The 10 Best Oriental Rugs

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This wiki has been updated 26 times since it was first published in January of 2018. If you're looking for a simple way to add decoration to your home, consider putting down an oriental rug. We've included Persian-style options and some eye-catching patterns that come in a wide variety of colors, fibers, and sizes, so you're sure to find one that suits your taste, whether you’re searching for a hallway runner, a small half-moon design, or one that covers an entire room. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Safavieh Antiquities

2. Home Dynamix Royalty

3. Safavieh Adirondack

Editor's Notes

June 16, 2020:

If you’re looking for an area rug that’s sure to have a touch of elegance and sophistication, you can’t go wrong with one of these traditional oriental rugs. In today’s update, we added in the Safavieh Antiquities, which is from a company that’s been around for more than a century and sells its home furnishings all over the world. It evokes an Old World style and is available in soft palettes that complement most decor. What makes this one stand apart from many others is its hand-spun wool composition, as opposed to cheaper polypropylene and other synthetic materials that make up many others. In addition, unlike many others, it’s tufted by hand, rather than made using an automated machine. We also added another popular piece from the same manufacturer, the Safavieh Adirondack. It boasts an intriguing pattern composed of a hexagonal center surrounded by ornate floral outlines. You’re sure to find one to match your room, since it comes in muted shades like ivory as well as bold ones like rich yellow and deep red. Its half-inch pile height makes it a good choice for rooms and hallways that see high traffic. It resists shedding and fits beneath furniture like couches and coffee tables easily.

The Home Dynamix Royalty features a traditional medallion design in contrasting colors, and intricate borders surround this focal point. This one is made of a low-maintenance, synthetic material that stands up to frequent vacuuming and is also easy to spot clean, when necessary. For a safe, fire-resistant choice that goes well next to a hearth, look to the Minuteman International Rectangular. It’s made of soft virgin wool and meets federal requirements for surface flammability of small carpets. Likewise, the Minuteman International Hearth meets the same requirements, and this one’s half-round shape makes it well suited for placement next to the hearth or a doorway to make it look complete. In this update, we removed the Universal Rugs Jayden, which is rather thin and the colors of which don’t match the pictures well. The same can be said of the Kingdom Traditional, which we also removed, which users also report is difficult to lay flat.

Special Honors

Red and Green Baluchi Rug This choice is an easy way to add some vibrant color to your space, thanks to its rich, vibrant palette and a tribal-inspired design. It’s hand-knotted in Pakistan using cruelty-free methods, and is soft, yet durable enough to last a long time. It’s made of 100% wool and features a four-by-six-foot design.

Antique Persian Serapi Rug This fine carpet was produced in the area of Heriz, Northwest Persia, in the mid to late 19th century, where it was knotted by hand. Its notable features include the open field, elongated center medallion, and ivy border. It measures just over nine feet by 12 feet and features colors of red, black, blue, and ivory.

4. Safavieh Mahal

5. Minuteman International Hearth

6. Universal Rugs Kirsten Rectangle

7. Minuteman International Rectangular

8. Ottomanson Royal

9. Carpet King Navy Blue

10. Well Woven Blue Vintage

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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