At the moment in our conversation pit we have a red shag pile rug. Which I love. It holds the crumbs really well, and it can look messy and squashed without it mattering.
But I sometimes wonder whether I could live with something with a pattern which dominates the whole room? Like this:
(Greg Natale for Designer Rugs)
(Marni for the Rug Company)
Perhaps you need a bold rug for a bold room?
This is by Vixen, who did my light shades:
In the UK, The Rug Company makes divine rugs by Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood but the ones I love the most are by Marni:
and this was by Kim Parker (no longer available):
In Australia, Designer Rugs have just launched a new range by designer Claudia Chan Shaw. These are not really my style but they are certainly brave. DR has also done a collaboration with Wedgewood.
Designer Rugs also use a number of Australian designers to create rugs, including Alex Perry, Akira Isogawa, Easton Pearson and Vixen.
These two are by Akira:
And this is by Dinosaur Designs who make wonderful jewelry, and household items, often from resin:
How beautiful is this blobby one:
You can see the consistency of the Dinosaur Designs vision when you look at these earrings which I bought from Dinosaur Designs in 1992 to wear to a wedding.
I am still waiting for them to come back into fashion.
On balance I think I prefer a big flower to big blobs, Anthropologie has also done lots of flowery rugs, like this:
Or would such a rug be like a striking print dress, which one tires of too quickly?
(Images: (1) House to Home (2) Jonathan Adler at Elle Decor (3) Madeline Weinrib (8) Elle Decor (5)(7)(9)(12)(13)(14)(15) Designer Rugs (6) (10) (11) The Rug Company (12) Anthropologie)