Area rugs are a good stand-in for carpeting if you have a room with hardwood or linoleum floors. Although they won’t have the insulative power of a properly installed carpet, they can make a difference. Area rugs can also help define an area, and cushion the legs of a couch or other furniture, keeping them from digging into linoleum or tile. Finally, and possibly most importantly, area rugs are frequently beautiful, adding that certain something to a room and making its appearance better. There is just nothing like a thick, Turkish rug for luxury.