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Mohawk Printed Slice Scatter Rug, Perfect Coffee

Mohawk Home New Wave Secret Garden Patch Multi Rug, 7'6x10'
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Mohawk select printed nylon scatter slice kitchen rug with coffee motif.

Home Dynamix Area Rugs: Premium Rug: Country Blue Rectangle

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Highly durable, soil and stain resistant, this rug is the perfect choice for active households.

– Magnificent & Highly Durable Olefin Pile Carpet
– Beautiful Colors and Design Add to your Decor
– Expertly Woven on Jacquard Looms
– Can be used as a Wall Mural with proper hanging
– Resistant to Soiling, Stains, and Fading

The Benefits of Wool Rugs

pinzon-hand-tufted-kimono-wool-rugWhen you’re choosing a new rug there are all sorts of things to consider. Price, quality, and style are of course the biggest concerns.

But what if you could get all three and also be a bit more environmentally friendly.

Have you considered wool?

Read on for the benefits of wool rugs.

  • Price: Wool rugs are more expensive than conventional ones. But that price is offset by their durability. Wool wears better and lasts much longer than synthetic fabrics.  It will stand up to heavy floor traffic almost on a level with commercial hotel grade carpets but without that industrial look.
  • Quality: Wool is a much better choice than synthetic. By the fabric’s very nature it feels better than any synthetic could.  You pay a bit more but get tons more from it.
  • Style: Wool patterns can be found in any print or color just like a normal commercial carpet. Choosing wool doesn’t pigeonhole you.

So wool and regular carpet look like they’re about the same choice based on the normal consumer concerns. Wool excels since it’s more eco-friendly than commercial grade carpet.

Wool is a natural sustainable resource. It won’t need all the energy to process like a commercial regular carpet would.

Also, wool is a natural fire retardant. So, you don’t have a bunch of nasty chemicals added to it to keep it from going up in flames. Once again less chemical processing is better for the environment not to mention your health.

The benefits of wool rugs far outweigh their synthetic counterparts.  The price is comparable when you figure in how durable wool is. The quality of wool is top notch.  When you consider how much better wool is for the environment than commercial grade carpet then there really is no reason not to choose wool the next time you’re looking to change the look of a room.


Why You Should Choose Eco-Friendly Rugs

There are all sorts of toxins in your home. Chances are you try and eliminate them and live healthy. Believe it or not your carpet can be a huge source of toxins. Why should you choose eco-friendly rugs? Your health and less environmental impact.

What is an eco-friendly rug though? Simply put it’s a rug made using natural material and limited processing chemicals. Normal rugs are harsh on not just you but the environment. It takes a lot of petroleum to produce synthetic materials. This leads to higher carbon emissions, which could contribute to global warming.

An eco-friendly rug is made using low impact sustainable fibers such as bamboo and wool.

If you shop around you can find eco-friendly rugs that costs only a little bit more than the synthetic ones.

While protecting the environment is a noble concern. Protecting your health is more practical. The harsh chemicals used in processing normal commercial rugs can give off volatile organic compounds. These VOC’s have been linked to a slew of health problems such as asthma, sick building syndrome and cancer. So if you can eliminate them from your house why wouldn’t you?

Another health issue is sensitive skin. Eco-friendly rugs by their nature use less processing chemicals.  This can reduce the chance for rashes and hives for someone with sensitive skin. You can find hypoallergenic eco-friendly rugs to reduce any risk of an adverse reaction.

These are just a couple reasons why you should choose eco-friendly rugs. Your health is the most important thing you have. At the same time you can reduce your carbon footprint and help save the environment. If you shop around you can find rugs that are comparable in price to commercial ones. They’re available in the same great styles and colors. So why not shop around and find the right one for you.

Dorm life is dirty life. Let’s face it college kids aren’t known for their cleanliness. Heck how cluttered was your kid’s room before he headed off to school?

Well if you want to at least keep one area of the room reasonably clean then you need to figure out how to choose an appropriate dorm room rug.

Durability is a big concern. Heck you might be better off getting outdoor carpet that could be hosed off. Granted it’s not that attractive a look for a dorm. So ruling that option out look for a carpet that has a stain guard on it, a LOT of stain guard.

Color is the next choice. Look for something that’s going to hide stains. Normally the darker the better is a good rule of thumb. Black though can show dust and dirt.  Dark blues and greens work well for camouflaging all the dirt in a college dorm.

The next thing you’ll want is a patterned carpet. The more dense the pattern the less it will show dirt. Even though the rug hasn’t been vacuumed in six months doesn’t mean it has to look like it. A tight interwoven pattern can hide crumbs, chips and of course pencil shavings from all that studying.

If you’re just picking out a throw rug then you might as well get one that’s washable. That way when your kid comes home to do laundry you can wash the rug out at the same time.

So there you go, a few tips on how to choose a dorm room rug. Look for a dark carpet with a tight interwoven pattern. Make sure it’s stain repellent as well. On the bright side the carpet only needs to last four years. Almost anything you find at the store should hold up to abuse for that short of time.

The Glorious Colors of Rooster Area Rugs

rooster-rugIt boggles the mind. Having grown up with a mother whose classic sense of Mediterranean and contemporary style often had my friends declaring that my house was ‘the most beautiful house I’ve ever seen’ has made me a decorating snob.

The whole ‘whimsical country’ decorating craze that sweeps from coast to coast every few years tends to make me cringe. Cows wearing sunhats, little pigs pushing wheelbarrows and chicks and ducks as salt and pepper shakers on my table or sideboard just leave me completely cold.

So the headline of ’25 unique rooster rugs’ drew me with the kind of fascination that made P.T. Barnum a rich man. Rooster area  rugs – 25 different, unique styles of rooster rugs – with the awe that is usually reserved for staring at train wrecks, I clicked on the link and…

What a surprise! There were indeed 25 different styles of rooster rugs, and to the astonishment of my turned-up nose, most were NOT the kitschy style that is usually associated with poker-playing dogs and velvet Elvis wall hangings.

ROOSTER GARDEN RUGInstead, I found a selection of beautifully crafted and designed area rugs to suit many different decors – and not a single one that screamed ‘tacky’ or ‘camp’. These were rooster rugs that would be perfectly at home in my mother’s unique contemporary/traditional blend style of decorating.

A particular favorite – one that I’d even buy if I were in the market to redecorate at the moment – is Claire Murray’s French Country collection of rooster rugs.

Available in several different colors, the border of roosters on the rug resembles a stamped design that surrounds a field of stylized flowers on a cream-colored background. It’s a country rooster rug – but with that indefinable sense of French flair.

Then another  rug caught my eye,  the  Accents Decorative Rooster Design Wool Rug By Valerie its border of warm sunflowers and a central motif of stylized roosters, the rug has the timeless appeal of colonial styling blended with a hint of contemporary that makes it a perfect fit in a modern country kitchen.

Decorative Rooster Design Wool Accent RugAnd then I was stopped dead in my tracks by a stunning Oriental style rooster rug that made me redefine my entire line of thought. Oriental rooster rugs, it turns out, have a long history.

The rooster is one of the Chinese astrological symbols – 2005 was the last Year of the Rooster. The rooster is seen as an all-seeing, vigilant guard who aggressively defends his home and his family – but is also kind and trustworthy.

Roosters, it seems, have been perched on roof vanes and mounted on front doors for centuries to help guard the house and drive away bad luck.

Rooster RugSo it’s no wonder that – unlike cutesy cows in sun hats and pigs toting market baskets – roosters are a decorating motif that fits into the most sophisticated of decorating schemes. Believe it or not, you really CAN find rooster rugs that will accent your modern contemporary dining room – and why not? Would you turn your nose up at one of the animals that the Chinese consider ‘the most noble of birds’?

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