Look, there's no easy way around it — beautiful, quality rugs tend to cost a pretty penny. But if you're in a position to finally put down some cash for new home decor, an area rug with a unique design can completely transform your home, whether it's for your bedroom, living room, dining room, or home office, and instantly make your space feel professionally designed. Check out the best places to buy unique rugs below. (And hey, if you don't have the moolah now, pin this piece and check out our favorite area rugs under $100.)
Where to Buy Unique Rugs
This NYC-based design collaborative has a thing for fun colors and designs that don't take themselves too seriously. Some of the rugs have sporty references, like the tennis courtlike rug above or this oval rug that kind of looks like a bird's eye view of a running track. Most options come in a range of rug sizes, from 4 by 6 to 9 by 12.
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Our pick: Clay Court Area Rug (8' x 10'), $3,995
2. Cold Picnic
Brooklyn-based Cold Picnic basically started the abstract rug craze. You can shop everything from round accent rugs to runners to massive area rugs, all with incredible abstract designs.
Our pick: Round Night of the Squid Rug (5' x 5'), $580
We've had our eye on this Moroccan design studio for a while. The distinctive, almost Picasso-like motifs certainly feel of the moment but not in a way that will go out of style anytime soon. These completely handmade designs can cost up to $3,200 each — just keep in mind that you'll have to pay for shipping and import taxes. But it might be worth it because chances are that no one you know has one.
Our pick: Nador Runner Rug (8.2' x 2.6'), $855
4. Nordic Knots
This hip company may be based in Sweden, but the good news is that it offers free delivery to the U.S. within three to six days. The designs are very Scandi; think linear, geometric motifs in color combos that are either really bold or more neutral.
Our pick: Modern Area Rug in Pink (8' x 10'), $1,495
Armadillo's rugs don't come cheap. But that's because the company prides itself on its process, which is completely fair trade (the rugs are handmade by artisans in India). If you're looking to invest in a quality rug that won't go out of style, this is where we'd put our money.
Our pick: Nala Area Rug (5'7" x 7'10"), $1,565
At Etsy, you can find so many unique options, from vintage-style rugs (or actual vintage rugs) to handmade wool rugs to classic medallion and Persian styles and everything in between.
Our pick: Artlina Rugs Moroccan Rug (8' x 10'), $2,663
Tantuvi works with ikat and dhurrie weavers in India to create designs that reinterpret traditional motifs. The result? Geometric hemp rugs or abstract designs with muted colors. There are also plenty of cotton options in a range of colors.
Our pick: Eulerian Luna Area Rug (8' x 10'), $2,880
We love Lulu and Georgia's wide array of rugs, including boho jute rugs, cozy shag options, and abstract flatweave designs. But what we love even more is its frequent collaborations with designers to create truly unique rugs.
Each Beni rug is a one-of-a-kind creation crafted by a community of Berber descendants in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The collection offers a variety of options. Some pieces do a nice job of maintaining the very traditional feel of Moroccan rugs, while others are far more modern, with grid motifs or patterns inspired by modern art.
Our pick: Boxes Area Rug (8' x 10'), $2,419
MINNA's handwoven rugs are a good choice if you're looking for something stylish, especially if you're working in a smaller space (the designs pack a punch; the smaller sizes also work great as wall hangings).
Our pick: Dream Rug Bright (8' x 10'), $2,500
Consider 1stDibs a step up from Etsy with its neverending supply of vintage and unique area rugs. You can find all sorts of styles, from antique Turkish runner rugs for your entryway to art deco-style area rugs for your living room.
From one-of-a-kind designs to restored vintage rugs, Revival is here to help you find the perfect pick for your space. And to make shopping easier, you can filter rugs by size, color, and type or take a quiz for even more recommendations.
Our pick: Presse Hand-Knotted Shag Rug (8' x 10'), $989
For anyone who loves a bold and eclectic pattern, this New York City-based brand is a must. Whether you opt for a flatweave rug or plush shag, you'll never be bored with Aelfie's selection. Plus, each rug is handmade.
Our pick: Niwa Hand-Carved Rug (8' x 10'), $6,400
Want a truly unique rug from any era? Chairish has you covered. With thousands of new pieces added to the site each day, you'll never know what you'll find, including your future favorite rug.
If you want a boho vibe, consider Jungalow your go-to spot for unique rugs. From in-house designs to a collaboration with Loloi, any of the brand's rugs will give your space a major makeover.
16. The Citizenry
The Citizenry partners with artisans all over the world to create stunning home decor, including a collection of handwoven rugs made in fair-trade environments.
Our pick: Keya Flatweave Area Rug (8' x 10'), $1,495
Support independent artists from around the world when you order a rug from Society6. The site is full of rugs with unique designs in a range of sizes for any space.
Our pick: Wild Tiger Rug by Zoopoo (8' x 12'), $514