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Ask Casa: Help Me Find an Affordable Rug That We Both Love

Hi Casa,
My boyfriend and I are furnishing his apartment, and are having trouble finding a rug we both like! The furniture we have already bought is modern, but I like to mix modern with more traditional accents so that in five years we don't hate the look we created. To do that, I want to get a rug that isn't too modern, but isn't very traditional (I've ruled out ultra-geometric patterns and he's ruled out florals). We both like this rug from Crate and Barrel, but the 6x9 ft size is really out of our price range at $600, plus, we we would need something closer to 5x8 feet. I also like this Angela Adams rug, but it's also out of our price range!

I want to find something with ocean-inspired colors to go with our green tea colored couch, and complement how I envision the living room evolving over time, but I'm having difficulty finding something we like that doesn't cost too much! I think I would be willing to spend $400 maximum on the rug. To make it more difficult, I'd prefer that it be made with natural materials! I know, it's a tall order!

It would be awesome if you could help me!

Many thanks in advance,
Dr. No

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Hi Dr. No,

That's a tall order, but I like a woman who knows what she wants! So, natural fiber, under $400, not too modern, somewhat undulating wave/stripe pattern, ocean-inspired colors, and something that will work with your green-tea-colored sofa. I think I got it.

My first suggestion is to look at the Pottery Barn Teen Side Stripe Rug ($299 for a five-by-eight size). It's made of wool with a cotton backing, and has a deep blue color and striped pattern that might work for your boyfriend's pad.

Or, you might want to try the Ikea Hellum Rug ($129 for five-by-eight size), which is a more turquoise blue color and features wool construction and stripes, too.

For a more undulating pattern, check out CB2's Camo Rug ($299 for five-by-eight size). Don't be turned off by the name: the wavy stripes, color pattern, and wool construction are all points in its favor.

I hope this helps!

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