At Natural Area Rugs we love rugs and are always looking for new and inventive ways to spruce up a room. Whether it’s adding accent rugs to make a small room look larger or allowing our shoppers to customize their rugs so their rug will truly be one of a kind.
We specialize in natural fiber rugs and sell everything from seagrass rugs to wool rugs, shag rugs, to sisal rugs. We even sell rug pads and carpet stair treads. But we don’t stop there. If you ever have any questions our customer service representatives are always just a phone call or email away to help you decide the best look for your living room or if your new bamboo rug looks better in your kitchen or dining room.
So without further ado we want to tell you about a new trend that’s taking over homes across the country, one that is easy and affordable and looks really nifty and cool. Chances are you’ve heard about “layering rugs” and the name says it all. Layering rugs is basically when you layer rugs on top of each other in different angles. For example; if you have a rug that is rectangular, you may want to put a round rug on the left hand corner of the rectangular rug or another rectangular rug at the top right hand corner. This will add texture to the room as well as color and artistry that the room may not otherwise have had.
When layering rugs there are a few important things you’d like to keep in mind. First; decide what look you want to go for. For one, pick rugs that have the same color and pattern scheme so it’s not too jarring when placed on top of each other. Natural fiber rugs tend to be neutral in color so placing a more vibrant rug on top can breathe life into an otherwise dull room.
Rugs are useful for many reasons; they are stain-resistant, sound absorbent, and often times fire-retardant. But they also tell a thing or two about the rug owner. Pick rugs that speak to you and are a great expression of yourself and your family. If you don’t like stripes, don’t get a striped rug. If you find a cute rug that you love, but it’s not big enough, try placing it over a larger neutral colored rug.
These are just some of the ways you can layer your rugs at home. Remember make sure that the rugs go together before you just pair them. Layered rugs that add vibrant colors and textures add to the room. Layered rugs that are frumpy and don’t go well with each other take away from the room. If you are unsure, get a second opinion.
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.