After much deliberation, budget consideration and research (always) I decided to take the leap and try a seagrass rug in my living room.
We have a big messy dog, a toddler and a cat. The only thing that has had a chance in my house has been wool, and wool rugs can be cost prohibitive.
Here’s my recent rug history in the living room,
Sisal, Capel Rug Outlet
Flor, Corrugated Rib (dark brown)
Flat weave wool, West Elm
Indoor/Outdoor, Diamond rug, Pottery Barn
here it is in action at my old house, Bungalow 404
Here’s a quick rundown on what happened with each of the rugs I tried,
- The sisal was a joke and I bought it before I knew very much about rug materials. It didn’t take long before that rug was ruined.
- The Flor tiles lasted two years and would’ve gone on for longer with a few replacement tiles and a professional cleaning.
- The flat weave wool rug from West Elm with the Moorish pattern is still alive and kicking, although Betsy’s dog Pollack did chew a little bit on the corner. West Elm does not sell this rug any more but Surya makes a rug that is similar that seems to show up everywhere on flash sale sites.
- The Pottery Barn indoor/outdoor rug showed dirt quickly after a few months. PB’s instructions for cleaning the rug were to hose it off. So I did that and let it dry in the sun, soon after it developed a strong wet dog, musty odor. So I thought well I’ll deodorize it with a little soap and vinegar. No dice and hosing it off didn’t really clean the dirty fibers. So I contacted PB, they didn’t offer any consolation so I had to scrap the rug.
I actually purchased the Surya rug pictured above from RueLaLa, but the item became suddenly unavailable. RueLaLa cancelled the order but they were gracious enough to offer an additional credit for future purchases.
What did I end up with?
I settled on an 8×11 seagrass rug from Ballard Designs and it was on sale. I love the neutral color and the addition of texture. It is a little rough to sit on but it has held up beautifully and there have been some minor spills which we cleaned up with warm water and a little soap.
Here it is in my living room,