This Bold Rug Trend Might Be the Boost Your Home Needs
For the past ten years or so, Beni Ourain style Moroccan rugs have dominated design. Made of hand-knotted wool and typically featuring a zig zag or diamond motif in minimalist black-and-white (or cream-and-brown) colors, you often couldn’t scroll through Instagram or Pinterest without seeing one of these guys. Well, the pendulum appears to be swinging away from that understated aesthetic, which will still always be relevant for its simplicity. But right now, designers and brands are all about embracing color drenched and saturated area rugs featuring some of those same intriguing geometric shapes Moroccan textiles are known for.
To be fair, many authentic new and vintage boucherouite rugs and some berber rugs from Morocco have always been colorful. They just haven’t been as popular as the often neutral, undyed Beni Ourains, so their influence on interiors hasn’t been fully felt until now. This shift probably has something to do with the fact that maximalism is back. Rainbow colored rugs are anything but understated, but there is a way to work them into a neutral scheme, if that’s more your speed.
Ready to go all in on the trend? One of these Moroccan-inspired saturated area rugs will certainly brighten up your living room or bedroom. Feeling more comfortable to just dip your toe into the trend? Then go with something small for a space like your entryway or kitchen. Here are some favorite vibrant but cozy rugs to bring this look home.
Navy Moroccan Diamond Area Rug
Handmade Vintage Moroccan Berber Rug
You’ve got to like red to bring this flashy vintage rug home. This one-of-a-kind wool piece is in good condition and likely dates to the 1970s. If you’re into a more traditional look, this might be a good compromise piece, since it marries a classic medallion motif with a super charged palette.
Buy: Handmade Vintage Moroccan Berber Rug, $1,105 for a 5.6′ x 7.9′ rug from Apartment Therapy Bazaar
Soukie Modern Vintage Moroccan Dahlia Rug
This beautiful handwoven boucherouite runner lends a vintage vibe to any room, along with a touch of whimsy. Bonus: Like other boucherouites, it’s easy to clean, making it ideal for areas that get a lot of foot traffic. The dimensions are perfect for a long hallway.
Buy: Soukie Modern Vintage Moroccan Dahlia Rug, $1,498.00 for a 2’6” x 8’5” runner from Anthropologie
Novogratz Olivia Hand-Tufted Multicolor Area Rug
Rainbow-hued diamonds weave across an ivory backdrop in this enchanting plush rug. The colors and slightly shag profile give it a fun retro feel that would make it perfect for a family room or playroom.
Buy: Novogratz Olivia Hand-Tufted Multicolor Area Rug, Starting at $119.99 for a 3’6″ x 5’6″ rug from Bed Bath & Beyond
Multi Moroccan Collage Area Rug
Coastal Shag Rug
Reni Vintage Tribal Kilim Rug
Nourison Moroccan Casbah Abstract Diamonds Rug
Charming jewel tones and an eye-catching pattern of diamond-in-diamond shapes mingle with a checkerboard and striped border to create an unforgettable accent for your living room or bedroom. Leaning more into maximalism these days? Then this might be the rug for you.
Buy: Nourison Moroccan Casbah Abstract Diamonds Rug, Starting at
$39.99 $27.99 for a 4′ runner from Bed Bath & Beyond
Safavieh Casablanca Hand Tufted Moroccan Rug
If you’re not quite ready to fill your room with all the colors, try experimenting with this hand-tufted rug featuring just warm tones in shades of red, orange, and violet. The braided tassel trim makes it feel extra detailed and special.
Buy: Casablanca Hand Tufted Moroccan Rug, Starting at
$84.99 $77.99 for a 2′ 3″ x 8′ rug from Target