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Crave Worthy: Nicola Cerini Rugs

It's not often that I come across a rug that's really the focal point of a room. Rugs tend to be used to bring the colors and furnishings in a space together, simply making things look more composed, and also to soften up a room with hardwood floors. So, it's refreshing (and rare) to see a design that goes above and beyond that, serving itself up as a focal point that owns the space like a bold piece of artwork would. Nicola Cerini Rugs ($899, $1499) do just that with their visually arresting designs and expertly chosen color combinations. Seed Pod (left) is inspired by assorted small seed pod shapes, but gives off a nautical look with its smart red and bluish-gray tones and star-like motifs. The Alhambra rug (right) takes its geometric patterns from the Moorish fortress of the same name. And the others, botanical or oceanic, prove that with attention to composition and color, even the smallest things can be celebrated in large format.

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