5 Most Iconic Movie Rugs


Movies often include things that become synonymous with them. The bicycle from E.T., Dorothy’s ruby slippers or Mary Poppins’ umbrella, just to name a few. You see something that ought to be an everyday item and immediately flash back to the movie. The décor and interiors of movies also leave a lasting impression. They set the tone for the tale and might even be part of the plot; the curtains played quite the role in Gone with the Wind.

Design elements from movie sets have also influenced real-life design. Audrey Hepburn’s look wasn’t the only thing fans adored. They also found inspiration in her character’s apartment in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Mrs. Robinson’s legs weren’t the only thing audiences noticed. Her classic chic Beverly Hills pad was equally tempting. With all the influences that can be found in a movie scene, movie rugs are often ignored. Yet, they’ve been rather important to several films. Here’s a look at five iconic movie rugs.

5. The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski Rug

The Dude loved his rug. After an intruder breaks in and relieves himself on it, the Dude is truly crushed. Even more so when they aren’t even looking for him, just someone who shares his name. Now, the Dude’s apartment surely didn’t have much style to it, possibly a bit of slacker California vibe, but the rug was his statement piece and what he believed “really ties the room together.”

The Dude, who doesn’t have much, confronts Mr. Lebowski and demands his rug be replaced. His wealthy counterpart, being such a stand-up guy, rebuffs the demand. On his way out of the house, the Dude lies to Mr. Lebowski’s assistant and says that he can take any rug of his choice. He leaves with what appears to be a Kashbah.

He attempts to bond with the new rug with his chosen style of meditation. Unfortunately, the Dude gets pulled further into the other Lebowski’s mess and is later assaulted again in his apartment with culprits taking off with his new rug. The Dude’s affection for his rugs lives on in screen infamy. If you loved the movie or the rug, this hand-tufted wool is similar.

4. The Money Pit

The Money Pit

This 80s comedy stars Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as they attempt to renovate what at first seems like their dream home. Things go wrong from the start, and several problems are discovered culminating in the complete collapse of the grand staircase. The couple decides to stick it out and enlist the help of a gang of contractors and construction workers. Things only get worse from there. After a series of disasters, Walter, Tom Hanks’ character, is dismayed by the state of the home after the crew’s demolition phase. However, he has no idea what awaits him.

Rugs have often been used to cover up something, a stain or a nick in the floor, but the rug from The Money Pit takes the prize. As Walter walks across the rug, he sinks down into a hole that it’s laid upon. Unable to free himself, he stays stuck for some time, leaving Hanks to play it for comedy gold. When Long’s character finally finds him, she can’t help but laugh. Before she can free him, he frees himself and falling to the floor below. Try a modern update of the rug, a traditional design in mostly browns.

3. Aladdin

Aladdin flying carpet

Aladdin’s rug was a lot more than decoration and is probably the most famous rug in the history of movies. It was a character of its own, and it seemed to be Aladdin’s friend when he needed it most, saving his life on more than one occasion.

The magic carpet was a character, another sidekick for Aladdin. His rug even helped him woo his princess Jasmine in one of the movie’s most beloved scenes. While there’s no real magic rug, at least not yet, Aladdin reminds us of what imagination can do to an ordinary object. Your kids might even try to conjure up a ride from one of the rugs in your house. The key feature of the magic rug was its royal purple color. Here are some great choices in purple (magic not included).

2. Cleopatra

Cleopatra Rug

One of the most lavish movie sets of all time, Cleopatra was a world of its own. Creating the world of ancient Roman Empire was no easy feat. And while there were many iconic backdrops in the film, a well-placed rug was part of one of Elizabeth Taylor’s most dramatic entrances.

The red rug is dramatically unfurled at the feet of Caesar revealing Cleopatra’s elaborate entrance into the palace. This rug, which appears to be either Persian or Turkish, doesn’t match with historical accounts of the incident. The historian Plutarch tells a dramatic tale of Cleopatra being smuggled into the palace in a bed sack.

If you are looking for something to give your room a bit of glamour, check out this garnet red beauty from Turkey.

1. The Shining

The Shining

Has carpet ever been so sinister? Or such a great representation of bright 70s style? Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel is full of visuals that are forever seared into the memories of anyone who has seen the movie. The carpet becomes the race track for Danny as he rides up and down the empty hallways on his big wheel.

The distinct orange and burgundy hexagon patterns rush down the vestibules leading to terrifying rooms and what lies inside them, ghosts who have unfinished business. The rug is both beautiful and frightening, and Kubrick most definitely chose it because he left nothing to chance in his movies.

What makes this rug even more legendary, as that it has been seen in other movies, paying homage to the original design. Toy Story 3, Minions and Birdman all have rugs that were inspired by The Shining’s carpet. If you’re looking for a rug to express your inner love for geometric patterns and the movie, look at this contemporary stunner.

5 Iconic Movie Rugs

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