UncategorizedLiving with a Jute Rug February 12, 2014 If you haven’t yet, make sure you enter the Mohawk Flooring giveaway! I can’t tell y’all how much we’re loving the new rug. I really like the look a lot. But there are several specific reasons that I’m liking this better than our last arrangement. I’ve had this jute rug for a long time. In our last house, I used it in the living room and really liked the plain look. But as I’ve continued to discover my eclectic style, I realized that it had become a little too plain for me in here. I still think they’re beautiful rugs and I love the texture, but I was craving some print. In came the painted kilim rug. This is still one of my favorite projects. It was such a transformation! And I really loved the color and pattern that it added. It really made this living room feel complete to me. So where was the problem? Why did I want the new rug? Well, there were a few reasons. If you’re a lover of jute rugs, then please don’t take offense. I loved them myself for years, but there were a few things about it that finally said it had to go. 1.) Dirt and Dust Have you ever lifted up the corner of your jute rug and seen the disaster underneath? I know some may be better than others, but ours left heaps of sand and dirt underneath. When we moved the two old rugs to bring in the new one, we swept everything into a pile in the middle of the room and it was a little mountain of dust! Really gross. 2.) Fibers The jute rug fibers got on everything. When Gracie would lie down on the rug, you would see fibers all over her. The shedding rug just bothered me. It is amazing how much cleaner everything feels with the new rug. We thought the dirt and dust that was coming out of the rug was staying underneath, but we realize now it traveled all over the living room. We would vacuum and the next day, the living room floor looked dusty. It is such a difference with the new, non-shedding rug. But what about the painted one? This project was a total experiment. I had no clue how it would turn out or hold up. Here’s a little clue: I actually really love worn rugs, but I couldn’t believe how quickly the paint wore away on this one. You can definitely still see the pattern, but it’s much fainter. A painted rug would hold up great if you put it under a dining room table or in a low-traffic area. I put this one in a prime walk-way and within just a few months, the paint began to fade. Like I said, I do like worn rugs, but if this happened within two months, I was worried that in another two, the paint would be worn down altogether! So, the jute rug was driving us crazy. This painted rug didn’t hold up as I’d hoped, though I still think I’ll use it elsewhere. In came the new Mohawk beauty! I really love the effect of having color and pattern throughout the room, not just on the painted rug. I think it makes more of a statement.