Hands down rugs are by far the item I get asked about the most. Almost every single day I have an email or an Instagram DM asking where a rug is from, if I have a good cheaper alternative and if I would recommend said rug. I have had just about every type of rug in our living room since we moved in so it is obviously time to do a more thorough post. Here I will be breaking down all of the rugs I have used in the past and suggesting some alternatives at different price points.
I have since parted with this beauty of a rug, but it was weirdly a big turning point in the direction of Harlowe James. Once I posted photos of my living room with the vintage Turkish rug, I started getting a lot more momentum. I purchased it at the Alameda flea market and because it was a smaller size, I layered it over a simple jute.
Vintage rugs are obviously the all the rage right now – specifically Turkish and Moroccan. Kilim rugs are my favorite vintage option and many can be found on Etsy for great price points. That is where I purchased my vintage striped Kilim (seen in top photo) If you are not ready to make the investment on a pricy oversized vintage rug, layering is a great alternative. You can buy a smaller rug and still get the beautiful effect and texture of vintage. Prices vary a lot on vintage rugs especially because the demand for them is so high now. You can reference this post about some of my favorite Etsy shops to buy rugs from.
Natural fiber rugs are my go to for many reasons. They serve as such a beautiful neutral base for any room and add a cool relaxed layer that isn’t a lot for decor and furniture to compete with. We use this one in our bedroom and previously had this in our living room (pictured above). I have heard some complaints about shedding, but I have never had a major issue with this. I use my Dyson vacuum and find it picks up a lot of dirt and any loose fibers. Natural fiber rugs require some maintenance because you can’t clean them as easily as other carpets. Never steam clean a natural fiber rug. In order to clean jute I spot treat in small sections on an as needed basis with soap and warm water, then I carefully trim any loose fibers with sharp scissors making sure not to split the weave. I gravitate towards jute over something a little more rough under the feet like sisal or seagrass. If you are on the hunt for a softer natural fiber I recommend getting a blend such as jute and wool or jute and chenille. The rugwe have in our bedroom is a great price and very soft under foot.
SHOP NATURAL FIBER
We currently have this rug from Lulu & Georgia in our living room and I couldn’t be happier with it. I love how cozy it makes the space look, but is also thin and light enough to work just as nicely in summer months. I know some of you were looking for a cheaper alternative to this and although I have not found anything exactly the same, this has similar coloring and texture. Wool rugs are naturally more expensive because of the way they are constructed and tend to hold up a lot better than a natural fiber or a composite. I know this rug is a bit on the pricer side so cotton, polypropylene or rayon can be a nice alternative to wool. If done right they can often have the same appearance at a fraction of the cost, but tend not to have the same beautiful detailing and texture. Do note the pile can often be higher than a wool rug and can sometimes look like the pattern is printed on opposed to woven in.
SHOP WOOL & BLEND
Photos by Torrey Fox