Sunday, January 25, 2009

Great Minds Think Alike

Erica and I recently added two new items to our dining areas: Two Sisal Rugs!

Since we love black as an accent color and are using it liberally in our homes, it's no surprise that we independently ended up selecting black-bound sisal rugs from two different merchants, within 24 hours of each other. Erica's is from Home Decorator's Collection, and mine came from Ballard Designs.

Natural fiber rugs like sisal rugs are a designer staple. Made from Agave sisalina, which is found in Africa and Brazil, they add an organic element to every home. Sisal rugs are stronger and more durable than other natural fiber rugs; they are naturally stain resistant and supposed to be a breeze to clean -- all you need to do is vacuum the rug regularly or shake it out to remove any debris that might sneak in there. And, they are much less expensive than other area rug options out there.

A rug that is easy to clean, durable, and inexpensive? Sign me up!

You may be wondering where we placed our new rugs, so here's a sneak peek:

Above: My (Erin's) dining room

Above: Erica's kitchen

I think it's safe to say this won't be our last natural fiber rug purchase. I can already think of a few others I'd like to bring home...

Ballard Design's Coventry Rug in the Living Room or Kitchen

West Elm's Jute Diamond Rug in the Master Bathroom

Pottery Barn's Flat Braided Jute Rug in the Bedroom

Do you like natural fiber rugs? Where have you used yours?

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