Call them what you please ... area rugs, throw rugs, scatter rugs ... there's a vast assortment available from every part of the world. The term "rug" generally applies to a handmade piece, while the term carpet refers to goods made by machine. Buy wall-to-wall carpeting and have it cut to any size, add borders, and have the edges bound. Or select from any number of types and patterns available, either inexpensive copies or valuable collector's items. Let your tastes, needs, and budget direct you.