Customer Review: Lauren Liess

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.

Shag is Back

It’s official – shag rugs are back! Shag rugs were huge in the 70’s and came is only ugly colors! Today we have some of the best contrast shag rugs available on the market. They are all eco-friendly and come in beautiful colors. The new shag rugs are made from Polyester twisted yarn with 100% cotton backing.

Shag rugs are rugs that have a deep pile, much deeper than the average rug. This means you have an extra thick rich pile that feels remarkably soft on your feet!  This is why these rugs are sometimes referred to as shag pile rugs. The result of these longer yard strands is addictive, luxurious comfort. These are rugs you can really sink your feet into, due to the nature of hand-tufted rugs, shedding may occur for first use but diminish over time.

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Custom Rugs

Custom rugs are a nice way to improve the appearance of your home. You can choose from wall to wall custom rugs, or simple area rugs for those small areas in your home that need a special touch of softness and color. Custom rugs are a great choice when you need an unusual size or shape, as well.
No Return or Exchange on Custom Rugs

Natural Materials

When you want a truly unique and beautiful custom rug, then you should take advantage of the all natural options that are available. Materials such as sea grass, mountain grass and Sisal are beautiful and easy to care for.
Sea grass and mountain grass both make rigid custom rugs that are good for any area of the home, while Sisal can be combined with wool to make a softer rug in areas where you need a touch of softness.


The weave of your custom rugs will impart style and elegance to any room. Traditional rugs include a weave that allows part of the materials used to stand, while the weaves used in all natural materials is cleaner and more efficient.
There are several different weave choices available for your custom rugs. The Resort weave, for example, is a very intricate, small weave that will give your rooms a clean and efficient look, while the Prestige weave is similar to more traditional rugs.


When you order custom rugs, you have the opportunity to choose colors that fit your home best. You will want to consider the material you are using, and then find the border colors that will work best compared to that material and your home décor.
Many people choose a neutral border color for their custom rugs, since the materials used are durable enough to last through several changes in furniture and decorating themes.

Size and Shape

You can choose the size of your custom rug, even if you need an especially large rug that covers the entire area of one room, or smaller custom rugs that are made for specific areas in your home. All you need is an accurate measurement and an idea of the kind of materials you would like to use in your custom rugs, and you are ready to order.
The shape of your custom rug is also easily customizable. Although many people prefer a square or rectangular rug, circular and oval rugs are also popular, especially in small areas where a touch of style is needed. The border of your custom rugs can still be specified by you, as well as the materials used.

Ordering Custom Rugs

When you order your custom rugs, you should be prepared by knowing exactly what you want. Most companies do not offer returns on custom made rugs, since they cannot be re-sold or remade for anyone else. This is especially true if you have custom rugs made to fit the area of an entire room, or use materials that are unusual or uncommon.
If you have any doubts about the materials you want to choose, then it may be a good idea to first order smaller custom rugs for an entryway or hallway.

Wool Flooring

Exquisite wool carpeting is environmentally friendly and is quite an amazing material provided by nature. Wool rugs are in fashion and they’re remarkable. There are many interesting facts about wool which explain its brilliant qualities.

Wool has a rate of stain-resistance that’s 30% better than synthetic fibers. What makes wool so wonderfully stain-resistant? There is a natural light wax that coats the surface of wool fibers. This veneer helps to prevent dirt and stains from penetrating the wool or from leaving any residue on or near the surface.

Wool quickly recovers from crushing or indenting caused by footsteps or furniture. Why is that? It’s because wool is very resilient; this is a feature about wool that protects sheep from various climates and elements. Wool fiber can be stretched more than 35% and still easily return back to its natural shape. The natural resilience of wool keeps your carpet looking new and fresh for a lot longer than many other types of flooring. So while wool rugs may cost a little bit more than a synthetic rug up front, their remarkable durability makes them actually a more economical choice in the long run.
Why is wool so incredibly water-resistant? The protective barriers mentioned above also prevent water from easily penetrating the wool fibers. Additionally, wool is able to absorb about 1/3 of its weight in moisture and not feel damp.

What are three reasons that a wool rug is a safe choice for your family? First, wool fibers are naturally flame-resistant. Secondly, wool acts as a natural air purifier. Thirdly, unlike many synthetic rugs, wool doesn’t emit harmful chemicals into the air.

Why is dyed wool resistant to fading? The process used to dye the wool fibers produces lasting results.

Use Premium-Lock Rug Pads with your wool carpeting, for added durability.

Natural Carpets at Natural Area Rugs

Natural rugs are very much in vogue, and not just because they’re an attractive accent for any type of décor. Natural rugs are eco-friendly and a safer choice for you and your family.

Natural carpeting is made from 100% renewable resources, which means the materials they’re made with can be replaced at a faster rate than they’re consumed. You’re going green when you buy organic rugs because they cause no harm to the environment. One of the best features of natural flooring is that it doesn’t emit harmful chemicals, as is the case with many types of synthetic carpeting. Hypoallergenic, carcinogen-free natural rugs are especially ideal for baby nurseries.

Bamboo, denser than most hardwoods, is one of nature’s strongest materials. Our bamboo rugs are the most durable among our selection of natural carpets. They’re also naturally flame-resistant. Bamboo evokes a wonderful, tropical ambiance. These treasures are perfect for any of the high-traffic areas in your home or office.

Sisal rugs are very popular in the world of home design. It could be because of the exotic nature of this versatile natural flooring. Sisal rugs are typically created in Kenya and Tanzania where extracts from the sisal agave plant are used to make fine, long fibers. The soft fibers are hand-woven into a variety of textures and patterns. Sisal is naturally anti-static, and it’s easy to clean. Sisal rugs create a look that’s both classic and contemporary.

Of the natural rugs available today, jute rugs are the softest. Jute is one of the oldest known types of flooring. Natural Area Rugs’ jute rugs have a brightness and a silky sheen that illuminate and invigorate any area.

Other types of natural flooring are seagrass, wool, and mountain grass. Whichever gorgeous natural rugs you choose, we recommend you also use Premium-Lock Rug Pads.