The best hallway rugs and runners to help you make a grand entrance

Are you finding that stylish and hard-wearing rugs for high traffic areas are hard to come by? We’ve got both, and then some, in our list of the best hallway rugs and runners

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Whether you're designing a hallway from scratch or are looking to spruce up a tired looking space with stylish decorative additions, rugs and runners are a hallway essential. Practical and appealing, a well chosen rug functions as a design feature whilst providing effective protection to hallway floors – delaying wear-and-tear.

Whether your style is Scandi-inspired; you like the idea of choosing a rug that injects a touch of Eastern splendour or are looking something with a more traditional feel our edit of rugs and runners (from our favourite retailers) is here to help you find something that suits. 

Top tip:  Unless you have a particularly wide hallway — and even if you do — you’ll probably want to opt for a rectangular rug to draw your focus away from the entrance and towards the end of the room, making it appear longer.

1. MADE Holden Large Geometric Hand Tufted Wool Rug

Bright and blocky, but never busy, this luxurious wool rug takes first place

Specifications
Best for: Modern design
Material: 80% wool, 20% cotton
Dimensions:
Care: Professional clean
Reasons to buy
+ Lovely bright colour scheme + Thick tufted wool 
Reasons to avoid
- Pale patches may look dirty quickly 

In line with the design-led ethos at MADE.COM, the Holden Rug is stylish and functional. Soft greys, desaturated blues and punchy pops of yellow make for an unexpectedly charming colour palette. All of this, plus a luxurious construction of thick, soft New Zealand wool, gives this statement rug our top spot. 

2. Royal Heritage Imperial Baktian Runner Rug

An Eastern-look rug that you don’t have to travel halfway around the globe for

Specifications
Best for: Eclectic
Material: 100% wool pile
Dimensions: L275 x W67 cm
Care: Dry clean
Reasons to buy
+ Affordable traditional design + Lots of easy-to-match shades 
Reasons to avoid
- Dry clean only 

This Far East inspired rug has an expensive feel, without the eye-watering price tag. With a subtle combination of warm tones – sage, terracotta and deep red – this Royal Heritage Imperial Baktian Runner Rug, available at John Lewis, would be easily matched to other decorative accents. As if that wasn't enough, reviewers compliment its feel on the feet.

3. HOME Feliz Ombre Runner

Neutrals? Boring? Not so with this multi-toned runner

Specifications
Best for: Best neutral
Material: 100% polypropylene
Dimensions: L230 x W60 cm
Care: Wipe clean
Reasons to buy
+ Compact design for small hallways + Trendy space-dyed effect 
Reasons to avoid
- No non-slip 

Not all hallways are crying out for colour — in fact, if you’re aiming to cultivate a carefully careless Scandinavian aesthetic, a neutral tone-on-tone entranceway is the way to go. Enter this hallway runner which is space-dyed in calming shades of grey to give an ultra-cool ombre effect. 

4. John Lewis Fusion Manisa Kelim Rug

A colourful, covetable rug with a distinctive eastern look

Specifications
Best for: Far-East style
Material: 100% wool
Dimensions: L120 x W60 cm
Care: Professional clean
Reasons to buy
+ Lots of colours; easy to match to accents  + Thicker than some 
Reasons to avoid
- Has been known to curl up at corners 

This Kilim rug from John Lewis builds on thousands of years of artisanal weaving that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. With its array of beautifully saturated tones, it’s a simple way to add a splash of colour to an uninspiring space, with reviewers commenting that it looks particularly stunning on wooden floors.

5. Scroll Brown - Hall & Stair Carpet Runner

Upstairs, downstairs, or just to welcome you in off the step, this runner does it all

Specifications
Best for: Bringing the outdoors in
Material: 100% polypropylene
Dimensions: L1.2 - 30m, W60 - 70cm
Care: Wipe clean
Reasons to buy
+ Neutral tones work well everywhere + Practical, easy-clean polypropylene 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the most luxurious 

Interiors wise, botanical prints are everywhere right now, with the hallway proving no exception. Bring the outdoors in with this neutral-toned runner, emblazoned with a leaf and vine design. Designed to suit any and every staircase, this hall and stair carpet runner is available in an incredible range of lengths and would make a great addition to a home that sees lots of muddy feet. 

6. MADE Mira Flatweave Runner

An artisanal woven rug for offbeat interiors

Specifications
Best for: A laid-back look
Material: 50% wool, 50% cotton
Dimensions: H66 x W200cm
Care: Professional clean
Reasons to buy
+ Doesn’t look like a high street find + Very hard-wearing 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the softest on bare feet 

The textured finish and bright, geometric print of this Mire Flatweave Rug from MADE.COM make it the perfect addition to a hallway with bare floorboards. Available in three shades; a timeless navy blue; a mustard which would work wonderfully in a grey scheme or an on-trend indigo, this runner is set to add an attractive pop of colour into your hallway.

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