Rugs don’t have to be just for the floor. We’ve seen some fantastic inspirations recently for using rugs as a cosy covers on sofas, throws on beds and colourful vintage Kilims and Boucherouite rugs as wall hangings. This weekend we experimented with the idea of using Moroccan rugs on the sofa. Beni Ouarain rugs certainly came out on top for achieving that cosy ‘log cabin by the fire’ kind of look. As you can see, it looks very tempting to snuggle into! One drawback of using a Beni Ouarain in this way is, of course, that they are very fluffy rugs, so if you do go for this style idea, don’t be tempted to sit down if you’re wearing anything black! Fab look though. We found a similar inspiration in this month’s Living etc. magazine, using a soft, thick, deep pile rug across the end of a bed, adding texture and a touch of luxury. We love this too. The idea of using textiles as wall hangings is obviously now a new one. People have been doing this for centuries with tapestries. Using a colourful rag rug (Boucherouite) as a backdrop to a bed, for example, gives this idea contemporary twist. These colourful Moroccan rugs really shout on their own though, so be careful to keep the rest of the scheme simple and neutral. Most of them are quite heavy, so a proper job needs to be done with securing them to a wall with batons. Well worth the effort though! (Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy).