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The Best Cities for Design Inspiration

WALNUT CREEK, CA., May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Feeling short on design inspiration? Travel could be the perfect solution to get you out of your slump. Carpet Direct gathered the 25 best cities in America for design inspiration. How? Quantitative data!

In designing a data-driven, quantitative mathematical modeling system, Rugs Direct identified the top US centers for innovative design, based on this set of parameters:
a) The number of significant architectural landmarks;
b) The number of art museums;
key TripAdvisor ratings for these two elements;
d) and the number of university programs offering interior design majors, as indicated by

To be considered for the list, a city had to have at least 100 monuments in total, and at least five art museums and five architectural monuments.

This information was used to produce a ten-point rating system limited to the top 25 rated cities.

Some of the results were surprising.

While naturally, New York City ended up in the top spot – with a score of 8.728/10 – top results also included San Antonio at 6, Cincinnati at 8, Milwaukee to #12 – cities that don’t automatically come to most people’s minds when it comes to having a rich architectural and artistic scene.

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About Rugs Direct

Since 1998, Rugs Direct has been a leading specialty online retailer in the home décor market area rugs for consumers, professional designers, and commercial customers across the United States and Canada. The company partners with premium manufacturers such as Chilewich, Jaipur Living, Loloi, Safavieh and Surya to offer an assortment of products on which prioritizes the quality of construction, materials and design. Rugs Direct offers its users easy ways to shop for the perfect rug, including a ‘see this rug in your room‘ interactive function and a ‘design researcher‘ quiz.

In early 2022, the company acquired Lightopia, an omnichannel lighting distributor for consumers and professionals. Lightopia represents brands focused on contemporary design, quality materials and responsible manufacturing, and helps customers solve their architectural and decorative lighting needs using the latest LED lighting technology. The company has three outlets and a warehouse in the south California and an online store at

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