In a large, open-plan living room, rugs can help to map the layout by providing a focus for each zone and a visual anchor for the furniture. In the dining area, choose a rug that’s large enough to hold the table and chairs, even when people get up to leave. If the floor beneath is stone or wood, this will protect it from scratching and muffle sound. A rug is the natural centrepiece for a seating group, adding colour and potentially pattern and texture, too. The furniture should be placed fully or partially on the rug to create a comfortable zone for relaxing.
Konya wool kelim, from 150cm by 240cm, £465, Oka.