I am a huge fan of the layered rug look. It creates texture, defines the area, and can also help you save money. That's right...save $$$. Getting a larger more durable rug made of sisal, jute, or wool can provide you with the coverage you desire and a more acceptable price point than a large higher end 9' x 12' rug. By laying a smaller, more luxurious rug on top you define the area even further and create a sophisticated look that can be much easier on your wallet.