Let me apologize for the delay in sharing these photos. Some of you have been asking about my new dining room rug. Well, it’s actually been here for a little while, and the verdict is in: the more I live with it, the more I like it. You can read more about my rug selection process (i.e., the method behind the madness) here.
I purchased the Handmade Eco Natural Fiber Chunky Loop Jute Rug (do not attempt to say this five times fast) from Overstock, and I’m really rather pleased about it all. It was quite inexpensive for an 8′ x 10′ rug (in linking it to this post, though, I see it’s come down in price yet another $20—don’t you hate when that happens?!). In addition, I was able to take advantage of a $1 dollar shipping promotional, which also made it easier on the budget.
The rug shipped really quickly, and after unwrapping it and inspecting it closely, I determined that the quality appeared to be really good—it’s definitely a substantial rug. I will say (and this is the only negative) that it was ever-so-slightly whiffy just after it first arrived—nothing offensive, it just smelled a bit like moist earth, as if someone had done some springtime digging in the garden and tracked a little (or a lot of) fresh soil into the dining room. But this completely dissipated after a few days, so it’s really a non-issue.
Here’s a shot taken from the entrance to the dining room from the foyer:
I think it looks pretty nice, no?
Initially, I had been considering persian-style rugs at a higher price point, but ultimately I thought the natural fiber rug would be not only a more budget-friendly option, but that it would also help bring a more modern, and more casual, vibe to the dining room. It’s also neutral (so I’m thinking I won’t tire of it as quickly as I might tire of a pattern) and hard-wearing (the dining room, because of its position between my kitchen and my office, is actually in quite a high-traffic area).
As you can see from the photos, the rug has a pretty thick pile, which I love. I did purchase the recommended $35 rug pad to go with it, and I do think it makes a bit of difference in giving the rug a more substantial look and feel—definitely worth the extra expenditure.
I also really love the texture and the fringe. Sadly, Archie loves the fringe too—he has developed a fascination with it and feels it’s his duty to attack the fringe at his every opportunity. I’m hoping the novelty will wear off soon. (Hope springs eternal I guess!)
One other perk worth mentioning: it’s actually pretty cushy to walk on and fairly soft for a natural fiber rug. I tried it out with bare feet.
So there you have it—one more small step toward dining room redesign completion!