Shag Rugs

Are you looking for an easy way to add cozy texture or a beautiful pattern in your home? A striking shag rug adds softness underfoot and creates a chic, eclectic ambience anywhere, from your bedroom to your family room. At Pottery Barn, we love the way a rug can transform a space. We’re here to help you decide how to enhance your living areas with an updated shag rug, whether you’re looking for a quick way to introduce energizing color or want something light and neutral to harmonize with your existing decor.

What’s Pile Height?

One of the first things to think about as you’re deciding on a shag rug is its pile height – this is a feature that distinguishes shag rugs from other styles and gives them such a dramatic look. Pile refers to how thick and tall the rug’s fibers are. Shag rugs have a longer pile than other rug weave styles, such as Berber carpet. This means that the individual fibers – from the rug backing to the surface you walk on – are longer. It can also mean that the fibers are more closely grouped together.

One wonderful thing about shag carpets is that they give you so many options! Look for a shag rug with a shorter pile if you plan to use it in a higher-traffic space or under your breakfast table. That keeps it easy to walk on or pull out your chairs and sit comfortably. In a room where you plan to spend time lounging, a shag rug with a luxuriously long pile softens the space visually and with its textures.

Abundant Patterns and Colors

Along with painting the walls or hanging new drapes, adding a rug to a room is one of the simplest ways to impart fresh color and set an expressive new stylistic tone. Shag rugs come in plush solid and patterned designs that help you make a statement. Often, patterned shag rugs have lower pile heights than solid options due to the way the designs are woven in. That makes them ideal for higher-traffic spaces, and it can also help you keep them clean if you use them in a dining area.

Modern shag rugs with lower piles and contemporary patterns also come in sophisticated neutral tones and color combinations. A shag rug with a charcoal background and a white pattern is elegant and durable for a high-traffic foyer and brings richness to the space. Simply add coordinating wall mirrors with bronze or weathered frames to complete the look. Or, bring a bit of the beach into your home with a stone-colored shag rug that feels as light as it looks. The color and pattern you choose are all about what you like, so feel free to express yourself!

Comfortable Care for Your Soft Shag Rug

Although they look luxurious and delicate, shag rugs are so easy to maintain. When you first get your shag rug, it might shed a few loose fibers. That’s okay! This is normal, and after a few passes with your vacuum cleaner, your rug will be voluminous and clean. Lay down a rug pad beneath your new floor covering to keep everything stable and protect your floors. If you plan to arrange furniture on top of your shag rug, use caster cups or rug protectors under the legs to protect the fibers.

Today’s shag rugs have such a casual elegance about them. Use these helpful tips to select your new shag floor covering and keep it looking beautiful for years to come.