By Lydia Geisel

Published on October 17, 2018

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While texture, much like color and light, is essential to a room’s wellbeing, those who are less skilled in the art of layering may find it challenging to bring touchable joy to a space in need of personality. That’s why, for all things cushy and cozy, we revert back to our texture cheat sheet. Top of our tactile agenda? Rugs.

Be it an all-encompassing jute for the living room or a faux sheepskin throw by the bathroom vanity, rugs are one of the easiest ways to introduce warmth to a room. And when it comes down to texture, specifically, no rug speaks to the senses quite like a shag rug.

A fringy, furry product of the ’60s and ’70s, shag-style rugs have long been associated with the likes of sunken living rooms and the Brady Bunch. But with the return of vibrant fibers and knitted home accents, stringy and shaggy surfaces have found their place in the home once again. Ahead you’ll find stellar shag rugs at every price point to help you get started.

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Vintage Turkish Tulu Rug, Abc Carpet & Home, $1,400

Featuring a fiery blend of scarlet, goldenrod, and apricot, this happy orange abstract runner creates an almost hypnotic illusion with its bright demeanor. Woven by hand from long-pile wool, its sensuous surface is the definition of sink-worthy. Keep this snuggly rug to yourself at the foot of the bed or extend its threaded bliss to a barren hallway.

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FD-05 Spice – Fable Collection, Loloi, price upon request

A flood of fringe brings new meaning to the geometric forms that inform this spicy red area rug designed by none other than the bohemian queen herself, Justina Blakeney. Fit for the nomad at heart, each of the five colorways in the Fable Collection captures the spirit of flat weave rugs, but with an added, fuzzy flair.

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Houses Shag Rug, Hawkins New York, $180

Inspired by the look and feel of traditional Moroccan rugs, artist and illustrator Alyson Fox fused her eye for basic shapes and passion for homeware to make this stunning statement mat. Whether kept underfoot or hung on the wall (we personally love this artful and alternative use), your furry friend is sure to lend a cozy hand.

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Prismatic Shag Rug, Aelfie, $145

Offering a fresh play on primary color, this lounge-worthy landing pad takes a more contemporary approach to pattern with its speckled, terrazzo-like design. Crafted of hand-knotted wool from New Zealand, the aptly-titled prismatic shag rug is a total steal at under $150.

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Zagora Diamond Shag, Lulu and Georgia, $325

From its graphic composition to its fleecy consistency, everything about this rainbow bright rug has us has us dreaming of cooler nights cuddled up by the foot of the fire. Featuring a diamond motif, typically found in Moroccan rug design, this boho-approved piece puts a vibrant spin on tradition with loud splashes of color.

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Darby Wool Shag Rug, West Elm, $279

Sure, we love a shag rug with a hefty dose of color, but that doesn’t mean we’re willing to forgo the basics. With just enough texture and depth to transform a bare room into the ultimate haven, this fluffy, ivory option delivers the softness you crave without overwhelming the senses.

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Hand Tufted Cleora Diamonds Shaggy, nuLOOM, $379

Only the bold at heart can appreciate a range of hues as dynamic as this. Pops of blue and hits of hot pink magically collide atop this woolly surface, which takes the classic motif of the patterned rugs to a new extreme. Embrace your inner maximalist by surrounding this color-charged rug with equally powerful accent pieces and splashes of neon.  

See more rugs we love: 

We’re Digging These Chic Area Rugs Under $500

Think Outside the Box With These Funky-Shaped Rugs

The 8 Best Boho Rugs Under $200

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