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In the living room of Vivia Horn's Japanese-style retreat in Hunter, New York, the leather-and-plastic Italian sofas, cocktail table, and wool shag rug were purchased in the 1980s at Bloomingdale's. The Japanese-style fire pit and tin range hood are custom, the floor lamp is from the '70s and the sisal carpet is by Stark.

Perhaps the biggest concern with laying an area rug over broadloom is that the area rug will have a tendency to move around on the carpet. The extent to which it will move will depend on the style of carpet that is underneath the rug, and the type of backing of the area rug. However, regardless of these factors, any area rug will shift unless it is properly anchored in place.

Runners can add color and depth to hallways and breezeways and circular rugs are great for living rooms and under dining tables. We have all sorts of rug accessories, like under pads and carpet grippers, and you can even find fireproof rugs to make your hearth a cozy place while protecting your flooring from flying sparks.

The key to layering carpet over carpet is to vary the texture. Area rugs generally work best over short-pile or looped carpet. In those cases, laying a thick, luxurious shag rug adds a wonderful sense of softness and elegance to the space.

You can't go wrong with rugs. They provide a comfortable place to walk on, keep floors warm and are an easy way to update a room. Be inspired by these interesting rugs, ranging from traditional to eclectic.

Yesterday, we showed you living rooms without rugs; today we're looking at living rooms with rugs on carpets in answer to reader MODERnestS's lament that carpet prevented them from having a rug in their living room. While this may seem like a decorating taboo, it's one that must be broken when