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Design*Sponge Online Black Book: Best Striped Rugs

by Grace Bonney

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Nothing makes me happier than a stripe. Seriously. As much as I try to become more minimal and prune my stripe collection (lights, towels, rugs and packaging), I keep hanging on to a few trusted pieces that feel timeless and classic. So this installment of our D*S Black Book is devoted to my favorite, striped rugs. These styles aren’t meant to be trendy, over the top or flashy. They’re our tested & trusted recommendations for striped rugs we know for a fact are worth investing in, look great and will always be in style. From skinny stripes to wide band, there’s something here for every home. Even if you’re scared of a pattern, these stripes are so simple and sophisticated there’s no way they could overwhelm a room. If you have a favorite, please let us know below! We’re always on the hunt for great new great new stripes. xo, grace

Click here to check out past D*S Black Book recommendations (Grey, Black and White Paint as well as 12 Wallpapers We Trust)

Click through for all 8 of our favorite (and trusted) striped rugs after the jump…

Ikea’s Stockholm Rug: This affordable alternating striped rug from Ikea has achieved icon status among the online design community- and with good reason. It’s price makes it relatively attainable for most home owners and its style is both classic (you can’t go wrong with black and write) and modern at the same time. While it shows stains a bit more than I’d like (a stain-treatment on the surface is the way to go), it’s so good both in small and large-scale form that it’s my go-to rug for most any space.

Catamaran Stripes by Dash & Albert: For starters, Dash & Albert is my go-to rug company for everything. They’re affordable, make great indoor/outdoor styles (easy to clean) and they ship quickly across the country. I’ve had two different colors of their Catamaran Stripe rug and love it. Primarily because it’s a great WIDE stripe. It instantly gives a room a very airy beachy feel- like you’ve got a sunroom even if you live in a tiny apartment.

Austin Shag Stripe Carpet by Madeline Weinrib: While the pricepoint on this rug is a bit higher than the others on this list, it is a bit more plush and luxurious, too. Madeline Weinrib introduced a gorgeous series of plush shag rugs last year and a stripe was among them. The Austin Striped rug is such a great spin on a classic stripe, but still has the lushness that everyone has been loving in Beni Ourain rugs and similar rugs with high piles and a big fluffy feel.

Dwell Studio Draper Stripe: I’ve loved DwellStudio’s Draper Stripes in every form they’ve come in- from sheets and pillows to rugs. What I love most about this particular style as a rug is the gorgeous colorway it comes in. Normally I like a black and white or pretty neutral stripe, but every time I’ve worked with the Draper Stripe rug in Persimmon, it’s a game changer. It’s such a vivid orange-red but it doesn’t feel so strong that it overpowers the room. It’s just enough of a talking point to be interesting but not enough to make the room ever feel dated or too tied to a particular color trend. *They no longer seem to sell this color on their site, but you can still find it in plenty of shops online. I prefer this older model because the stripes were closer together.

Vineyard Stripe Rug from Ballard Design: I tend to prefer a wide stripe on a rug, but I love the thinness of the stripes on this rug from Ballard Design. But what makes it a keeper for me is the denim colorway it comes in. I think it’s such a beautiful color- a great neutral- and it feel somehow timeless and contemporary at the same time. I’ve seen this used in several homes and I find myself asking again and again where the owner found the rug- and it’s always the same one. It feels like my favorite striped shirt, but in rug form.

Recycled Yarn Nautical Stripe rug at Pottery Barn: You’d be surprised how many spins designers can put on a simple stripe. This rug is one of my favorites because I like how the lines are doubled up with a bit more room to breath. However, I only like this and suggest this in the blue and chocolate colorway because the pale green (which may now be sold out) and black have so much of the space devoted to a cream color that it shows stains much more quickly. I think a darker background color is just more practical. But I love the spacing on these and that it’s made from recycled soda bottles and still soft.

Dippy Wool Flip Flop Carpet by Madeline Weinrib: I’ve always loved this rug. It’s a stripe, but with a bit of an off-kilter feel. The main bands of stripes aren’t perfectly level, which I love. They feel a bit loose but still have the classic feel of a strong stripe.

Aziza by Aelfie: This Brooklyn-based designer has nailed color and pattern with this flatweave rug. It’s the perfect “striped-shirt-turned-rug” feel that I’m always craving and the vivid blue just screams summer. I love that the stripe size and spacing change as you move down the rug- it’s just enough to be interesting but not so much that your eye is drawn to the rug and away from everything else in the room.

Sumera Striped Dhurrie Rug at Ballard Designs: I’ve already posted black and white stripes, but this rug is included because it’s my favorite stripe for a runner. I feel like stripes are a great choice for a narrow space because they can make a room feel bigger. The same rule applies to a narrow hallway, which really benefits from a wide band stripe like this. While this rug does have a high cream-to-black ratio (be sure to stain treat it if you have it in a high traffic area), I think it looks fantastic in person and works in so many great small spaces.

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  • I don’t think the Dwell Studio Draper stripe is being manufactured anymore. Since their sale to Wayfair, they’ve started rebranding Surya rugs as old Dwell styles, including the Draper.

  • I’ve been eyeing the Stockholm rug from ikea for a while. I finally bought it this week, but took it back the next day because it makes me dizzy! Now I’m on the hunt again!

  • I love these black book series, please keep them coming. Can I add a request that you include some photos of how these rugs look in a room, similar to what you did with the black book color series?

  • Hand Tufted rugs are hand made by skilled artisans. Weavers loop wool through a primary backing. A natural latex adhesive is then applied to the back of the rug to secure the wool loops, and a secondary coating is added for finishing. Although the process of manufacturing Hand Tufted rugs is shorter than that of a Hand Knotted rug, each rug remains a unique, handmade work of art.

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