On one of our recent Instagram black holes we spotted this beautiful shot from fellow interiors-obsessive, Kate from Mad About the House. Sharing very wise advice on bringing rugs into the home, this sparked us to look for the best vintage and Persian rugs around the high-street & beyond.

D E S I G N E L E M E N T S III this time it’s RUGS. So first rule of thumb: buy the biggest rug you can afford. It should never, never (that’s never) be an island under a coffee table floating in a sea of floor. It will pull the room together much better (and create a zone in a large or open plan room) if at least the front legs of the surrounding sofa and chairs are on it. Exception? Odd-shaped rugs like cows and zebras can just about get away with being islands. Can’t afford a big rug? Behold my sitting room here. We have we have layered four small rugs to fill the space. How? Tonal colours or similar patterns. If in doubt black and white geometric designs – easy to find and often cheap – look great with vintage Persian and floral patterns. Alternatively, buy a piece of carpet in the right size and bind the edges in a contrasting colour – I have done this once in grey and once with a piece of patterned carpet. A patterned carpet which might look scary when fitted can work brilliantly as a rug. Experiment until you are happy. It’s easier than you think. . . . #cornerofmyhome #mysittingroom #rug #rulesofrug #layerthoserugs #howtolayrugs #flooring #vintagerugs #colourmyhome #sassyhomestyle #howivintage #enidcat #greycat #interiordesign #interiorinspo #interiorstyling #victorianhouse #designdilemma #elementsofdesign #designelements

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Firstly, let us introduce you to a new rug emporium on the scene, How Bizarre Rugs. This Glasgow based brand caught our eye over on Instagram & we now have our eyes on quite a few of their beautiful Persian rugs. One of our favourites is Eszter which has a lovely, worn design. This ‘wee rug emporium’, as they call themselves, are brand new and fresh on the scene, so give them a follow on Insta to keep up to date with what they’re up to.

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Persian rugs, from £70 at How Bizarre Rugs

If you’re looking for more of the real deal then the London Persian Rug Company is the place to go. Offering 100% handmade rugs from Iran, each one is completely unique. Prices are POA so if there’s one you like the look of then best to drop them an email. Larusi also offer a great variety of vintage Kilim rugs. You’re looking at around the £1000 mark, so they’re definitely an investment.

Rugs from London Persian Rug Company

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Anatolian rug, £1050 from Larusi

The highstreet, however has some great Persian style designs too – at a much more affordable price point. They may not be sourced from Persia, or handmade, but they’re great budget buys. Urban Outfitters has a really great printed Persian style rug for under £100. Or, for a little bit more you could bag an ombre effect design from Zara Home.

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Iona Dotted Medallion Print rug, £95 from Urban Outfitters

Ombre effect printed rug, £189.99 from Zara Home – Yolana Petrol Blue rug, £159 from Made.com

If you don’t like the traditional colours of reds, clays and whites, then online retailers have the solution. Made.com has a petrol blue distressed rug (above) or for bolder colours and more contemporary patterns, these spotted designs from Rockett St George fit the bill perfectly.

Spotted contemporary Persian style rugs, from £608 from Rockett St George

Or how about a pop of monochrome? This one from Anthropologie is tufted and hooked giving it a lovely texture.

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Magda rug from £498 from Anthropologie

For something completely off the wall, FRONT Rugs brings us Jan Kath. Taking traditional Persian styles, Jan gives them a contemporary twist by distressing & distorting. This is much like Azerbaijani artist, Faig Ahmed. You may remember us talking about Faig before, in an article about rugs as art – click here to catch-up. Faig takes traditional rug patterns but completely manipulates the designs.

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Singularity rug by Faig Ahmed
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Rug by Jan Kath from FRONT Rugs

Persian rugs at all price points that all look fab, perfect!

Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments, drop us a tweet, or get involved in the conversation over on our Instagram.

Off to find our magic carpet,
David & Mark x

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