The India pied-à-terre has an open floor plan for the entry, living and dining areas. It’s big enough that no one rug would fill it. So I like the idea of multiple layered rugs in a space. Plus using multiple rugs – even in smaller spaces – is a great way to use different colors and patterns together.
These layered rugs with different patterns are so much more interesting to me than one runner:
Here’s a similar effect via House Beautiful. If you’ve traveled to India, the Middle East or North Africa, you likely have collected rugs as souvenirs. This is a great way to display multiple rugs from travels:
Here’s a bright example from SF Girl by Bay. This is a good idea if you have a smaller accent rug, but need more rug to cover the floor. Layer them! This is an overdyed pink rug and a Serena & Lily metallic hemp rug:
The simple small layered rugs here make the floor interesting and they kind of mirror the effect of the pillows:
So you get the idea. I do think you need to be careful with using multiple layered rugs because the effect could get messy looking pretty quickly. It’s definitely for a more casual look.