1/10/13

hypoallergenic rugs

Good Morning!  Just in case you were all wondering - I survived my last first day of school!  I am going to try and enjoy being a student for one more semester and if you all would just remind me of that when I am kicking myself for taking a writing course with a HUGE page requirement that would be great.

On to more exciting things though...rugs!  Over the break, I was talking with my sister in law about decorating her living room and she mentioned that she doesn't usually put rugs in her home because her husband has allergies.  This got me thinking that there must be a solution to this problem...rugs help define spaces in rooms, make homes a little warmer, and are less of a shock to the system than hard wood floors when you roll out of bed in the am...basically, every home needs some rugs!

Luckily for me, I quickly found this great article detailing the benefits of sisal rugs for allergy sufferers.  While some people shy away from sisal, I think it is the perfect "base" to use to decorate a room.  Sisal provides texture in a neutral way and it can last through decor change after decor change.  Sisal can be "dressed up" or "more casual" depending on the other decor in the room AND, sisal has cousins- jute, seagrass, and mountain grass- so many options!

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Just in case sisal is NOT on your list for decorating, I also found a few other synthetic fiber rugs that would be great for allergy sufferers...

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And, finally, Rugs USA is having a 65% off sale with code NY2013 but it ends TODAY.  I spotted this beauty, but you should  pop on over and see what you find!

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xo,

5 comments:

  1. Ooh! Thank you thank you! And perfect colors too!

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  2. but are the sisal and related rugs soft for a bedroom? or do they feel like straw?

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  3. Sisal rugs are made from natural fibers derived from the 'agave sisalana' cactus plant that is grown in the semi-arid regions of Brazil and Africa. The plants are known for their toughness and durability, to the extent that the commercial production of Tanzanian sisals have survived every drought in over a century.
    The fibers are harvested by hand from the leaves of the plant and can grow up to three feet long. Each leaf contains about 1,000 fibers which are processed (crushed, beaten, washed, dried, brushed and baled) to make rugs and the remainder of the plant is used to produce electricity to sustain the local economies of the grower countries. Not only are sisal rugs extremely durable, they also pose several environmental benefits; they are harvested in a sustainable manner and are renewable as well as biodegradable. jute-area-rugs Sisal rugs are generally very refined looking and are available in a variety of colors. Although they are not as soft as silk, they are very comfortable to walk on as the fibers don't stab you and leave bits of sisal in your skin.
    Sisal is different from coir, hemp grass and jute; it is much stronger and hence durable than most natural fibers. Its strength makes it perfect for making plaster reinforcements, dartboards, ropes and twine for marine and bailing purposes. Sisal's textured look makes it a favorite among interior designers across the world. These qualities of sisal also make it a preferred material for rugs and carpets.
    Because of their tough construct and inherent durability, sisal rugs are ideal for in home use and are recommended for high-traffic areas and commercial use. Most sisal rugs have a layer of latex applied to their backsides which helps keep the integrity of the rug's weave and makes them extra durable, thus prolonging their life. There are also several protective products for coating sisal rugs to resist liquid spills, repel water and retard soiling. shop rugs
    Machine woven, natural fibers such as sisal, sisal wool, wall-to-wall carpets, mountain grass, jute area rugs and sea grass rugs have non-toxic and anti-static properties which make them an excellent choice for light-commercial and residential use. The natural fibers create healthy indoor humidity levels, prevent the buildup of static and do not have any off-gassing fumes that can cause irritation to the eyes or throat.
    It must be kept in mind that sisal rugs must not be placed in areas where there are chances of exposure to direct moisture. This is because moisture can cause the rug to become water stained and wavy over time.

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  4. If you want to add something special to share your room and look a little more fresh, then sisal rugs can easily do just the trick. Often, people feel they need to make things a little in their home countries, by being something new, and these rugs simply great to shake that. You can really feel the 21st Century in which room you want to put them into. It's really not even matter in what state the room, these rugs contribute to wonder.

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