Published on May 14, 2019

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We love to play it safe when it comes to our floors. A neutral sisal rug here, a white Moroccan Beni Ourain there—maybe even a washed-out vintage Turkish Oushak if we’re feeling a little adventurous. After all, statement art is meant to go on the wall, right? That’s where our true self-expression comes out: a large abstract painting, a colorful gallery wall, a blown-out photograph from our travels.

But what if we told you that the perfect blank canvas is right underneath your feet? In fact, an increasingly large crop of designers is creating rugs not for function but for art. Abstract shapes, vibrant colors, and eye-catching patterns are all part of a new graphic rug trend that’s sweeping the decor world—so much so that even Ikea has jumped on board.

Let these striking rugs be the artwork that your floors always craved—even if you didn’t know it yet. Whether your aesthetic is vintage tennis court, abstract zodiac signs, or 1980s Memphis design, we have the perfect rug for you.

Sports lovers will adore the “Court Series” rugs from Pieces by An Aesthetic Pursuit—a collection of hyper-saturated hand-tufted rugs with tennis or basketball court–like geometries to give the floor bold, new life.

Swedish studio Front was inspired by traditional parquet flooring patterns to create this contemporary three-dimensional rug collection. The unique shape and bold color choice make it an obvious showstopper.

Put your furniture in the spotlight with this Spot series rug by design duo Vera & Kyte for Bolia. This hyper-modern rug is unique in both form and function and creates a statement that would look equally good on a floor as it would displayed on a wall.

Danish brand Hay also created a series of colorful graphic rugs in collaboration with Scholten & Baijings, using New Zealand wool and eye-catching bold colors like fire-truck red and soft periwinkle. The result is breathtaking.

For something unique, turn to Atelier Février’s hand-knotted Ricky rug, which uses an organic shape, an undulating pattern, and juxtaposed colors to create a visual illusion that feels one-of-a-kind and elegant.

For a fun take on natural fiber rugs, turn to Charlap Hyman & Herrero’s collection of black-and-white rugs representing anything from astrological signs to snakes, crocodiles, and even Latin proverbs. Each piece is like artwork for your floors.

Wine lovers will vibe with this Bolia rug in shades of rosé and Bordeaux. While the shapes are reminiscent of Mondrian, the colors are closer to a Rothko painting, creating a rich and subdued geometric piece that’s sure to catch the attention of visitors.

Another standout item from Pieces’ “Court Series” is this Net rug featuring a sporty grid pattern in soft pink and blue hues that are reminiscent of a tennis court on a hot summer’s day. This would be the perfect rug for an air-filled beach house.

This coral asymmetrical rug from Charlotte Lancelot’s Canevas Geo collection feels like the perfect summer rug with its light pink, orange, and dark coral hues interwoven with rich virgin wool.

Italian firm Dimore Studio also forayed into graphic rugs with a small collection of Tappeto rugs—each a piece of art in its own right. This abstract color-blocked piece in shades of blush pink, burgundy, camel, and cherry red is an instant favorite.

Ettore’s rug collection draws inspiration from the 1980s Memphis Group design movement with its soft pastel shades and postmodern lines. This artistic rug would soften any room with its calming hues.

For a more abstract approach to graphic rugs, turn to Cold Picnic’s rug collection of Badlands rugs, inspired by views from the window of a car from the prairies of the Midwest to the Badlands of Montana.

The irregular line design of this contemporary Moroccan rug by LRNCE makes it the floor covering equivalent of an abstract work of art. Forgo your plain off-white rug for this one instead—fringe edges make it a playful option, and the design is sure to spark conversation.

We see your penchant for stripes and raise you this design by Aelfie, which makes a simple black and white stripe pattern even more special with pops of orange and pink. If you’re admittedly a bit color-averse, consider this a great way to ease some warmth into your space.

Maybe you appreciate the tiger rug trend, but your love of abstract shapes has you craving something a bit more experimental. If that’s the case, consider this rug from Studio Proba. While its design is eclectic,  a warm color palette of orange and pink keeps it approachable.

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