Traditionally woven Persian rugs are readily available in this part of the world. Their quality, craftsmanship and heritage are undisputed, but such a classic style doesn't always suit a contemporary home. So where can you find a distinctive rug for a modern residence? We track down five of the best.
Made from Argentinean cow skin, this is a handcrafted piece with an affordable price tag. The rectangular rug has an ornate scalloped border with a floral laser pattern around the edge. Victorian rug, 150cm x 200cm, Dh1,653 at Zara Home. Tel: 04 341 4222, www.zarahome.com.
Loud and proud, this alphabet emblazoned rug, will leave no one lost for words. It's practical too, made from a hardwearing acrylic yarn with a "wool look". Alphabet rug, 170cm x 240cm, Dh1,653, Arte Espina by Style International. Tel: +44 845 071 9456. www.arteespinarugs.co.uk.
Perfect to grace a boudoir, this luxurious rug shows a sketch of a classic beauty staring from a gilded frame. Glamour Girl rug by Lulu Guinness, hand knotted in Tibetan wool and silk, 183cm x 122cm, Dh11,400, The Rug Company. Tel: +44 20 7229 5148. www.therugcompany.info.
A special Tibetan weaving technique means that this rug reflects a range of colours when viewed from different angles. Handwoven and finished from a blend of wool and silk, it features a quirky fish and water design. Blue Fish rug, from Dh1,590 per square metre, Luke Irwin.
Tel: +44 1725 553 000. www.lukeir-win.com.
This 100 per cent wool rug is handmade in India. The bold fern leaf design is brought to life by a palette of shaded, jungle-inspired greens and yellows. Laura Jade rug, from the Floral range, 305cm x 244cm, from Dh4,234, GH Frith. Tel: +44 845 4900 600. www.ghfrith.com.