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Saturday 20 December 2014

The 10 best rugs

1. Brink and Campman Orchid Rug This hand-tufted rug will bring a splash of colour to any living room. A contemporary twist on florals, this acrylic rug has been carved to highlight its fantastic mix of colours and looks wonderful set against a neutral decor. From £100, heals.co.uk
2. Estaban Rug If you'd prefer something a little more textured than traditional, try this handmade felt ball rug in the living room. Regular vacuuming may be needed (groan), but this is a fantastic way to liven up a minimalistic home. £249, isme.com
3. Taj Rug A traditional Persian-style rug, this would be perfectly placed in a study. Made in India, this hand-knotted rug has been washed in spring water at each production stage to soften the colours and give an antique effect. Pretend it's an heirloom. From £149, wovenground.com
4. Hampen Rug You don't have to spend a fortune on your floor coverings. Brighten up the drabbest of rooms with one of these little rugs, available in a selection of colours to match any room. Ideal for students or those on looking to decorate on a tight budget. £10, ikea.com
5. Fair trade Rag Rug For plenty of colour with a feel-good factor, these rag rugs are handmade at the Barefoot College, an NGO in rural Rajasthan that provides solar power, water, education and healthcare. Made with leftover scraps from the garment industry, each rug is unique, but a cheerful stripy design is guaranteed. £11.95, notonthehighstreet.com
6. Wave Washable Rug Cream carpet is an immediate recipe for disaster, right? Wrong. This rug is easy to care for and can be quickly thrown in the washing machine at the first sign of muck, grime or muddy footprints. It also has a non-slip backing to keep it in place on hard floors. From £37, very.co.uk
7. Giverny Rug Designed by the renowned New Orleans artist Ashley Longshore and exclusive to Anthropologie, this beautifully hand-embroidered rug is a work of art. However, as it is dry clean only, this may actually be more at home hanging on the wall than being tramped over on the floor. £398, anthropologie.eu
8. Ombre Rug Ombre is currently enjoying a spot in the limelight, so why not join in and include the trend in your home too? With its graduating shades and soft pile, this rug would add a real feeling of warmth to a bedroom. From £59, marksandspencer.com
9. Glow in the Dark Children's Rug Exploring outer space is tough work, but muck and mess are no problem for this intergalactic rug. It's hard-wearing and bleach-cleanable, making it perfect for the playroom. Wait until night time to see the stars glow softly, thanks to a special polypropylene yarn. £39, modern-rugs.co.uk
10. Sheepskin Rug It doesn't get much cosier than a sheepskin rug, especially in this freezing weather. Particularly good for bringing warmth to rooms with wooden and laminate flooring, this rug is super soft and has a luxuriously long pile. Go for one of Dunelm Mill's wide range of colours or simply stick with natural sheepskin. £34.99, dunelm-mill.com

Need to feel warm in this freezing weather or want a splash of colour in your home? Then invest in a bright or cosy floor covering.

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