Modern round Transitional area rug with a hint of oriental flair under $99; durable polypropylene fibers; unique motifs from the exclusive Kharma collection by Sphinx Rugs, made in Egypt; suitable for high traffic areas like kitchens, hallways, and porches; the best round accent rugs for any room in your home.

Need an exotic area rug to accent a room but are tired of the round oriental rugs with the usual Persian motifs and colors? The round Transitional area rug crafted in Egypt from the Kharma and the Kharma II collections by Sphinx are not your average carpets, but modern twists on ancient themes that offer an air of exotic without being traditional.

The colors used by Sphinx are rich but not exactly oriental classics, offering choices such as aqua, turquoise, emerald green, or even plum, lavender and rose. There are unique color blends in vibrant orange and yellow, mottled shades of earthy tones in karmic-like aura motifs, geometric shapes and circular patterns that whisper thoughts about the cycles of life.

With a touch of exotic, the sumptuous luxury of oriental quality and ancient techniques are blended with modern technology, creating home decorating accents that inspire individuality. With high quality construction, and the look of natural hand-washed yarns, but crafted the advanced fiber technology formulas that offer protection against stains, mold, mildew and the effects of heavy traffic, the Sphinx Kharma collection stands out in two separate worlds – the world of chic contemporary home design and the world of quality oriental carpet craftsmanship.

Transitional area rug

Isn’t a round WOOL rug better than a polypropylene one?

Yes, normally this is true, especially when it comes to traditional hand-knotted Oriental carpets where the beauty of the item rests in the rich natural dyes, the finest wool, the highest fiber count, the thickest pile, and so on, making the rug more an investment in an art than merely a decorative or functional piece. Although wool can be protected to withstand an immense amount of use, and abuse, and in general will mean owning a higher quality carpet, the fact remains that in many contemporary homes, there is humidity, dirt from foot traffic, children who accidentally spill things, and even pets that make owning an heirloom quality wool area rug not as practical as we’d like. Let’s also not forget that most of us have tighter than usual decorating budgets, and the word “affordable” is an extremely attractive one when it comes to flooring accents.

How affordable are the Egyptian Sphinx collections?

They’re very reasonably priced. In fact the round Transitional area rug we recommend, which vary in size depending on the style, start at under $99, and for the large 6 foot round designs (which are large enough for a main living room or under a dining table), are priced under $350. The 8 foot ones, which are a massive size, cost under $550. If you’re browsing the possible choices in the 8 foot and 6’ round rug collections in wool (or synthetic fibers), you’ll very quickly see that the ones we suggest are excellent value.

Sizes of The Modern Round Transitional area rug By Sphinx

The small round Transitional area rug that you may think might work in front of the kitchen sink or at the entrance to a doorway are not the best shape for such places and therefore not the ones that Sphinx specializes in making. Mat-type area rugs that are sometimes called “scatter rugs”, and can be used to stand on while washing dishes or to wipe your feet at the door or porch, are actually best when rectangular in shape, or even a half moon design. These are usually low pile rubber-backed carpets and are seldom chosen as the focal point of a room.

Having a teeny round mat isn’t really practical, so we suggest that if you’re wanting a matching look throughout a room or perhaps in a kitchen and dinning room space that’s open, try placing a 2 foot by 4 foot rug beside the sink and (in the Kharma collection) these cost just $97. They’re large enough to have space to stand on and move while the rug won’t go slipping around like many of the teeny ones do. They’re small enough to pick up and shake while cleaning yet large enough to run a vacuum over.

Consider using a long runner-style rug or carpet in the kitchen and matching it with a round one in the dinning area. In fact, it’s much more interesting to have a blend of long narrow, square, rectangular and round, than all the same shape, even if you do choose an identical pattern.

All the items you see featured here in this post, be they shown as square or round images, are available in round, square and rectangular shapes and also in runners like the 2 foot by 7 foot one that costs only $199, or the longer 9 foot long runner for under $250.

Now, with the same motif, choose the large central carpet for under the dinning table, the best for this location is almost always a round rug. These can be had in the 6 foot sizes for $347, in the 8′ round rug designs that are identical for $548, and in the 10 foot carpets for about $897.

Remember that a 10 foot carpet is 10 feet in diameter and therefore appears to takes up more space than one that’s square or rectangular and blends with the edges of a wall or the corners of square furniture. Keep in mind that a round area rug under a square or rectangular table is a delightful decorating idea to soften the harsh edges of furnishings. Just make sure that you buy a large enough piece so that the legs of the table can rest on the rug or at least appear centered should the table be longer or wider.

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