Lauren Liess posted a detailed review of Rugs that everyone should read! Check out her “Low-Down” on Natural Rugs below.
“Natural” Rugs: Seagrass, Sisal, Jute, Synthetic & Wool Rugs: The Low-Down
I have (or have had) almost all of these rugs somewhere in my home with the exception of sisal. And there’s definitely a time & place for each of them, depending upon the maintenance, kid, pet & softness factors. Here’s a quick overview of my thoughts & experiences with the rugs.
1— SEAGRASS— In my family room/ office/hangout room, we installed wall-to-wall seagrass just like this (below) and we absolutely LOVE it:
And here’s the lowdown on seagrass:
1) THE WAIVER: The company we bought it from made us sign a waiver saying that seams would be visible and that we understood it would fray and that there would be a smell. The seagrass we purchased also came with its own attached rug pad which would make for a quicker install.
2) THE SMELL: On the day of the install, the smell was SO BAD I was scared. I have a really sensitive nose & whatever glue they used when mixed with the straw-smell of the seagrass honestly smelled like animal urine. BUT a few days later, when all of the glue had dried, we were left with just the “hay smell” of segrass, which I love. …I have learned from my mistake and it’s EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you ask your installer to use a glue with little or no smell. We used a different glue in our bedroom and the hay smell is all we have.
3) THE SEAMS: The seams are not visible. (we had a good installer & he did seal down the seams and all edges) But the rug is also connected so that the natural lines in the rug are in a row… It looks perfect and you can’t even tell even when trying to find the seams.
4) THE FRAYING: So far, so good and we have a dog with long nails who runs all over it. I’m sure it will (and probably already has & I haven’t noticed) pull up in places but it’s pretty simple to just snip loose fibers with a pair of scissors. It’s a natural rug & will get flaws, but they really aren’t very noticeable.
5) THE CARE: A-mazing! It’s recommended to vaccuum once a week (okay, okay, when things slow down I’ll get to that) and you can even sweep these rugs clean! I hate to gross you all out (but want to give you the REAL scoop) — My toddler had an accident on it last week and it all just pooled in one spot without soaking in and I was able to blot it up really easily. Then I sprayed it down with a natural cleaner (probably a no-no but I was grossed out) and wiped it up with towels. There’s no mark, no smell and it looks just like the rest of the rug. Because the grass is from the water, it resists stains & water marks. You also really can’t see dirt at all and when we have gotten mud on it, we just allowed it to dry and then swept up the dirt.
6) THE SOFTNESS FACTOR: Seagrass is actually pretty smooth and hard. It’s actually more like a hard floor than a rug. It’s just as fine for kids to crawl across as hardwood or any other hard surface but isn’t ideal for play areas where they’ll spend a lot of floor-time. BUT it’s GORGEOUS with other rugs layered over it. In our family room in the TV/ play area, we layered an old wool rug over it, which is perfect for playing, lounging & wrestling… (I thought I’d let you see it in all its messy-primary-colored-toy-glory) Many people complain that it hurts their feet and I have to admit that late at night and early in the morning when it was first installed, it hurt my feet, but now it doesn’t bother me at all, even when I’m tired.
7) EXTRA INFO: Since it’s natural, its color changes over time. It starts out with more of a green tinge and eventually tans. If you are layering rugs, the area under the rug might stay green longer because the moisture is being protected under there so keep that in mind of you plan on moving rugs around seasonally. (Similar to sun discoloration on hardwoods) Eventually, after being exposed for long enough, the difference shouldn’t be noticeable. Weels also work on this rug which is perfect for the wheely desk chairs in my office & also for Christian’s scooter. Joni from Cote de Texas has a beautiful & information-packed post about seagrass which (if you haven’t already read) you should definitely check out here.
You want your home to look current and up to date with the season’s styles. A great way to accomplish this is to add an area rug. This is an inexpensive way to add style to your home. Tip: find a discount style and avoid paying full price. An area rug is a simple way to really spruce up your home and stay current with the latest home trends!
Have you considered seasonal decorating? A great way to keep your living space looking finished is to add a seasonal theme. In the spring, a floral rug could do just the trick – or in the holiday season consider a rich red and green look. If you change rugs seasonally, your room will always look new and fresh. It is a great way to really get into the different holiday seasons, and make a home feel vibrant and festive.
If you aren’t into switching your decorating themes with the seasons, consider changing between a modern look and a more traditional look. A discount area rug can also be used to do this! Area rugs provide so much variety and style – you could easily accomplish a new look whether it be contemporary, country, or traditional. Especially if your living space is already adorned with classic or neutral furniture, changing the floor rug will create a brand new look.
Natural area rugs are a fabulous way to accessorize. In addition to being simple and inexpensive, the variety they can provide is a huge bonus! The next time you are looking to change up a living space, remember that discount area rugs are a great option.
If you are looking to furnish your new home or office or plan to quickly redecorate your space, you should consider shopping for area rugs. Area rugs are easily the most versatile element in interiors and home decoration. A simple piece of rug, or an elegant carpet, it will add instant charm, changing the personality of the room and the elements in it. It can be as inexpensive or as expensive you want. These days, area rugs come in so many different designs, colors, themes, shapes and combinations. If you are planning to decorate your home with area rugs, read below to find out 7 ways to do it easily.
1. Think of elements that can fit in
If your kitchen is too small, it is only natural that you want something that to open it up. Use a bright carpet in solid color or a light colored carpet with floral motif. If your elegant living room looks bland, get a rich Persian carpet which can become the focus.
2. Select area rugs to fit into a theme
Some people like to follow a theme for their rooms. If your room is already in a theme, it is probably the easiest to get a rug to match the theme. If you have Persian furniture, get a Persian carpet. Or add a country style rug to cane or bamboo furniture.
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Wool and Sisal Area Rugs
The high quality Wool and Sisal Area Rugs are renowned for both their softness and their durability. The combination of wool and sisal gives you the durability and texture of sisal combined with the softness and comfort of wool.
Wool and sisal area rugs are known for their comfort, natural, lasting beauty and appeal, adding style to any room. We recommend using wool/sisal rugs in your living rooms and bedrooms.
When looking for an area rug for your home, you´ll want to consider a few aspects regarding the rug´s quality. First off, settle on a budget for making your purchase – a difference in budget can greatly affect the quality in the area rug you buy. Not to say that a lower costing area rug will not be equally enjoyable as a hand-made, high-priced one, but there are some distinct differences between the two. By applying some of the tips below, you can better recognize the difference in rug quality, which will yield you a far greater value when making a purchase.
Materials Are Everything
When choosing a quality area rug, materials are everything. Make sure that the area rug you purchase is only made from the finest, imported materials. Never settle for synthetics or less-than-quality materials if you are looking to find the best rug. Both machine-made and handmade area rugs can be found with high quality, imported materials; you just need to spend some time looking for them.