Zigzag or Zig Zag rugs offer range of choices
- The San Francisco Chronicle, 11/08/2009

Now listen closely, commitment-phobes:

Choosing between a small rug or a wall-to-wall carpet, a striking or subtle pattern can be tough. Best-case scenario: It brings a room's disparate parts together. Worst case: It draws the eye downward for the all wrong reasons. And it's not as if you can sweep the rug under the ... rug.

But if your room lacks direction, designing from the ground up can be a great help. A bold carpet instantly anchors the room and gives you a strong color scheme to work with, forcing indecisive dwellers to get under way.

Renowned rug designer Madeline Weinrib created the cotton Zig Zag Rug in 2001. The strong black-and-white chevron pattern is handwoven in India and starts at $325 for a 3 1/2-by-5 1/2-foot rug and $2,200 for the 10-by-14-foot rug, the largest size available. In 2007, the company began selling a wool version, which is handwoven in Nepal and starts at $4,000 for a 6-by-9-foot rug and $12,000 for 10-by-14-foot rug. Both the wool and cotton Zig Zag rugs can be purchased through the Madeline Weinrib Atelier Web site, MadelineWeinrib.com, or by visiting ABC Carpet & Home. Other colors are available.

Last spring, West Elm began selling a more affordable Zigzag Rug, which ranges from $39 for a 2-by-3-foot rug to a $649, 9-by-12-foot design. The run has a similar attention-grabbing graphic pattern but is made of an 80 percent wool and 20 percent cotton mix. The Zigzag comes in alternating iron and ivory, with a fez-red border or an espresso and ivory pattern with a flax-toned border.

Have you made your decision yet?

$12,000 Madeline Weinrib Zig Zag 10-by-14-foot wool rug

$649 West Elm Zigzag 9-by-12-foot wool-and-cotton blend rug