The oldest rug fragments and mentions of their use date back to 4,000 BC, an era when, according to evidence, a flat weave was the choice design. Oftentimes parents and their children would not only use it as a bed, but to keep warm in the winter and to sit on while working. Because of its myriad uses, a home’s carpet was considered a family’s most prized possession.
Similar to the families that came before them, modern homeowners have durability on the brain when they head out to hunt down a rug of their own. Lately though, due to increased access, affordability and supply, a rug’s style is arguably more important (to many) than how long it will last. And we are not complaining! Over the years the talented homeowners whose spaces we’ve featured have taken risks with their carpets, tracked down unique varieties and chosen to go bold with texture and color in a way we can’t help but applaud. That being said, you simply have to scroll down to check out the varied ways the homes we’ve peeked inside have put to use one of decor’s original staples. And when you’re done, be sure to check out the world’s oldest rug here. Enjoy! —Garrett
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