Recently I've seen a lot of chevron or zigzag painted rugs. It's such a great idea I wanted to try it myself. Instead of a chevron, I went for the kilim look I love so much. It turned out great! Now, I may have to make a runner for my kitchen…
inexpensive tightly woven rug (I chose this one from Ikea)
flat paint in varying colors
paint brush or foam brush
I strongly suggest measuring your rug and finding the center before starting. I also used a straight edge and measuring tape to ensure the design was symmetrical. Cutting guides or stencils out of paper is also useful. Just tape out your designs and paint. Lightly sand your finished rug to tone down the colors and give it a more worn-in look. Easy as that.