Good news! I am officially a certified Green Accredited Professional by the Sustainable Furnishing Council. While preparing for one of the six exams I had to take to receive my certification, I learnt about carpets and rugs. Did you know that “the standard carpet that covers 70% of floors across the U.S. often contains materials that can be hazardous” and can even affect our health? I am sure many of you recognize the “new carpet smell”. Well that smell comes from “volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are emitted as gases. Some side effects of exposure to VOCs are headaches, allergic skin reactions, irritation in the nose and throat, fatigue and dizziness”. The US Green Building Council doesn’t recommend that “carpet containing VOCs be used in baby nurseries as the gases emitted are not something that should be looming in the air around a new baby”. Allergies are also a common problem for people exposed to carpet VOCs.
So let’s imagine that we all decide to move towards hard surface environments. Well, the downside of that is that spaces may become colder and hard on the feet. Of course, we can always use area rugs. Let me introduce you to the beautiful world of natural fiber area rugs. A world that doesn’t cost more and can make you a healthier human being as well as a more environmentally friendly citizen of this planet. These rugs are made out of: wool, bamboo, jute, sisal, shag, seagrass and other natural fibers.
Wool rugs can be so much fun. Only imagine walking on this hand tufted rug by Gan Rugs.
The textures are sophisticated and unique.
You may even bring the look and feel of natural elements such as pebbles shown in this Pebble Rug by 2Form Design.
And may even have fun around the house with rugs such as the Brain Dead Rug by Timothy Liles.
Of course there are choices for everyone. You may visit Pottery Barn’ wool rug selection.
Bamboo shag rugs are so beautiful and soft that no one can resist relaxing on them.
Shag rugs may also come in leather. So pure and sophisticated.
Here a shot of our famous shag rug where many of my girlfriends enjoy laying down while having a chat and a glass of wine.
There are also beautiful sisal rugs that can be used in more classic environments.
And they also come in darker colors such as the Tonga Deep Sea Rug by Merida Meridian.
Seagrass rugs can be used on foyers and they look so good.
They also come in different shapes and patterns, so you can play with them.
Jute area rugs look and feel so delicate and natural.
They also are fun to mix and match.
Get in your zen zone, be good to your body and respond to the planet. Enjoy a natural fiber area rug!