Rugs that blur the lines between flooring and art

These art-inspired rugs will add a splash of colour to your home without having to reach for the paintbrush. They're more than just a floor covering...

Even the most beautiful of wooden floors may benefit from a beautiful rug to tie a scheme together or create a focal point within a room. And these art-inspired rugs will add a splash of colour to your home without having to reach for the paint brush.

Like a painting on the wall, rugs can offer personality using colour and texture to transform your home into a space that really reflects your own aesthetics.

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What's more, rugs needn't be confined to the floor. As Deirdre Dyson demonstrates, there are some exciting and different ways to approach rug placement.

Consider hanging them from the ceiling, draping then at an angle, or mounting them from the ceiling. Or abandon the idea of using them as an anchor for furniture and place them out on their own, as the ultimate statement.

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Wherever you position your rug, make sure it is firmly in place.'Polish a floor, put a rug on it, and you might as well set a man trap…' says one particularly humorous public information film from the 1970s entitled 'The Fatal Floor'. And it does have a point.

If your rug is on a hard surface, we recommend putting some anti-slip underlay beneath your rug to prevent it from travelling.

As for pattern, there are endless options available, so here’s a selection of our favourite designs for your perusal.

FRAMIS, £3572, MARY KATRANTZOU, THE RUG COMPANY

The Rug Company Framis

Composing vivid colour and simple organic shapes, the Framis rug represents bold shapes hand knotted in silk on to a soft grey wool background, giving the colours a jewel-like intensity. The design has been expertly translated to create a striking look, perfect for any modern interior.

COLLAGE ABSTRACT MULTI, £320, FLOOR STORY

Floor Story Collage Abstract Multi

Crafted by punching strands of yarn onto a stretched canvas frame, hand tufting brings a deep and luxurious texture. The feel of a hand-tufted rug is hard to beat and the technique is ideal for a myriad of shapes, painterly lines and bright, contrasting colours.

PIVOT RUG, £5282, MARCUS HODGE FOR AMY KENT

Amy Kent Pivot Rug

Hand knotted using wool and art silk, the Pivot rug is like a true work of art. At first glance, it looks as though it’s been painted, displaying lots of texture and rich colours. This rug would make a fantastic focal point to any room.

BACKSTITCH RUG, £1500, BY GAN FOR RAW-EDGES AT WOVEN

Raw-edges at Woven Backstitch rug

Focusing on the ambiguous and irregular universe of stitches, the Backstitch rug displays a new intention to traditional craftsmanship which is intended as both a rug and a tapestry for the wall. Made of 100% pure wool, delicately hand embroidered by the artisans of the GAN Women’s Unit.

ANNI ALBERS DESIGN FOR WALL HANGING (1926), £895, CHRISTOPHER FARR AT TATE SHOP

Tate Shop Anni Albers Design For Wall Hanging 1926

Produced by Christopher Farr in association with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. As the name suggests, this rug is good enough to hang on the wall, Albers designed this in 1926 yet it feels extremely contemporary in style.

LIGHT BETWEEN, £5274, DEIRDRE DYSON

Deirdre Dyson Light Between rug

This rug is hand knotted in wool and silk, using mostly monochromatic colours with pops of unexpected colour. The design almost creates a 'pathway', providing a great lead in or out of a room.

INTERIOR WITH TABLE RUG, £5814.63, FAYE TOOGOOD, CC-TAPIS

CC Tapis interior with Table rug

‘Interior With Table’ is the first rug in a collecton of 6 designs called ‘Doodles’, which encapsulates Faye Toogood’s inimitable playfulness. The overarching aesthetic is painterly, abstract and free-thinking as Cc Tapis explore new styles without boundaries.

SARTO RUG, £399, LINIE DESIGN FOR HEAL’S

Heal's Sarto rug

Adding depth from its textural detailing, this graphic looking rug from Heal’s will add a contemporary touch to your home. The irregular curves mean the rug will suit a multiple of spaces, plus it’s available in three different sized to suit your requirements.

ERNEST RUG, £650, HABITAT

Habitat Ernest rug

Combining abstract shapes with toned down colours, the Ernest hand knotted rug has a bold, statement design with an eye-catching sheen. Designed in-house by Martha Coates for Habitat.