preserve the quality of the material. For example, many rugs (including seagrass, mountain grass and sisal rugs) are manufactured with a natural, latex backing. This helps the rug filter out fine dirt and dust, which can then be easily removed by vacuuming, to avoid causing permanent damage to the rug itself or the floors beneath.

Additionally, if you know you’re going to place the rug in an area with high foot traffic — or if you have kids or pets — you should opt for a rug that has reinforced binding that’s going to help the rug’s weave resist fringing or tearing over the life of the product. Rugs with wide, cotton or canvas borders also make maintenance and repair easier than those that do not have this feature. Furthermore, many modern natural fiber rugs are reversible, so you can actually expect to get twice the life out of a single purchase.

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Pillow Feet: Which Natural Area Rugs are the Softest?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:58:19 PM America/Los_Angeles

Choosing a super soft area rug can turn a cold, unwelcoming room into a cozy and comfortable living space that’s warm, textured and decadent. Especially ideal if you’re living in a small space (where the floor often doubles as a lounge area or workspace) or have kids who spend a lot of time playing on the floor, you’ll want to choose a super soft rug that’s going to feel like you’re walking barefoot among the clouds. With so many quality options on the market today, you’ll surely find the right option for your home and family.

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Many people assume that when you choose a softer fiber, you’re compromising durability or ease of cleaning. Modern rug-making techniques allow these soft rugs to retain their strength and durability while still offering a pleasant texture. With the right materials, you can achieve that perfect plush feeling underfoot. Use this handy guide to determine which kind of rug materials are the softest — and which are not so soft — to ensure that you get the just-right texture for any high-traffic living area.

Softest — Wool
Crafted from fleece of sheep, alpacas and goats, wool is the softest rug material available today. Sometimes blended with other materials that enhance the fiber’s softness, such as cashmere or sisal, wool rugs are truly the finest option if you’re looking for certified softness. Wool is also remarkably strong and durable, so you can feel confident placing it in some of the busier rooms in your home, such as the living room or den. Be sure to choose rugs made with high-quality wool to ensure the highest level of softness and eco-friendliness.

Softer — Cotton and Silk
Cotton is perhaps the world’s most versatile material. When woven for rug-making purposes, cotton is treated to ensure that it retains its strength without compromising the fiber’s luxurious softness. Cotton rugs are a great choice for any interior décor scheme because they absorb dyes and other color treatments exceptionally well.

Silk is another softer rug option. This fiber is naturally soft and also offers a subtle yet distinctive sheen that creates an intriguing, eye-catching aesthetic. Always be sure to select rugs made with genuine silk — or genuine silk that has been woven with other materials to add texture and strength — to ensure the highest quality possible.

Soft — Jute and Sisal
Sisal rugs feature a smooth, fine surface while still exhibiting a super earthy woven, rope-like texture. Because they are typically made with a wider, flatter weave than other natural fiber rugs, sisal rugs are often much softer to the touch. These rugs are a popular option among homeowners who really want a natural, earthy look that’s still going to enhance a room’s coziness and warmth.

Although it’s a plant-based fiber that comes straight from the earth, jute is an amazingly soft and luxurious rug option for any home. The fibers are woven in a tight basket weave style to enhance the rug’s strength while preserving the material’s luxury and softness. Like silk, jute offers a subtle sheen within each fiber for a dimensional overall appearance.

Least soft — Bamboo
While bamboo rugs are technically classified as one of the less soft natural area rug options, they still bring a certain level of cushion and softness to any home. While they aren’t quite as coarse as jute or leather rugs may be underfoot, they’re often designed to mimic a hardwood look, so they feature a more cold and woody appearance than other rug fibers might.

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College-Dorm-Decor-101

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:56:10 AM America/Los_Angeles

A few affordable touches can rid a college dormitory room of that austere look and transform it into a welcome oasis. Think bright prints for splashes of color. Invest in an eco-friendly natural fiber rug to bring a touch of nature to the place.

Stylish college dorm décor should be a no-brainer for smart students. You want a space that’s neat and organized — ideal for late-night study sessions — but also true to your vibrant personality. Once you’ve picked out your color scheme, wall décor (don’t be ashamed to tape posters straight to the wall, as it may be the last chance you’ll ever get to do so) and bedding, tie your theme together with an eco-friendly natural fiber rug for a touch of warmth.

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When you’re living in a small and somewhat challenging area like a dorm room, it’s essential that you use every inch of available surface area to help maximize your living space. That might mean creating a cozy study nook on the floor or utilizing space under the bed for storage. The right flooring can help boost your room’s functionality while adding extra style and comfort to areas that might otherwise go unused.

Natural area rugs have wide-spanning appeal. You can find beautifully designed, updated styles in bright and poppy solid colors as well as fun and funky patterns to match your dorm décor. Contemporary natural area rugs feature weaving techniques and patterns that create incredibly intriguing works of art for the floor. Earth-toned rugs are also great when you want to let your room’s accessories and art do the bulk of the talking.

Popular dorm décor ideas for fashion-forward undergrads include black and white color schemes with a singular pop of color, vintage-inspired prints and patterns and functional, fashionable furniture. Cinderblock walls and linoleum tiles can be revitalized with cozy and affordable natural flooring, like soft and earthy jute and bamboo rugs. Shag rugs are always a great suggestion for the vintage-inspired or eclectic dorm room thanks to their retro look and soft, supple foundation for bare feet.

All of these cozy flooring options come in varying prints and patterns to meet your specific décor vision. If you’re going for black and white, decorate with a two-toned wool rug with a chic diamond design. If you want to show your disposition for the fun and funky, you might be inclined to choose a cowhide rug or a leather rug. Many jute and sisal area rugs are reversible, so you get twice the wear from a single rug.

In contrast to synthetic fiber rugs, natural rugs offer exceptional durability and added benefits in addition to their desirable aesthetic. Many natural fiber rugs are anti-static, sound-absorbent and even flame-retardant. They’re also great for students who have allergies, as sisal and seagrass rugs can actually help prevent dust and allergens from getting into the air.

Natural rugs are appealing to students because each one features its own beautiful variations. Because they’re handmade with natural materials like bamboo, jute or seagrass, each one is completely unique. Despite all of these features, natural flooring is also quite affordable, and you can be sure that the quality weaving and texture will hold up throughout years of wear and tear, unlike the cheap rugs found at big box stores and discount rug outlets.

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Eco-Friendly Kitchens

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 11:54:51 AM America/Los_Angeles

Let Mother Nature be your guide in adding natural touches to a kitchen crowded with appliances. Transform a windowsill into a miniature herb garden with a few plants inside colorful pots. Add a framed photograph of outdoor plants or flowers to wall space above a counter. A sturdy natural fiber area rug in a neutral shade can bring it all together.

There are many great ways to turn your kitchen from the most energy- and resource-guzzling room in your home into a smart space that operates cleanly and efficiently. Rather than overhauling all of your appliances and dumping thousands of dollars into a complete kitchen renovation, you can take small and simple steps towards running a more eco-friendly kitchen with these easy, affordable tips. Because the kitchen is probably one of the busiest rooms in your home, it’s a great place to start if you want to make your whole home more eco-conscious.

It’s wise to incorporate environmentally friendly décor into your home with all-natural flooring like natural fiber rugs. Many people don’t realize that rugs made from natural fibers like bamboo, jute, sisal, mountain grass, seagrass and wool can actually be more durable and long-lasting than traditional flooring, making them great for rooms that see a constant flow of foot traffic. Natural fiber rugs are ideal for laying over ceramic tile or hardwood because they protect the flooring from scratches and stains and feature built-in backings that will help keep the rug in place over slippery and wet surfaces.

Stronger rug fibers like bamboo and seagrass are constructed to help repel dirt while holding up to constant foot traffic, so you can be sure that your flooring won’t deteriorate after years of day-to-day use and entertaining. These styles are also more stain-resistant than synthetic flooring and some even feature fire-retardant and anti-static properties for additional kitchen safety. No matter the shape or size, lightweight, natural rugs can be easily transported outdoors to be shaken out.

Today’s natural area rugs come in many textures, colors and sizes to suit your unique kitchen configuration. Contemporary kitchens benefit from the naturally beautiful look and feel of eco-friendly natural fiber flooring that has been woven or dyed into a vibrant and elegant pattern. Neutral rugs provide a warm, welcome aesthetic for earth-toned kitchens, while bold wool or bamboo rugs will complement bright and modern décor schemes.

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Another great way to enhance your kitchen’s sustainability is by installing eco-friendly countertops. Typically constructed from fast-renewing or recycled materials like salvaged glass, reclaimed wood or bamboo, environmentally friendly countertops give you all the practicality of high-cost options like marble or granite without the high price tag and overconsumption. Gorgeous bamboo or rugged reclaimed wood countertops pair perfectly with the all-natural look of natural fiber rugs.

Small changes can have a big impact when it comes to overhauling your kitchen’s sustainability. Consider implementing super simple enhancements, like saving cooking scraps and cultivating a compost pile to create rich soil and divert waste from entering the landfill. Composting may inspire you to grow vegetables and herbs that you can put back into the kitchen to create healthy meals and save money.

Other uncomplicated ways to ensure that your kitchen operates at peak efficiency include keeping a stash of reusable grocery bags on hand, keeping your recycling bin easily accessible and replacing your cheap, throwaway cookware and utensils with long-lasting tools that won’t need to be replaced nearly as often.

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Reduce risks associated with carpet

Friday, December 5, 2014 11:16:50 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

Carpet is comfy and warm on your feet, but it’s nearly impossible to really clean. And, it’s a perfect home to microorganisms such as mold, mildew and dust mites, in addition to being a reservoir for everything you track indoors on your shoes like lawn chemicals, lead dust, and animal feces. For a child’s developing body and lungs, this can be especially detrimental.

Still, no one expects you to rip out your carpet and start anew. Some people have no choice in the matter. That’s okay and totally understandable. Just do what you can!

Follow these easy steps to reduce risks associated with carpeting:

1. Vacuum often. For your initial “decontamination” effort, experts recommend vacuuming three times a day for the first month. That may be a bit much for most people’s schedules, just try to do it fairly obsessively for a month. After that, a couple times a week should suffice. Frequent vacuuming helps reduce the level of dust mites, which trigger asthma and allergy attacks. It also means getting rid of surface dirt on carpets before it has a chance to get ground in. A vacuum cleaner with strong suction, rotating brushes and a HEPA filter (so the dirt and dust won’t get blown back out in the exhaust) is best. Go back and forth over the same spot several times – especially in high traffic areas – to get all of the dirt and dust!

2. Don’t let your kids eat or drink in carpeted areas. Kids and spills go hand in hand – and spills on carpeting can quickly lead to mold or bug problems (especially since kids aren’t quick to clean up or fess up to the mess). If you make an exception to the rule, be sure to check in and clean up any spills immediately.

3. Ventilate. Open windows regularly and use a fan to gently circulate the air. Any airborne contaminants will be flushed out of the room letting your child breathe easier. Consider Energy Star fans to save on energy bills and reduce pollution associated with electricity generation.

If you ever decide to tear out the carpet, keep the room closed off from the rest of the house. Everything that’s built up in the depths of the fibers will be released during the process. And, since textiles help hold dust in place (instead of constantly drifting through the air and potentially irritating lungs) opt for a hard surface floor with a washable area rug. Then you’ll get the benefits of carpeting without the drawbacks.

 

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Decorating With Geometric Area Rugs

Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:41:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

From floor to ceiling, there are many places and spaces in your home where you can utilize geometric patterns. They can appear on textiles, walls, floors and even light fixtures – but let’s face it, some of those bold patterns can be a little intimidating, right? A good way to begin introducing geometrics into your life is with an area rug. Here are a few things to avoid when working with geometric patterned area rugs.

1. Don’t hide it

If you have made the leap to buy a geometric rug, don’t tuck it away in a corner or bury it under a large piece of furniture. Geometric rugs are a fantastic opportunity to create a focal point in a room, or to make a statement in any space. Give the rug center stage in your living room, or let it flow freely in a hallway.

2. Don’t let it get lonely

Geometric Area RugsContrary to what you might believe, patterns love each other. If you are brave enough to put a geometric rug in your living room, then you are brave enough to buy a few throw pillows with a great pattern, too. Other ways you can accessorize your space with pattern are with ceramics, light shades, and even your curtains.

3. Don’t be afraid of color

Geometric rugs look great in any shade or hue – and while you may be tempted to stick to a neutral palette, adding color to your space will draw the eye more effectively. Rich mustard yellows, gemstone purples and deep blues, all work wonderfully for rugs and help set apart your space. Choosing darker hues in rich colors will also help the carpet wear better. Spilling coffee or red wine on a neutral colored rug may very well ruin it, but a rich tone will allow for a much easier clean up.

4. Don’t skimp on size

Perhaps the most important aspect of decorating with geometric rugs is getting the correct size for the space. Proportionality can make or break a room. Ensure you buy a rug that fits the room properly. You don’t want it covered your entire floor; leaving exposed wood, or tile around the edges is important. But you don’t want a little postage stamp in the center of a room filled with large couches, bookshelves and tables, either. Choose a geometric rug in a size that will match the space. Measuring the overall size of the room before you shop is key. Our customer sales associates will be able to help you decide what size you need based on your own home.

Keeping these points in mind, you can easily broaden your home decorating abilities by venturing into the exciting world of geometric patterns. Remember, be bold, be daring, and do let patterns seep into other aspects of your design.

If you are looking for some great rug for sale, browse our collection online today. You can create your own rug, browse our selection of natural rugs, or even wander into our contemporary section. Happy rug shopping!

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