17 Carpets So Ugly They’ll Give You Vertigo
Lay these on your own floor at your own risk.
The past few decades have seen some seriously atrocious trends in floor coverings. From the shag carpet trend of the ’70s to the carpeted bathroom trend of the ’90s, most of us (and our homes) have fallen victim to more than a few crimes against design.
But the thing is, hideous rugs are more than just hideous. They’re hilarious. So whether you’re looking to make the ugliest decor statement possible, or are simply curious which rugs we found so offensive they play tricks on the eyes, we’ve uncovered the worst (real, for-sale) carpets we could find that are so ugly you can’t help but chuckle.
Wool Pebbles Cobblestone Rug
$29-428; buy now at rugsusa.com
If you were looking for a way to bring a piece of your outdoor garden into your living room, this Wool Pebbles Cobblestone Rug is the perfect solution. Fortunately, it’s plush and comfortable—nothing like those outdoor rocks it resembles. They really thought of everything here.
Alpharetta Retro Tribal Bands
$53-223; buy now at rugsusa.com
The perfect rug for the disorganized soul who can’t decide which generic pattern to incorporate into their carpet. Some of the rug’s reviewers highlight the fact that kids love this rug because a few of its patterns look like little roads to run their toy cars on. Unfortunately, it also looks like the ideal place to hide a few dozen Legos.
Basketball Soft Carpet
$37.99; buy now at ebay.com
The only thing worse than this ridiculous rug is this even more ridiculous product photo. As if someone with floor-to-ceiling windows would ruin things with a basketball rug.
Waterhog Classic Tile Inside Entrance Geometric Pattern
$194.41-211.88; buy now at madmatter.com
If you’re seeking a retro, doctor’s office-inspired carpet, then this rug by Mad Matter will finally fulfill your fantasies. Not only is this pattern likely to clash with nearly everything you own, but the color is destined to suck the life out of any room it inhabits.
Two Moons Space Age Rug
$263.03; buy now at etsy.com
Just because this rug may be labeled “vintage,” doesn’t mean there’s anything chic about this psychedelic shag. If you’re unsure of where to stow this thing, consider the darkest possible corner of your home. In this case, we’re glad that this rug is one-of-a-kind.
$40-200; buy now at esalerugs.com
Does your toddler have a bad habit of coloring on the furniture? Get them this rug! Seriously, anything goes here. Wine stains. Paint stains. With this rug, you won’t have to put the cap or lid on anything ever again.
3D Floral Print Rug
$10.37-17.12; buy now at rosegal.com
Woah, what’s happening here?! Fortunately, this rug doesn’t actually have 3D petals. It just really, really looks like it does. If you do decide to buy it, pair it with neutral (read: all-white) home accessories so as not to clutter your design aesthetic. Though, to be fair, if this rug falls into your design aesthetic, you may have bigger issues.
Rainbow Shag Rug
$122.82-223.97; buy now at overstock.com
As a rule of thumb, shag carpeting doesn’t belong anywhere near a modern home. But if you truly think you could make it work, you’ll probably still want to stay away from this rainbow option. Although, to its credit, it’ll be super easy to match to your room—since it already possesses every color known to man.
Multicolor Checkerboard Rug
$96.04-334.04; buy now at express.google.com
Similar to the previous rug, the Multicolor Checkerboard Rug by The Curated Nomad is for those who can’t make up their mind on a color scheme. Plus, it’s got an ugly geometric design to boot.
$83-395; buy now at rugsusa.com
Though blending different styles can sometimes benefit your home, combining farmhouse style with ’50s diner decor isn’t working out too well for this questionable rug.
Star Wars Wampa Plush Throw Rug
$150; buy now at express.google.com
Alright, Star Wars fans—enough is enough. This Wampa-Yeti hybrid will destroy any semblance of style you’ve cultivated in your home. Unless you’re throwing it down in a children’s room, you’ll want to avoid this thing. Plus, it’s kind of scary, and terrifying your guests is just plain rude.
Strange Vermilion Green Fantasy Bath Rug
$40; buy now at wayfair.com
We’re not opposed to showcasing a few unusual accessories in your home, but we’d advise you to do it in the form of artwork or photography. Or whatever the opposite of a bath mat is.
Cowhide Patchwork Rug
$734-4,455; buy now at sunlandhomedecor.com
Have you always wanted an animal-hide rug but couldn’t decide which animal you wanted? Then you’ll probably want this cowhide patchwork option. It even comes made-to-order so you can decide exactly which colored cows you’d like to invite into your space.
Forest Floor Photo Fun Rug
$549.95; buy now at schoolsin.com
It’s always fun to bring the outdoors in. But you might be better off with a houseplant or a green accent wall. To ensure your guests don’t feel the need to avoid stepping on these cute little critters, we suggest you skip this “forest floor” rug at all costs.
Crime Scene Area Rug
$154.95; buy now at cafepress.com
The only crime you’ve committed here is shelling out your hard-earned cash for a ridiculous eyesore. Although, we’ll make an exception for throwing it down on Halloween.
Basset Hound Rug
$24.49-66.49; buy now at society6.com
Though in any other respect this rug would be an adorable addition to any pet lover’s home, a basset hound passing gas stumbles far beyond tacky and heads into an ugly territory all of its own. So, sure, purchase a rug that makes you think of your canine pal—but don’t buy one that will also make your guests question your taste.
The Ugly Duchess Bath Mat
$24.95-34.95; buy now at cafepress.com
Unless you’re a die-hard fan of Quentin Matsys’ painting, “The Ugly Duchess,” it’s probably best to avoid this terrifying bath mat. Plus, who needs a leering face staring at them while they’re trying to relax? Not you!
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