When I get bored, one of my favourite things to do is browse house tours on Design Sponge. I was doing so Saturday as therapy after a brain-killing trip to the mall, and I fell in love with Kate Hayes and Jack Ehrbar's home. The maps, the stacks of books, the giant Mikael Kennedy print (here I am revealing just how derivative my taste is--ah, well), that fantastic little nautical lamp. Most of all, I fell for their rugs.
Clockwise from the top left, that's Madeleine Weinrib's Ikat Blue, the Tan-Tan Rug from Anthro, MB's Red Zig Zag, Ikea Stockholm Rand (MB's Buche is a similar, pricier option), MB's Pink & Orange Lulu, and the Rens Sheepskin from Ikea.
I love the look of stripes up against zig-zags up against kilim and ikat designs. For the record, I would never actually layer rugs like that. I think the reason the layering up top really works is that the anchor rug is a lighter color and calmer design. My little mock-up is WAY too busy. It's also REALLY expensive, which is why I do most of my rug browsing on eBay, Craigslist, and in my mother's basement.
But that's why God gave us the internet: for madcap daydreaming about perfect rooms.
Bonus: I love Jamie Meares (of the fabulous Furbish Studio)'s Rugs 101 post. It's a really, really great place to start.