A happy home, feeling enveloped in cosy comfort, has a lot to do with the sense of touch. Like an antidote to the hardness of the pavements you pound all day long, thick pile rugs, or shaggy rugs, are becoming increasingly popular. Plunging your feet into a thick wool rug is really comforting. The playful side of these rugs that come to life when you step onto them is also important, as is the quality of the light effects caused by the length of the pile. Often a plain colour, the highlight of these rugs is their texture. Designers Guild and Nanimarquina excel in designing shaggy rugs.