There is nothing that feels more like home than a soft, cozy rug. It's the foundation of any room; the base on which you build your decor and express your tastes.

Rug layers are an expression of comfort and aesthetic joy; they can be done with rugs you already own or found in endless combinations to create new pieces. The key is to have rugs that work together, but are different enough to create visual interest.

Don't limit yourself; you can layer a variety of shapes and sizes such as the classic Moroccan Tatami mat with ikat and geometric patterns. Layer multiple rugs of different materials or within the same material family: wool, silk, jute, or cotton.

To begin, it is important to choose the rugs that inspire you. Your living room may call out for a plush sisal rug with an artistic pattern in black and white. Or maybe your bedroom needs a touch of vintage with a Persian Sarouk runner layered under an Ikat print for contrast. The possibilities are endless!

  • Start with your main rug, this will be the largest and most visible piece in the space.
  • Select a secondary rug to layer underneath or behind the main rug; these are slightly smaller so that they peek out from the edges of your main area rug, but maintain an even layer effect without affecting the overall size of your rug.
  • Complete another layer by adding a third, more intricate patterned rug in the center and/or corner; this is a smaller piece that will bring out the colors and patterns in your main rug while also creating visual interest.

Layer around furniture — but keep it subtle

You can layer around furniture but keep this to a minimum. Don't layer underneath the front legs of your couch or directly in front of your coffee table; you want the rugs to be visible and not cover up any architectural elements that you want to show off.