The Case for Neutral Area Rugs

I love a nice, neutral wool area rug. Flat woven wool, preferably, but a thick tufted creation isn't out of the question. The problem is that my husband is always drawn to colorful, printed designs. And we're rug shopping in a major way: for a 9x12 in the living room. Let's just say it isn't pretty.

I've collected these images rather selfishly, in an attempt to make the case for neutrality. I feel like it's such a big purchase and something neutral will always work for us. It also sets up a serene foundation for the room, which is something we definitely could use around here right about now!

What's your preference when it comes to large area rugs?

Images: The Parker Palm Springs, Houzz, Mix and Chic, D. Stanley Dixon, House to Home