While building a nest for ourselves we always try to think what should be the flooring. What would look good? What will be more durable? It must not be very hard to clean. Long term cost-effectiveness also plays in our mind.

Nowadays wooden flooring is gaining popularity. It makes any house look elegant and adds warmth to the home décor. Hardwood floors enable a look of spaciousness wherever they are installed. It is a useful long-term investment and can become a strong resale argument, exceeding the initial installation cost of the floors.

Best area rugs for hardwood floors

If you are looking for a comfortable and beautiful interior for your new or recently renovated home, you just can not give all the onus to the hardwood flooring. A beautiful area rug can add to the aesthetics of the room. If high traffic zones of your house like hallways, living room have wooden flooring then adding an area rug would lessen the damage of the flooring but will give a hint of the flooring as well. In this blog post, I'll be mentioning 13+ best area rugs for hardwood floors.

Benefits of area rugs for hardwood flooring

The benefits of area rugs extend far beyond style. If you are not sure if an area rug is right for your space, then keep on reading to learn how area rugs can improve the space.

Noise Reduction

An area rug significantly decreases the noise of the floor. It just not only quieter to walk on a cushioned floor than a hard surface floor, but it also absorbs sound from the air. If you notice your wooden floor room has a slight echo that is because the hard surface floor does not absorb sound in the same way that carpet or rug does. You can lie down on an area rug, and feel the difference.


Everybody knows that rug is softer than a hardwood floor or tiles or marble and it is not a secret that a rug is more comfortable to stand on than a hard surface floor. Not only does the rug feel softer to the touch on your skin, but the softness gives it suppleness, which allows the rug to absorb some of the impacts of our footsteps. This takes some of the pressure off our bodies.

Foundation Aspect

People naturally know that an area rug helps space feel grounded, even if they don’t know how or why. There are a couple of reasons for this.

The first is that, when appropriately placed, an area rug can help anchor the furniture in a room, which helps to create a warm, intimate space. For example, a living room, family room rug should be large enough that the main pieces of furniture (sofa, chair, and coffee table) are all sitting on the rug, or at minimum have the front legs on the rug. Without the rug, it can feel as though the furniture is "hovering" in the room.

The second reason that area rugs help ground space is that they provide a resting place for both body and energy. If you believe in Feng Shui or similar values, or even if you just intuitively sense it, an area rug slows down the energy that flows through the home.

Energy travels quickly over hard surfaces and more slowly over soft surfaces. Fast-flowing energy can create feelings of nervousness or unease, so with nothing to slow down the energy flow, space can feel somewhat disorganized. An area rug introduces a peaceful environment into space by slowing the energy.


It may sound contradictory, but rugs can have a positive effect on allergens in the home. For years, those with allergies were advised to remove all carpeting from the home, on the basis that rugs or a carpet trap allergens.

Several recent studies have shown that rugs are beneficial to allergy sufferers because it traps allergens—thereby keeping them out of the air where they will be breathed in. If you have no carpet in your home and suffer from allergies or other breathing conditions, you may find that an area rug will help ease some of those problems.

13+ Best Area Rugs for Hardwood Floors

Pell Mell 01: Modern Rug

The idea behind it was to show the disruptions that are happening in the traditional rug to give it a contemporary look. Using muted backgrounds and adding colors to it, to give any room a modern look.

Size: 8 x 10 Feet

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It is a hand-knotted carpet that is made by two artisans (with blessings in every knot) and took six months to get completed. This area rug as a whole is an ultra-modern painting, ready to take your space to the next level.

Colorful Flatweave Geometric Cum Tribal Rug

Flatweave rugs (often called dhurries) are woven on a loom. In general, dhurries are reversible and lightweight, making them easygoing for any center table. 

Size: 5.3 x 7.6 Feet

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This colorful dhurrie has distinctively bold patterns and eye-catching colors. The colorful flatweave area rug is a suggested rug for beach house life. The utmost advantage of this rug is, it is uncomplicated to clean and maintain. I'm pretty sure that this Dhurrie Rug will pump up the style of the center table while adding warmth to the entire ambiance.

Neutral Stripe Modern Rug

Give your room a chic and modern vibe with this simple and neutral stripe modern area rug, by placing this under center table. Crafted from superfine wool, this rectangular rug sports an all-over trend, ribbed pattern, adding textured appeal to your floors.

Size: 4 x 6 Feet

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Also, the simple design and pattern complement the rest of your furniture. Choose this rug if you want to add cool and contemporary updates to your indoor aesthetics.

Seamless Hexagon Pattern Flatweave Rug

This seamless hexagon pattern area rug contains all the key elements of modern and contemporary design. The repeated pattern of hexagons and lines makes it a good fit for any room that has geometric elements. With multiple shades of grey and white, this rug complements the center table of any color. You opt to pair it with antiques for a shabby chic touch.

Size: 6.8 x 8.4 Feet

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Do you know what I love about flatweave rugs? They are reversible and they are capable of resisting most household stains.

Linear Stripes Dhurrie Rug

Decorate your center table with this linear striped dhurrie rug. The assorted mix of colors in this blue area rug, including red, white, multiple shades of blue, creates a unique design suits with a wide range of furniture and colors.

Size: 4.6 x 6.6 Feet

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If you have a coastal, modern, or contemporary theme in your home, this is a great option to go with.

All Over Rug

The beauty of the ‘All Over’ design carpet is that the design is beautifully laid out all over the carpet unlike most of the designs that have the medallion in the center.

Size: Multiple

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Though both the type of designs are very captivating, the ‘Allover’ design is very suitable for areas like the living room, or where you use a table or sofa. It is so because the floral pattern is evenly spread out and visible. If the other design is used, the medallion would be hidden because of the furniture.

Ardabil Red Rug

The Ardabil Rug is the world's oldest dated hand-knotted carpet (still exists) and one of the largest, most beautiful, and historically important.

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It was made in the town of Ardabil in north-west Iran, the burial place of Shaykh Safi al-Din Ardabili, who died in 1334. The Shaykh was a Sufi leader, ancestor of Shah Ismail, founder of the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722).

Colorful Geometric Rug

Prepare your eyes and your living space for lift-off! Elevate and excite your mood. Color is fun, color is excitement, color is life, and that's precisely what this rug will inject into your life, your home, or living space if placed under the center table.

Size: 5.6 x 7.9 Feet

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You can enjoy the peaceful and happy sense of serenity you get by seeing a colorful rug in your home with this colorful abstract rug. The rug is perfect for any space and I'm sure it will complement the lighting of your space. 

Blue Modern Rug with Erased Pattern

This blue modern rug is a wonderful way to add softness and warmth to a room (or space). It complements your furniture and ties your color scheme together, add design and pattern to a room. Moreover, it defines areas within a large space and anchors your center table.

Size: 6 x 9 Feet

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This Modern rug has very soft pastel tones with some color pops and would bring life into any home. It is designed using superior grade wool and is decorated with vibrant hues and ideal artwork. 

Colorful Abstract Rug

Let there be light and colors even if there's not. The splash of colors and an abstract pattern of this colorful rug is an inspiration in a way light dances and refracts off a reflective surface. If you do have a dark color theme in your space, this rug can bring the illusion of sunlight.

Size: 5.6 x 7.9 Feet

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With its attractive appearance, this hand-knotted rug embellishes the look of floors of restaurants, homes, offices, or any other space where you have furniture and a center table. 

High Twist Rug

High twist rugs are very exquisite rugs and are manufactured with superfine handspun wool. A lot of times twisted wool is used to give a tie and dye effect.  The intriguing point about these rugs is that they are done with 'twisted yarn'.

Size: Multiple

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It, in turn, helps in giving a weathered feel and enhancing the ‘vintage and antique’ look. The design of these rugs is based on the Persian style of art. A neutral color palette is generally employed while making the 'High Twist' rugs. One of the best rugs for center table!

Charbagh Silk Rug

Charbagh's carpet design is having a central medallion and floral motifs with arches, represent the 'concept of paradise'. These patterns fall under the category of Charbagh (this is a Hindi Term) motif, where 'char' means Four and 'bagh' means Garden. Which means that there will be four gardens on the carpet. And, this is the same concept on which the Taj Mahal was built. Isn't that interest you?

Size: 5 x 7 Feet

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Comprising of beautiful color combinations and interesting Mughal art design patterns, this captivating piece of silk carpet has a personalized touch of rich Indian history. Extended durability, lavish looks, and true luxury on its own are other few exquisite attributes of this carpet.

Patchwork Rug

If you're looking for a rug that combines color with an understated and cozy design, then, this patchwork rug is the one you can choose. The rug will add a pop of color and some texture to your space, keeping your floor clean and homey.

Size: 6.3 x 8.10 Feet

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You will be appreciating the beauty of this rug for years!

Colorful Pallet Rug

This hand-knotted rug is inspired by the palette of colors. The artisans of this rug were fond of the colors and the patchwork design. In general, they convey optimism, enthusiasm, and passion. These colors evoke warmth due to their brightness and link to the sun.

Size: 6 x 9 Feet

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The colorful rug creates a positive environment and brings life to in and around the room.

Tree of Life Rug

Do you love stories? Narrate the story of this modern rug to your guests. This hand-knotted rug is inspired by the story of the tree of life. The tree of life is a fundamental widespread myth in many of the world's ethical and philosophical traditions.

Size: 6 x 9 Feet

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It is closely related to the concept of the sacred tree. The rug symbolizes a fresh start of your life with positivity, good health, and happiness. This rug would do the same to your room and center table and give it an elegant look. It connects to all the forms of creation.

Mughal Tribal Rug

The tribal carpet designs mostly contain abstract motifs with bold and rusty colors. During the Mughal period, when the kings were on the battlefields. They used to live in the luxurious tents in which the floors were covered with carpets.

Size: 6 x 9 Feet

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The carpet uses cotton & wool warp and weft and the fringes, look very nice with artistic, floral, fine, and intricate patterns. The carpet is made with a wool base, maintaining the originality of the tradition.

Naeen Round Rug

Naeen rugs are beautiful hand-knotted rugs. They have a nice-looking small medallion in the center surrounded by an intricate design. The color palette employed in Naeen rugs is usually subtle. 

Size: 8 x 8 Feet

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The distinguishing point of this rug from other medallion rugs is that the color of the base and the color of the border of the carpet are generally the same.

It is one of our best selling and most enjoyed rugs because of it's quality, pattern and intricacy.

Floral Rug

The hand-knotted rug is one of its kind rugs that is beautifully woven on a special loom. The rug requires a great deal of skill, practice, and years of experience. The rich colors were chosen specifically to show the intricacies of the designer.

Size: Multiple

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"The rugs have been through the hand and blessings of more than 70 people."

Kerman Rug

The 'Kerman Design' rug is a Persian hand-knotted rug. The name of this rug originates from Kerman, a city in Iran. The city is famous for its cultural heritage and history of rug-manufacturing. The Kerman Design carpets are amongst the most exclusive rug patterns that entered the western market. 

Size: Multiple

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The novel aspect of this design is that it has a central medallion that is surrounded by a solid color. The wide border of the carpet usually contains flower or figural motifs. The Kerman rugs beautify the area with their novel and distinctive pattern.

Gol Gumbad Rug

'Gol Gumbad' (also called Gol Gumbaz) is a Hindi term, where 'Gol' means Round and 'Gumbad' means Dome. The Taj Mahal has a flawless interior of the dome, a unique and beautiful pattern within. One can not describe the beauty of it in words. The 'Gol Gumbad' Design Carpet is inspired by the same.

Size: Multiple

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The center medallion of the carpet is inspired by the central ceiling work. And the outer design of 'the diamond cut niches' is also inspired by the magnificent ceiling design.

Tips for Using an Area Rug on Hardwood Floors

Hardwood is known for being the most luxurious type of floor. And, contrary to popular belief, area rugs are not meant to hide your hardwood floors but complement them. A list of tips is given below which will help you choose the best area rug for hardwood floors.

Clean the area before placing the rug

One of the biggest mistakes most people do while placing a rug is forgetting to clean the area beforehand. Even if you want to cover a scratch or another flaw, remember you have to move your furniture and clean the floor properly beforehand.

Dirt particles, oil, and other types of debris can stain and damage your hardwood. Placing a rug on top of a dirty floor will leave visible marks after the carpet is removed. You can prevent this by sweeping, mopping, drying the area thoroughly, and repairing any scratches with filler.

Maintain Your Floors Functionality

The rug is comfortable on your feet, but it’s not suitable for all areas of your house. Besides improving the aesthetic appeal, you should also maintain or improve your floor’s functionality with your carpet.

For instance, thick fluffy area rugs work best in high traffic areas like living rooms. On the other hand, you may want to select a flatter rug for your office so that your office chair can still move around easily. For hallways and other busy areas, you can always use runner carpets that protect and display your hardwood at the same time.

Pick the Right Rug Size for the Room

Selecting a rug size for a living room, or hallway or master bedroom or kids' bedroom can be a little tricky. Choosing the right rug size will help create the impression of having a bigger room. Large rooms should be matched with large carpets.

Traditionally, area rugs either cover just the seating area or the entire space where the furniture sits, so you can choose whichever layout works best for you.

If you have a room with an irregular shape or a particular furniture layout, you can even implement individual or tailored area rugs that create a palpable scheme!

You must have to be sure of what you want. If you want all the furniture to be on the rug or just the coffee table or the bedside table on the rug, then choose your rug size accordingly. Based on your selection the sizes come down to three choices 5x7, 6x9, 8x10, and 9x12.  

Aim to Create Harmony with the Color and Design

Selecting the color of your carpet is a huge step. The first and most important thing you should keep in mind is the tone of your hardwood floor. Then, take a look at other decoration elements in your house, like furniture and wall hangings, to choose a carpet that matches the theme.

All homes are different, so you’ll have to look at your color scheme and décor to make the right choice. But, as a rule of thumb, popular area rug color choices for each floor tone include:

Dark Hardwood

  • Beige
  • White
  • Gray
  • Light blue (with white or light stripes)
  • Pastel Yellow
  • Light colors with bright red or blue accents

Light Wood

  • Pale Orange
  • Earthy tones (think Thanksgiving colors!)
  • Moss green
  • Burgundy
  • Red
  • Brown

Types of Rugs

Rugs come in all shapes, sizes, and fabrics. Which is right for your hardwood floor? Here are a few options to consider based on your design sensibilities.

Wool Rugs: Wool rugs are one of the most common choices for hardwood floors. Durable and easy to clean, wools, and wool blends come in a variety of styles and colors to work with any type of hardwood. This would be our preferred choice for you!

Natural Fiber: If you’re looking for a rug for a contemporary space rather than a formal, traditional look, consider a natural fiber rug like coir, jute, or silk. Just make sure to choose one without a synthetic latex backing.

Dhurrie Rugs: Dhurries are woven from cotton or wool and sometimes a combination of both. Most are made in India (rural areas). As with all area rugs, dhurries have their pros like they’re reversible, have many patterns, woven tightly, and comparatively low-priced.

Silk Rugs: Hand-knotted pure silk rugs are known for suppleness, softness, and fine workmanship. The number of knots per square inch defines the quality of the silk carpet. These extremely fine silk rugs are made in a variety of exotic designs and have very intricate curvilinear designs.

The Rugs Café specializes in luxury, one of its kind, handmade silk rugs and carpets of the finest quality to level up your home décor and interiors of the space. It takes our two weavers around 6-12 months to bring a silk carpet in existence, depending upon the size, quality, number of knots per square inch, and intricacy of craftmanship and design patterns.  

No matter what type of rug you choose, avoid a latex backing as latex can trap moisture and gasses that may ruin your hardwood floor’s finish. Woven and heat set backings allow for airflow but should be placed over rug pads to protect your hardwoods.

Choosing a Rug Pad (Optional)

Speaking of rug pads, before buying a rug and lay it down, make sure to invest in a good pad as a rug’s backing can scrape hardwood floors. But not all rug pads are created equal.

Cheap pads are often made of materials full of VOCs, which can significantly impact indoor air quality. Plus, the wrong materials can result in scratches to your hardwoods, negating the effects of an area rug all together!

Avoid plastic and PVC rug pads. Instead look for pads made with felt, natural (not synthetic) rubber, or a mix of both. Not only are they extra thick for more cushioning and safer for the air you breathe, but they’ll also protect your floors from color bleed-through, scratches, and worn-down finishes.

Always Use a Non-Slip Rug Pad

Just because they are not visible doesn’t mean that rug pads are not important! Non-slip rug pads are usually made of synthetic materials and are placed between the floor and your rug. They have two main functions: protecting your floors against friction damage and preventing your carpet from moving around and causing accidents.

Tips for protecting hardwood floor with area rugs

Prevent Scratching and Dirt with Runners in High-Traffic Areas

Hallways, entryways, and mudrooms are normally high-traffic areas where wood floors see more wear and tear. Use runner rugs in these areas to guard the integrity of the hardwood against shoe scuffing and debris brought in from the outside.

Walking on an area rug that has been placed over a dirty wood floor can grind existing dirt, dust, and sand into the wood. So that nothing comes between you and your rug, sweep and mop the entire area first to prepare the floor. Fix any scratches with wood wax or filler before laying your rug down. For the best results, clean under your rug regularly throughout the year.

Get a Rug with a Woven Backing for Healthy Airflow

One of the worst things you can do to your poor hardwood floors is laid down a rug with a latex backing, which is usually found on natural fiber rugs. Latex traps moisture and gases that can stain and strip your hardwood’s finish. Do your floor a kindness and preserve it by investing in a rug with a woven backing. Wool rugs are safe for hardwood floors because they allow plenty of air to move through their breathable fibers.

Place Oversized Area Rugs in Large Rooms

An oversized rug anchored by furniture is suitable for a living or dining room — but beware. The hardwood preserved under a large rug will maintain its color better than the wood around it. To prevent discoloration on your uncovered flooring, try to limit the amount of direct sunlight your hardwood is exposed to.

Pick the Right Mass for Full Functionality

Rug’s purpose is not to overwhelm the room’s purpose. If you’re placing a rug in an office, make sure it has a low pile that won’t interfere with your rolling office chair. Use high-pile rugs in living rooms and dens with heavy furniture because they’re less susceptible to dents. They’ll protect your hardwood and can be easily fluffed when you rearrange the furniture.

The Bottom Line

Rugs are the best when we think of hardwood floors. On one hand, it will upgrade the aesthetics of the room and on the other hand, it will complement the flooring. Intelligent choosing of an area rug will earn thousands of compliments for your newly bought or redecorated home. 

Hope this article will help you while buying the perfect rug for your sweet abode. Kindly feel free to share your thoughts and any new ideas about area rugs. We are eager to hear from you.    

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