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28 Unique Rug Ideas For A Small Living Room

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It can be hard to decorate and design a living room, especially if that living room is on the small side. While there are many factors that go into designing a living room, one ideal way to start the process is by choosing a rug. But how do you choose a rug that fits stylistically with the room, and how do you determine the layout and size of the rug? Fortunately, we've got some tips and tricks that you can use whether you're starting your living room from scratch or you're looking for a new way to style what you already have.


Fireplaces are often a focal point in a living room and are commonly centered on the wall. You may be tempted to center a rug in front of it, and while that does work, you can also have it off-centered and to the side. You can see that it's effective in this room because it allows more of the chair to rest on it, and then as it extends outward, it draws your attention towards the fireplace and the rest of the room. The off-center rug tends to fit more with eclectic or modern styles, so if that's what you're striving for, try unconventional placement of your rug.

Styling with Shiplap

Shiplap is synonymous with farmhouse style, and it can work well in small living rooms. When you're looking for a rug that goes with white shiplap walls, try to incorporate some of that white into the rug. The room shown here fits into modern farmhouse style, which you can see with the clean cut lines and refined look. Modern farmhouse rugs tend to not be distressed or worn looking, so if you're looking to create that modern farmhouse look in your living room, choose a rug that has modern patterns and color in it, but still connect white from the rug to the walls so the space feels cohesive.

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Paisley Patterns

Paisley patterns tend to be very colorful and complex. Whenever you decorate with them, especially in a small space, you want to keep the other accents minimal so that you don't detract from the rug or make the room too busy. That doesn't mean the room needs to be completely empty though; look at your throw pillows and blankets and add in some of the rug's colors with them. Vases and plants can also go well with paisley, as long as you don't choose overly ornate vases.

Contemporary Style

Contemporary design tends to use simple, clean cut lines and loves to incorporate artwork. Stylizing your room with red and white as your main color palette is a perfect way to capture that contemporary style and add in a bold pop of color. Because the furniture of this room is all black and white, the red in the rug stands out clearly, but it still fits in the room because of the white design connecting back to the furniture. You can follow this same design idea with a dual-toned rug that serves as a unique piece of art in your living room.

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Rugs and Colored Furniture

If you have colored furniture, you may struggle to decide what color scheme or style rug you want to pair with it. Neutral colors like gray, beige, and white tend to work well, and those colors can be found in just about any style of rug since they're such popular shades. In this room, you can see how the pink of the chairs almost reflects back into the colors of the rug, even though the rug is just gray and white. That's one subtle reason why matching color with a neutral rug like this can work out well in any house, including yours.

The Bridge

When you have two sofas or seating areas facing one another like this living room, you can center your rug between the two and have the front legs atop the rug. The rug serves as a connection between the two seats both literally and stylistically, since the blues and grays of the rug tie to the colors of the sofas and pillows. Setting up your rug this way really helps a room feel symmetrical, which is often the case with traditional styles.

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Black and White

Black and white can work well in both large and small spaces, and those colors can be stylized in so many different ways. If you're looking to create a more eclectic or contemporary vibe in your living room, choose a rug that uses black and white with unique patterns and textures. The black lines of this rug aren't perfectly uniform, which gives it a feeling of eclecticism and artfulness. The texture is unique too, which adds dimension to the room. This rug and so many others display these traits, so go find one that speaks to you and design your space your way.

Scandinavian Style

Scandinavian style is focused on creating warm and cozy spaces. You can accomplish this overall by using lots of neutral colors in your palette and including natural elements like wood. The rug, however, can also play a huge part in setting that style. Choose a rug that fits into that neutral color scheme, and then go for a rug that is cozy and comfortable. One that has more shag or height to it like this rug is more inviting than lower rugs and definitely will add an air of coziness to your Scandinavian living room.

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Amazing Angles

Traditional spaces tend to use their furniture, rugs, and accents in more predictical, standard ways, such as keeping them centered and displayed in straight lines. It's definitely wise to do that with your rug, but when you do that, that gives you the freedom to add in a little more whimsy with your furniture layout. In this room, you can see that the sectional is set on straight lines, but the chair in the corner is angled. You can play with angles a bit more when you go with a safe, centered layout for your area rug.

Connecting Patterns

One common way to connect a rug to the rest of the room is to use the rug's colors in other accents like pillows, blankets, vases, and so on. But you can also connect your rug to the rest of the room by using similar patterns. This rug has an ornate black, white, and gray pattern to it that is then carried over into the pillow. The patterns aren't identical, but they're similar enough in tone and sizing that they easily go hand in hand. You can mix and match rugs and pillow patterns in your living room to subtly tie it all together.

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Subtle Connections

When you're looking to tie together your living room decor, even the smallest details can be the connections you need. It's not noticeable at first in this photo, but just about every item in the room has lines in it. The rug, the sofa, the pillows, the vase, the side table, and even the brick wall has lines. The only piece I didn't mention was the artwork, but even that has one line going down the middle of it. So when you're looking to tie your room together, look for even the smallest commonalities, and include it in your rug as well so the design goes from the floor up.

Love Those Layers

Layering two rugs on top of each other creates dimension and style in your small living room. This boho living room shows that perfectly by putting a smaller, plush rug atop one that has a flatter piling. When you layer your rugs, make sure that they have some similarities with each other, such as them both being in the same color family and both having similar texturing. Layered rugs can fit into a few different design styles, but if you're creating a Boho living room, then layering rugs is perfect since it highlights Boho's love of textures and "collecting."

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Framed Rugs

Oftentime with rugs, you'll see the entire rug framed with an special border around all four sides. You can find rugs with that sort of framing mostly in traditional and formal spaces, but if you are trying to create something a little more relaxed and youthful, choose a rug that only has the border on two ends of the rug. It especially helps if that border is the same material and texture as the rest of the rug, like the one that you see here, if you're looking for an understated and relaxed look in your living room.

Pile On the Compliments

Aside from rugs having specific patterns woven into them, you can choose rugs that have a design AND different heights to them. By choosing a rug that has a design made out of different pile heights, you automatically add visual interest to the rug and highlight whatever the rug's design is. In small living room decor in particular, this gives you an opportunity to add in a fresh design element without cluttering the space with multiple pieces.

Unstuffy Sophistication

Elegant styles can sometimes feel unattainable and unrelatable, especially when it comes to fitting it into small living rooms. Well, one way that you can create an elegant vibe in your small living room is by using a rug that incorporates dark colors with unique, modern design. This rug has the sleek contrast of elegant style with white and dark grays, but it adds in relatability and relaxation with its pattern. When you're trying to create elegant spaces without making them feel stuffy, go for the elegant color scheme with a different styled pattern in the rug.

Running into Style

Whether you're trying to stylize a small living room or just a small sitting area elsewhere in your home, runners can be the perfect solution on how to style a small space. You can place them directly in front of the sofa or seating to serve as a nice break from the flooring, add in comfort at your feet, and show off your personal style. When you do use a runner like this, be sure to fill in other spaces intentionally, so that it's obvious you styled the space and considered how to best use every area of it.

Yellows and Grays

Yellow and gray are a color combination that you often see with either traditional style or farmhouse style. When you use lighter tones of each, it helps create a light and airy atmosphere. If you choose a rug with grays and yellows, you can pull those colors out in the accents and other fabrics. These colors don't have to be a complete match--in fact, it's often better to incorporate different shades of the same color so each element has its moment to shine. In this case, the flowers, the gold lamp, and the yellow of the blanket each stand out more because they're not the same exact shade as the rug, and yet they work together because the rug establishes the color scheme.

Rugs and Floor Seating

Modern furniture can be different from your standard sofa or chair; sometimes, the seats themselves sit on the floor. So how do you style a rug with that sort of seating? You can follow the "leg rule" of placing the front corners of the chairs on the rug. since the seats are literally on top of the rug though, it's vital that you find a clear connection between the two, such as the color. Textures can be another commonality, but especially when you choose a rug like this with multiple colors, you may want to choose solid fabrics for the seats so you don't over complicate your living room.

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Matching Moodiness

Light and bright rooms are great, but sometimes, you just need a little bit of drama. Going with darker walls and flooring definitely helps set that mood. However, don't feel like you need to match the wall color; you can go with a different color entirely, or you can choose a color that's in the same family but different hue. This room has blue/gray walls with a teal blue rug, which works since they're both in the blue family and they're both deeper shades of color. When you're looking to mix colors, make sure that they share the same mood so that the space is cohesive.

Subtle Sea-nery

Modern coastal style can fit well into small spaces and large spaces alike, given a few principles. The obvious coastal connections in this room include the wood walls, palm fan, driftwood, and natural materials, but it doesn't stop there. When you're designing a modern coastal living room, find opportunities to include coastal colors like blue, even if that blue leans into another color like blue/gray or blue/green. Using those tones in the rug is a nice, subtle way to add in that style without the room screaming "beach house."

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Big and Small

Completely filling a room with a rug, especially a rug with a pattern, is a neat way to fill the room with style. You may be wondering how that differs from just carpeting the room, but using a rug instead gives you a lot more flexibility with changing it out when the time comes and using stylish patterns like the one in this living room. With a large rug, you also have more freedom with furniture placement, so you can truly optimize your space with your style and functionality in mind.

Red, White, and Blue

Red, white, and blue are common patriotic colors often associated with the American flag and the 4th of July. However, those colors don't need to just be patriotic; they can be stylish even beyond that. Using an abstract red, white, and blue rug like this one can just show off a winning color combination without being an obvious or even intentional callback to patriotism. It CAN be if you want it to be, but that's a good color combination that can be used in any home and in any room.

Modern Boho

As opposed to traditional Boho style, modern Boho tends to be more restrained with how many items it uses in the room and how frequently it uses pattern and color. This living room shows off Boho style with its many natural materials and greenery, but it leans into the modern with its sleek furniture and lack of knick-knacks. When you're looking for a rug for your modern Boho living room, choose a rug that still highlights texture, but chose one that either has no pattern or a very minimal one.

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Living Room Office

Working from home is becoming more and more common, and sometimes, the living room is the perfect place to set up your work desk. One perfect way to connect that work area to the rest of the living room is to use a rug. The rug shown here is placed beneath the desk chair, and then it extends backward behind it into the rest of the living space. Not only does it literally connect the desk chair to the sofa, but it also serves as a color inspiration for tying those two areas together. Whatever your living room office situation is, look for ways to tie it to the rest of the room with color and rug placement.

Perfectly Balanced

Chalkboard walls are cute and functional, but they can be hard to style with since the wall is so dark and matte. To balance this, try use the chalkboard wall as a backdrop for one area of the room, and then use a different wall color for another section, like this room does with its living area and office set-up. The black chalkboard and the white office wall here may seem like a stark contrast, but it's tied together by the gray rug that's mostly in front of the white wall. It's through the use of light accents in the living area and the dark ones in the office that ties it all together, and you can imitate this in your own living room office setup.

Dark and Light

This living room is another prime example of how modern design tends to use clean, white walls for its base, and then add in the style with its accents. With modern living rooms, you can continue to use light colors all throughout the space, or you can do what this room does and use darker accents like the chairs and the rug. The perk of using a darker rug is that it prevents the room from feeling too bland or unsaturated, and it gives you an opportunity to add in your favorite color not only in that rug, but in other accents throughout the space.

Not Too Big, Not Too Small

Rugs can be placed completely under furniture, under the front two legs, or just out in front of the furniture. We've seen the benefits of the other styles, but one benefit of having it in front of the seating is that the floor is better displayed. Herringbone flooring and other more detailed flooring should be shown off when possible, so choosing a rug that is big enough to establish the sitting space but small enough that it won't hide the entire floor is the perfect way to set up your living room when you have unique flooring.

Pattern Mixing

If you love your patterns, use them! Colors can be a common connection between different patterns, but geometry can be another similarity. Notice in this room how the rug is composed of diamonds and straight lines. Other accents may not use diamond shapes, but they do incorporate straight lines. You can see it in the tile wall, the pillows to the right, and even the pillow on the left hand chair. Subtle connections like these are what will make your living room feel cohesive and intentional.

Stylizing your small living room with a rug doesn't have to be some gargantuan task that is daunting and frustrating. By finding commonalities between your rug and your accessories and by being intentional with your rug placement and sizing, you can fill your small living room with style and create a space that you'll love each and every day.

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When it’s time to redecorate, initiate with a rug. Using inspirational rug ideas for a small living room design gives you a foundation to build a cohesive color scheme and room layout. If you’re ready to bring the perfect living room to your home, refer to our previous articles on the blog page. Let your creative juices flow.

We are back again to discuss rugs for the living room. The living room is the primary focus of house decor since every one of your home lives there, house gatherings are held there, and the most important thing is guests who visit your home first step into your living room. Whether it can be large or small or with different shapes, a living room isn’t complete without a rug. In one of our previous articles, we brought you some fantastic ideas about rugs for the living room. This article brings you the rug ideas for a small living room. 

Why are living room rugs essential?

Living room rugs add texture and comfort—not to mention a soft place to land your feet. You can choose various colors, styles, patterns, and sizes. When the space is large or small than the middle size, you have to choose between the above variations and carefully study what type of rug should be placed, where the rug should be placed, and many more. Keep reading this article and check out some fantastic rug ideas for a small living room.


Making the living room a bit modern will capture the eyes when it is small. Modernization starts with simple patterns but is vibrant. Bold, geometric patterns in vibrant colors pack a casual punch in a modern living room where white is painted with neutral tones on the walls and couches, while the saturated red tone stands alone and draws the eye to the floor, making a real statement. The use of golden tones and dark blues in soft furnishings complements the red without overpowering it.


If wall-to-wall carpeting isn’t an option, fully covered carpets can completely wrap around a seating area, making an open space feel intimate. A bit large shag rug creates a defined space and suitable background for mid-century modern furniture. 


This may sound weird for rug ideas for a small living room and may seem counterintuitive, but use a rug that extends beyond the furniture in each functional space when possible. For example, a rug placed under the sofa, coffee table, and additional seating in a living area will widen the eye and make the living space look larger. On the other hand, a small rug slightly larger than the coffee table can feel like a bath mat, causing the living space to read as limited in size.


Anchoring a gorgeous four-poster couch requires a decidedly beautiful rug, and a vintage-inspired design is up to the task. With a cream ivory background covered in a traditional pattern accented with pleasant, muted tones, a coastal rug ties the space together. Placing the rug halfway down the couch shows off more of the bold design, adding character to the small but bright living room. The multi-textured surface, reminiscent of ancient mosaics, creates a beautiful contrast.


Place a Tibetan rug if you need to have a perfect touch with a relaxing style where tradition meets design. These rugs may create artistic designs and a travel vibe completely different from other rug ideas for a small living room. Add a retro rug in bright pinks, purples, blues, and yellows. Brilliant colors are not overwhelming when they are on the ground. Add a neutral couch and treasure your travels. Finish the look with some indoor plants. Your small bohemian living room will be your new favorite place in your home. 


Using contemporary or oriental rug ideas for a small living room never goes out of style. It can be surprisingly versatile in all kinds of houses. There is an Oriental rug for every space with thousands of options in color, fabric, scale, and style, whether you’re looking to accent an English-inspired living room or an Asian royal look. Going monochromatic or neutral with the rest of the room’s decor will be a great decision when designing with oriental rugs. And also, remember to match the colors with furniture and mix the patterns.


Jute, Sisal, Bamboo, and grass rugs are somewhat exceptional and eco-friendly. Those silky plant fibers give your small living room a naturally soft hand feel and eye-catching textural appeal. Since these rugs are durable and long-lasting, it makes your home perfect for gatherings. If both you and your home are small but busy, placing an eco-friendly rug will give you and handful of benefits. As mentioned, the benefits of eco-friendly rugs are a lot, and you can buy them more reasonably than purchasing synthetic ones. It’s a beautiful option for those who have small spaces, as it pairs well with a lighter color palette. 

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how to choose the right one? We have collected 5 basic tips that will help you avoid mistakes and find a carpet that will "fit" into the interior flawlessly.


Choose a larger size

If the choice is between a small or a large carpet, choose a large one. It will make the room visually more spacious. A small carpet, on the contrary, will visually reduce the space, and the room may seem cramped.

How do you know if the carpet size is right?

Without a doubt, living room and dining room especially need a large carpet. Just imagine how great it will be to gather family or friends in the evening, sit on a fluffy shaggy and play board games or watch a movie. And there's room for everyone! In addition, a large carpet perfectly will bring furniture into an ensemble and give a sense of harmony and general mood.

2. Use ornament

Don't be afraid to experiment with carpet ornament.

It's like a seasoning that will give your "dish" - your interior - all facets of taste. Of course, a solid color or neutral carpet is “safe” as it won’t draw as much attention. But with the ornament you get a lively, inviting space that will reflect your personality .

Don't know which ornament to choose? Are you sure that it is difficult to combine them in the interior?

Here's a little cheat sheet on which patterns suit different styles:

And here are 4 easy rules on how to combine patterns in the interior:

Whatever carpet ornament you choose, it will suggest a solution for the rest and allow you to “build” the interior you want.

3. Decide on the material

Carpets are now made from dozens of materials, both natural and synthetic.

We analyzed all of them in detail in the article “Modern materials in carpets. Selection Guide" - run through it before you buy!

Why is it important to pay attention to the material of the carpet?

In addition to the properties you need, it will bring a special atmosphere to the interior. Each material has its own energy and tactility. Touching wool, viscose or silk will give you a completely different feeling - and it is important to choose the most pleasant.
In addition, the material will emphasize the texture of furniture and floors.

By the way, if you have a beautiful wooden floor , don't be afraid to "hide" it with a carpet. The texture of wood from the neighborhood with a properly selected carpet only wins, being filled with new colors and becoming even more noble.

When choosing a carpet for the interior, our decorators always take into account the shade and texture of the floor, so that the resulting ensemble looks perfect. As a result, you will get a stylish interior and all the comfort that a carpet can give.

4. Do not leave the purchase of a carpet "for later"

If you are creating an interior from scratch, start with a carpet.

Find a carpet, complement it with suitable textiles and decor, and the formula for the perfect interior has been found! Trust me it will be easy.

How set the mood for the interior with the help of a carpet, we wrote in our article.

5. Remember that a carpet is not always expensive

In our catalog you will find handmade and machine-made carpets for any budget. Set the parameters you need in the filters to get a selection of suitable carpets!

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Our company, which has existed for more than 20 years, buys carpets directly from weavers at manufactories. You pay only for the carpet itself, and not for a long chain of intermediaries.

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The living room is the hallmark of any home. In it we meet guests and spend evenings with the family. Therefore, it is important to provide this room with comfort and warmth. And what could be more comfortable than a soft and pleasant carpet under your feet? With it, any living room becomes habitable and harmonious. However, it is difficult to decide on the existing variety of carpet options, their designs, colors, materials and sizes. We will help you figure out which carpet is best to put on the floor of the living room.

What material should I choose for the living room carpet?

First you need to decide on the preferred material for your future carpet. The price, pile height, heat and sound insulation of the carpet, as well as ease of maintenance will depend on this parameter. First of all, the carpet in the living room should be pleasant to the touch, so jute, hemp and coconut products are not very suitable for this role. Carpets made from natural materials (wool, cotton, silk, viscose) are always more expensive, due to the cost of production.

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Carpet Catrin VC2088-V97

8 420 — 36 100 r.

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Carpet Shapur OS1531-O57

RUB 15,800 — RUB 134,100

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Lint-free carpet Millenio LM3298-L11

40 500 - 163 600 rubles.

natural carpets

Artificial materials in the composition of carpets are cheaper and no less high-quality analogues of natural components. For example, wool, in terms of its tactile and thermal insulation qualities, may well replace high-quality polypropylene or acrylic.

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Carpet Platinum RP1013-R73

RUB 13,800 — RUB 71,900

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Carpet Essence OE1678-O40

24 300 — 52 300 r.

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Carpet Flower OF2832-O123

RUB 21,100 — RUB 45,200

Carpet Matrix 5747-17933

2 780 — 18 900 rub.

synthetic carpets

How big should the carpet be in the living room?

As a rule, when choosing a carpet for the living room floor, you need to build on the size of the sofa or the seating area as a whole. A small carpet (100*140, 120*170, 140*200 cm) will fit perfectly into the space in front of the sofa, under the coffee table. An average carpet (160*230, 200*300 cm) is placed in front of the furniture so that only the front legs stand on it. On a large carpet (300 * 400 cm or more), all the legs of the furniture should fit.

What is the length of the pile of the carpet in the living room?

The living room carpet should be presentable, but at the same time practical and durable. The best solution would be dense carpets with a medium pile of wool or high-quality synthetics. The maximum degree of comfort will bring a carpet with a long pile, which is incredibly pleasant to walk on, as well as lie down and play. But such a carpet requires more thorough and delicate cleaning, so it is not recommended for interiors with high traffic, as well as for pets.

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Carpet Rabbit Rex Blush

3 350 — 26 500 rub.

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Carpet Sahara RS1906-R463

24 400 — 38 400 r.

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Carpet Moonlight RM1469-R510

5 270 - 46 800 rubles

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Carpet Symphony OS1764-O65

RUB 23,100

long pile carpets

If you prefer easy care but want to step barefoot on a soft floor, a chenille lint-free carpet is the best solution!

Double-sided lint-free carpet Machka Duo 3804

13 100 rub.

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Lint-free carpet Modena Aydin Epino-86263

16 900 — 26 600 rubles.

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Lint-free carpet Lazio RL1958-R582

RUB 26,700

Double-sided lint-free carpet Palermo BPA973-62823

2 530 - 3 680 rubles

lint-free carpets

How to choose the color for the carpet in the living room?

An important point when choosing a carpet for the living room is its compatibility with other decorative elements of the room: curtains, pillows, paintings. Choose the color of the product so that, together with other accessories, it makes up a harmonious ensemble.

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Carpet Wedgwood Home Arris-37309

84 400 - 418 100 rubles.

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Carpet Geo BG623-B303

15 300 — 34 800 r.

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Carpet Adele VA015-V18

13 500 — 38 400 r.

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Carpet Nexus BN100-B81

5 650 — 11 800 rub.

Carpet can act as the main accent that sets the tone for the entire living room. A bright, catchy product will attract attention and dilute a boring and faded interior.

Double-sided lint-free carpet Craft And Wool Talsi-Multi

39 500 — 64 800 rubles.

Carpet Radiant VR2335-V190

RUB 37,900

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Carpet Hunnu 6A2771-001

22 900 — 37 300 rub.

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Carpet Catrin VC2097-V87

8 420 — 49 100 r.

Carpet in light colors will look great on the dark floor of the living room, as well as with bulky furniture. Conversely, a delicious chocolate color will suit a beige interior.

sale 30%

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Carpet Venezia RV391-R122

4 260 — 25 800 r.

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Carpet Soho 1612-15011

1 580 — 25 400 rub.

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Carpet Venezia RV375-R121

6 220 — 25 800 rub.

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Carpet Verona RV419-R136

6 740 — 39 300 rub.

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