Other than a bathroom mat or something to catch drips at the kitchen sink, I haven’t really shopped for rugs until recently. I’ve never had large expanses of hard flooring until we moved to our current home. My decorating budget was always non-existent or super-tight, so the rugs I had were freebies from family, carpet remnants left in our basement from the previous owner or great bargains (like the $8 yard sale rug in our guest room, the $75 bamboo mat in the dining room and the 70% off clearance rug from Target.) When Flea Market Style contacted me about photographing my office, they wanted to add some punch to the space in a few ways, including a rug. Stacey, one of their creative editors, sent me some links to various rug companies and asked me to pick out something I liked.
I immediately fell in love with Dash & Albert Rug Company and chose the Gypsy Rose Cotton Hooked rug. It was sent to me to use for the photo shoot and I was supposed to send it back afterwards. Well, after having something so lovely in my home, I had to buy it from them. I got a nice discount, but it was still a big splurge for me when compared to my other rug purchases.
It reminds me of a grandma’s crocheted throw.
So, when I needed to find a rug for my family room (now engineered hardwood), I went to Dash & Albert’s website without hesitation.
Here’s what I was looking for in a rug…
1.) It has to be real. I’ve grown to really dislike things that are fake. Give me wool, cotton, hemp, jute and linen. Give me solid wood, feather inserts, preserved boxwood and dried lavender. Oh, and while you’re at it, give me real butter. So, when I’m looking for rugs, I immediately restrict the search parameters to natural materials. In the case of my family room, I restricted the search to wool.
3.) It has to be the right size for the space. This might be a no-brainer to some, but I really have tried to pop a dinky 3′ x 5′ rug in the middle of a room, cross my fingers, step back and hope it has somehow magically filled the space. Of course, it doesn’t. A good rule of thumb is that the front legs of the furniture in the room or arrangement should be on the rug. The rug doesn’t need to go fully under all of the furniture, although I suppose it would be okay if it did. I would prefer a rug be on the large size than too small.
4.) Details matter. I’m picky about the details of the rug, like the backing and the binding. I think the wrong binding around the edges can make a cute rug look cheap. I prefer a rug when the pile and/or loops goes all the way to the edge.
5.) It has to work. If we’re talking about a small bathroom rug, you can pick one out on a whim. For an 8′ x 10′ rug, you have to make sure you’re in love, it’s quality and it’s something you’re not going to get tired of. I went with a rug that is full of blues and soft neutrals, so I could use it almost anywhere in my house.
The winner for me was the Brindle Stripe Sea Tufted Wool Rug.
(I even love the ribbon they use to tie their rugs in a roll.)
I’ll show the full reveal of how it looks in the room in another post. I can say that I love it, though. Some other rugs I considered were the Vine Denim Tufted Rug and the Scroll Platinum Hooked Wool Rug.
Look out for a Dash & Albert giveaway soon!
I also wanted to show one of the preserved boxwood balls I purchased last week. I plopped it into an ironstone bowl and put it in the family room and it makes me happy when I see it.
Disclosure: This is a post sponsored by Dash & Albert Rug Company. I was given the rug in exchange for advertising and featured posts on my blog. All opinions and advice given in this post are honest and my own.