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Get the Look: 7 Moroccan-Inspired Rugs (Photos)
These textured textiles are popping up everwhere. By Michelle Thomas
Comments () | Published January 21, 2014

If you’re one to pore over shelter blogs and mags, you’ve probably already spied a certain look popping up—or down, perhaps—on many a stylish floor: the Moroccan rug. Characterized by geometric diamond patterns or criss-crossing lines on a plush, natural or ivory background, this design draws inspiration from the traditional hand-woven carpets of the Beni Ourain tribal region, which comprises 17 groups that live in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. And the style is suddenly everywhere—including in the chicly designed spaces of tastemakers Nate Berkus, J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, and Lucky editor Eva Chen, to name a few.

So what’s the big draw? We checked in with local interior designer Megan Shannon of Megan Blake Design, who created the dining room design pictured above for a Dupont Circle condo.

“Although typically neutral in color, the loosely drawn diamond pattern and deep pile of these rugs create a perfect counter point for clean-lined furnishings and smooth flooring, and blends nicely with most architectural styles,” says Shannon. “I like to use them when the rooms are in need of something soft, raw, and textural, with a vintage quality—especially if you’re going to be barefoot. These are dying to have feet on them!”

Naturally, a look this hot can come saddled with a major cost. But not always: We’ve found these textured rugs in a whole range of price points. Read on to see seven great versions, from wallet-friendly to investment-worthy.

From left to right, top to bottom: Wool souk rug, $179 to $1,229 at West Elm; Ben Soleimani for Restoration Hardware Miya rug, $1,355 to $9,595 at Restoration Hardware; Vintage Beni Ourain lattice-pattern rug, $2,500 at Jonathan Adler; Threshold criss-cross fleece rug, $129.99 to $249.99 at Target; Tuscan Moroccan shag rug, $102 to $572 at Rugs USA; Wool Beni Ourain rug, $599 to $899 at Pottery Barn; Ivory shag rug, $299.99 at World Market.

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