Unique Designs in Contemporary Rugs

If you think decorating with large area rugs means sticking to traditional Persian rugs, you’d be mistaken! You might be surprised at the variety of colorful and creative designs you can find in contemporary rugs. While traditional designs are still used to make many luxury rugs, you’ll find no shortage of more modern designs either.

Here are a few of the contemporary rugs we have in our Arizona store right now:


The rug above is a contemporary piece made in Nepal. It is a smaller area rug, measuring in at about 3×4.8 feet. The neutral tones and appealing design make it a great addition to any room — at the foot of your bed or in front of your favorite armchair. While contemporary oriental rugs can incorporate bold colors, more subtle tones can also be used like this one.

The small area rug below uses colors that stand out:


This 2×3 area rug uses an eye-catching design with darker shades. It doesn’t draw too much attention to itself, since the design is only a few shades lighter than the background. You can pair it with other brightly colored decor or use it to add a splash of color to a room.

What if you’re looking for runners instead of large area rugs? You can find contemporary oriental rugs in this size as well!


This checkered runner was made in Nepal, measuring 2.6×10 feet, and it is made for walkways and hallways. The neutral tones and contemporary pattern make it a breeze to pair with almost any decor. Runners are ideal for areas of your home where there is high amounts of foot traffic.

This is another excellent example of a more contemporary rug that uses some traditional elements:


The bold blue and light cream colors create a design worthy of any hallway. This runner is 2.5×9.1 feet and was made in Nepal. Contemporary doesn’t necessarily have to mean avant garde!

There are plenty more examples of contemporary oriental rugs that we could display, but we hope this gives you an idea of the variety available to you when you’re shopping for area rugs.

By Allison Edrington.

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