While I'm on the topic of "rugs", have you seen this rug from IKEA?
It's the Alvine Ruta Rug for $149. 5'7" x 7'10". I think that 2 next to each other would be nice.
The rug that we have in the living room right now, a flokati, is 10' round. It's perfect for the space, but I have always dreamed of switching out all of my decor in the living room for spring and summer, and I think this rug would be perfect for that. I'm going to IKEA in 3 weeks, when we go to Minnesota, so I will have to look at it.