It adopts the personality of what’s on top. With a navy sofa, it’s nautical; with a boxy sectional, it’s modern.To buy: Draper Stripe wool-cotton flat weave, $200 (5 by 8 feet), dwellstudio.com.
Its zippy, vibrant asymmetry is best highlighted with spare furnishings. Try it in an entryway with a console flanked by modern chairs.To buy: Dead End plush wool, $299 (5 by 8 feet), cb2.com.
Shadowy shapes and a muted palette make it ideal for a master bedroom.To buy: Flock Dove Cream wool flat weave, $398 (5 by 7½ feet), laylagrayce.com.
It sets a formal tone and directs the eye to the room’s center—perfect for showing off a special coffee table.To buy: Gobi Frame cotton flat weave, $349 (5 by 7 feet), serenaandlily.com.
Man-cave appropriate: Its tight, graphic pattern is handsome without feeling gloomy.To buy: Facet wool-cotton flat weave, $350 (5 by 8 feet), dwellstudio.com.
Casual and happy, it’s like a cool drink by the shore. Welcoming in an entryway, uplifting in a kitchen, and playful in a kid’s room.To buy: Jayden jute, $129 (4 by 6 feet), horchow.com.
Handwoven, so it has lovely, authentic imperfections. Looks like something from a faraway land.To buy: Alvine Rand wool flat weave, $159 (7 feet, 10 inches by 5 feet, 7 inches), ikea.com for stores.
Japanese cherry blossoms in sultry charcoal have a dreamlike vibe. Nice and thick, it’s artful in a living room, restful in a bedroom.To buy: Sakura plush wool, $299 (5 by 8 feet), westelm.com.
Over-the-top glamour. Gorgeous in a dining room topped with a wood table and red lacquer chairs.Yasmin low-pile cotton blend, $300 (5 by 7½ feet), zgallerie.com.
Its tone-on-tone triangles look almost 3-D. Hot pink furniture would make it even more powerful.To buy: Stockholm Triangel thick-pile wool, $399 (7 feet, 10 inches by 5 feet, 7 inches), ikea.com for stores.
The motif is fancy, but the material is lightweight and durable—just right for a kitchen or a bathroom.To buy: Zafaran Dhurrie cotton flat weave, $750 (6 by 9 feet), 212-594-6006 for stores.
Like a beaded curtain for your floor. Nice if you have a beat-up leather couch.To buy: Vibrant Deco Ellipse wool, $738 (4½ by 6½ feet), shadesoflight.com.
Ornate scrollwork evokes old-time grandeur. Envision it among brass furnishings and antique mirrors.To buy: Gatsby Tufted plush wool, $650 (5 by 8 feet), dashandalbert.com.
Its undulating pattern adds energy to any space. Complement it with a comfy, casual sofa and pale gray walls.To buy: Ghat Dhurrie cotton flat weave, $575 (6 by 9 feet), 212-594-6006 for stores.
Shimmery medallions give it a hint of glamour. Picture it in a bedroom with white satin sheets.To buy: Barcelo soft-pile wool blend, $599 (5 by 8 feet), homedecorators.com.
Subdued colors plus a crafty design feels both laid-back and luxe.To buy: Bombay Beige hand-spun and twisted plush wool, $596 (5 by 8 feet), lampsplus.com.
A floral that’s not too feminine or fussy. Perfect with an overstuffed white sofa and distressed woods.To buy: Georgia Blue plush wool, $749 (5 by 7½ feet), laylagrayce.com.
For a twist on tradition, a magnified version of a classic pattern that recalls everything from bandanas to an astrological map.To buy: Souk wool pile, $700 (5 by 8 feet), 2modern.com. Use the code RSIMPLE.
Refined and ornate. Try it in a sunny room with white-painted furniture and a bamboo screen.To buy: Kuba Jaipuri cotton flat weave, $750 (6 by 9 feet), calypsostbarth.com.
This flat rug gets a hit of dimension, thanks to tiny diamonds in the lines.To buy: Heather Rocco cotton flat weave, $775 (6 by 9 feet), madelineweinrib.com for stores.
A statement rug for the abstract modernist. Great in a foyer or an oversize bathroom.To buy: Ocean Seaglass hand-tufted wool, $950 (5 by 8 feet), angelaadams.com.
With a rug like this, who needs wall art? Top it with a glass coffee table to get the full kaleidoscopic effect.To buy: Ruthie low-pile wool, $750 (5 by 8 feet), angelaadams.com.
With French-Moroccan flair, an opulent choice for a dining room. It could hold its own against giant windows or grand double doors.To buy: Arabesque plush wool, $799 (5 by 8 feet), horchow.com.
Like a man’s tie—formal, with a touch of quirk to keep it interesting. It will give traditional furniture edge.To buy: Stilton Jellybaby cotton flat weave, $775 (6 by 9 feet), madelineweinrib.com for stores.
Dyed in a way that brings to mind paint strokes, it’s a brave companion for a jewel-tone sofa.To buy: Colorful Explosion in recycled silk, $849 (6 by 9 feet), abchome.com for stores.
Dizzying to some, divine to others. A classic sofa would set off its futuristic vibe.To buy: Pixel wool rug, $799 (5½ feet by 7 feet, 9 inches), boconcept.us for stores.