Last week I got a question about the rugs in my house and I realized two things.
1. I’ve had these rugs for over five years.
2. And like that awkward relative at the family reunion that you love, but you’re never sure why they have a lego collection….
….I never talk about them.
Today is rug public service announcement day.
And here’s the rug 411.
Let’s start with my favorite rug of all time.
The seagrass rug.
I’ve always been drawn to natural fiber rugs and the different types of these rugs can be overwhelming. I’ve tried them all and for different reasons, most of them didn’t work in my home. For example, sisal rugs are pretty, but they stain very quickly and really show wear and tear. Jute rugs get snags and can unravel over time. But the seagrass rug?
Here’s a close up of the rug in the foyer.
After five years it looks almost new.
And this is the rug in the front entry and it’s seen dogs and cats and kids and snow and rain and wet boots and mud and dirt….
….and it still looks like this.
Here’s another five year old seagrass rug in my front living room.
The thing I like best about seagrass rugs is that the dirt just disappears through the rug.
It’s like magic.
The kids have spilled orange soda and crushed cheetos and oreos and I just blotted the stain with a little water and it looks brand new.
And another five year old seagrass rug in the bedroom.
This was the rug that started it all.
I needed a 12 foot by 15 foot rug for this room and I needed it to be cheap. I found this rug at Home Decorator’s Collection for under $300 which is the perfect budget when you are trying to convince your husband you need a rug and a clawfoot bathtub.
The only drawback to the seagrass rug is that they aren’t the best to walk on with bare feet.
But I just think of all that disappearing dirt and get a pair of slippers.
This orange rug adds a pop of color, but I can change it out if I get tired of the bold color and still keep the seagrass rug in the room.
You can also get the seagrass rugs with different color borders….I am just drawn to the neutral edging.
Enter my favorite rug number two.
This is actually an indoor/outdoor neutral rug I found at Home Decorator’s Collection, too. I don’t think they sell this particular version any more because I bought it five years ago, too. But I’ve seen similar rugs at Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn and the scratch-and-dent store around the corner from my house.
Here’s a close-up of the rug.
I have two of these 5 x 8 rugs in my kitchen. I bought them about five years ago after we refinished the floors because I wanted to break up all the wood in the room.
Best purchase ever.
I think they were about $50 each and because they are indoor/outdoor….they make stains disappear, too.
Here’s a similar indoor/outdoor neutral rug.
I also bought the same rug in an indoor/outdoor runner and cut them to fit on the stairs.
This picture was taken yesterday, five years after I bought them.
The positives are they are easy to walk on and they have held up remarkably well.
The only negative is that I wish they had a little more texture like the seagrass rug.
That’s my big natural fiber rug opinion.
What about you?
Inquiring rugs want to know. 🙂
Here are some of my other favorite indoor/outdoor rugs:
- this faded neutral rug
- this tufted neutral rug
- this classic silver rug design
- this neutral cream rug
- this fringe cotton rug
- this neutral antelope rug
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