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Choosing a rug…

First, you’ll want to consider where the rug will be used – is it a high traffic area like a family room or a low to medium traffic area like a bedroom?

1. CHOOSE THE FIBER

High Traffic Areas: Living Rooms, Family Rooms, Hallways, Stairs

Fiber: Choose Wool over cotton in high traffic areas

Wool:

  • soft
  • naturally stain and soil resistant
  • cleans easily
  • naturally flame retardant
  • more expensive than cotton, and will last longer

Low to Medium Traffic Areas: Bedrooms, Studies

Fiber: Wool or cotton work well in low to medium traffic areas.

Cotton:

  • soft and plush
  • easy to clean, but will absorb spills, so treat fast!
  • does not wear as well as wool over time

2. CHOOSE THE TECHNIQUE

Flatweave:

  • flat
  • lightweight
  • reversible
  • durable
  • average delivery is 10-12 weeks
  • custom sizes and shapes are available

How is it made? Verticals yarns (the warp) are woven into horizontal years (the weft).

Handtufted:

  • have a “pile” – the average thickness of our Handtufted rugs is 8-12 mm
  • durable
  • average delivery is 10-12 weeks
  • custom sizes and shapes are available
  • more affordable and faster to weave than Handknotted

How is it made? Individual yarns are pulled through the rug’s backing (made of organic cotton) and then sheared.

Handknotted:

  • have a “pile” – average thickness of our Handtufted rugs is 8 mm
  • durable
  • average delivery is 18 weeks
  • custom sizes and shapes are available
  • more durable and time consuming to weave than Handtufted and Flatweave

How is it made? Each yarn is individually tied to form a knot. Handknotted rugs are woven to last a lifetime.

We recommend the use of a rug underpad with all rugs to prevent the rug from slipping.

Every Organic Weave rug is certified organic by GOTS
Every Organic Weave rug is certified free of child labor by GoodWeave
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How do I clean these rugs?

Dirt and spills will happen. What to do?

First things first: the vacuum is your best friend. Dirt and dust will settle into the surface of your rug and vacuuming regularly will prevent the dirt from damaging your rug.

Second, make or buy an all natural chemical free carpet “spot lifter” (available at any major home center, like Green Building Supply).

DIY carpet cleaner:

  • Mix ¼ teaspoon of a translucent all natural liquid dishwashing detergent into one cup of lukewarm water.

How to Clean:   

  • Blot spills with a clean, damp white cloth
  • Spot clean with all natural carpet cleaner
  • Vacuum regularly without a beater brush
  • Rotate every 3 months for even wear
  • Professionally clean with no chemicals
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Size Matters!

Choosing the right sized rug may be more of a science than an art. A large rug will anchor the furniture and make a room seem larger. As Jean-Pierre Tortil, the global creative director for lauded carpet company House of Tai Ping, says: “The rug is the fifth wall of a room. Yes, you decorate the walls, but the floor is absolutely crucial to a room’s design, and the rug acts as the anchor.”

Here are some tips for finding the perfect size:

In a living room, choose the size of the rug based on your room size, leaving a perimeter of 18” to 24” inches of hardwood or ceramic. This guideline leaves you flexibility to shape the feel and look of the room.

9′ x 12′ or 8′ x 10′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

In a dining room, choose a rug size based on your table and chairs. You’ll want a rug large enough that you can pull chairs away from the dining table and have those chairs stay on the rug.

9′ x 12′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

8′ x 10′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

In a bedroom, choose a rug that will both act as a focal point in the room and provide a soft spot for your feet to land every morning.

9′ x 12′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

8′ x 10′

Selecting The Perfect Rug

Go big or go home seems to be the rug shopping motto of interior designers, like Kate Watson-Smyth: “Buy the the biggest rug you can afford.”

Jean-Pierre Tortil: “I personally recommend buying a big rug. When people have small spaces, they tend to put apartment-size furniture and a small rug in the room. To me, that is wrong. (read the full article in Architectural Digest here)

Here’s a fun poll from One King’s Lane:

(we’re with the designers on this one!)
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Kids? Pets? Best Rugs for Real Life

What would I recommend for homes with kids & pets & lots of commotion?

I have 3 kids, a dog and a cat and lots of wool carpets.

I recommend wool area rugs & wall to wall carpeting over cotton or silk fiber rugs in the public areas of your home (high traffic areas like hallways, living rooms, family rooms, dining rooms) because they are easy to maintain. Cotton and silk are great choices for a bedroom or study, where there is less wear and tear.

Known as the “forgiving” fiber, wool is soft and cozy, and tough on dirt, spills and wear.

So, here’s the skinny on wool carpet:

Captain grades wool carpet
source: Carpet Captain

Note that wool does not like moisture – and therefore, wool is a damp basement or any damp area of your home is not recommended.

I recently read this blog caption “Wool is a popular carpeting fiber, but it is not the best option for houses with children”, and then realized that the blogger was promoting synthetic fibers with built-in chemical stain treatments. So, we will disregard this advice entirely, because since you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re looking for all natural rugs with no chemicals and no toxic ingredients.

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“Are all your weavers friends?”

When I launched Organic Weave, my first appointment Patterson, Flynn, Martin, the renowned NYC based floorcovering company. One of the first questions from the lead designer and buyer was: “are all your weavers friends?

“Because I don’t want to see any fighting in your rugs.”

The question made me pause. For so many reasons. I expected to be grilled on price, minimum order quantity and my certifications. Instead, this buyer asked me about the soul of my product.

In our era of fast, cookie-cutter mass production, handmade products tell a different story. A rug weaver may take weeks or months or even years to complete a piece – is her energy woven into the fabric of each piece? Does the mood of the creator show itself in the final product?

Enter Slow Design. More than a trend, Slow Design promotes “well being for individuals, society, and the natural environment. Slow Design seeks a holistic approach to designing that takes into consideration a wide range of material and social factors as well as the short and long term impacts of the design.” – Wikipedia.

The cornerstones of Slow Design are:

HOLISTIC * SUSTAINABLE * NON TOXIC

This movement takes into consideration the maker of the product – is she paid a living wage? How are the working conditions? Is she working with materials that are non toxic?

Few products could define Slow Design better than handmade rugs, which are painstakingly woven and finished and washed by hand. Our work with a women’s cooperative in rural India – Unnayan – has taught me about the value of creating a happy & healthy work environment for our weavers – happy weavers make happy rugs. And everything is more beautiful when made by hand – wouldn’t you prefer I served you a fresh homemade apple pie than a store bought one?

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Lessons from Freud: layering rugs is cozy and inviting!

I’ll admit, I wouldn’t have pictured the office of Sigmund Freud to be layered with Persian Rugs.  And yet, it makes perfect sense to me that it would be….layering rugs creates a cozy atmosphere – and what could be more inviting to conversation, or unpacking the layers of your soul?

Layering Rugs – a trend, or not a trend? Judging from the pages of shelter magazines and the blogs of interior designers, this look is here to stay. Look beyond the  classic layering combination – oversized sisal rug with patterned rug – and experiment withe neutral + stripes, stripes + shags, stripes + patterns – the list goes on.

Here are some ideas for layering rugs:

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Photo Credit: kathykuohome.com
  • Place a small rug on a larger neutral rug to define the sitting area and create a focal point.

Layering rugs - Katie Tarses Home. Photo by Nicole LaMotte via One Kings Lane - living room design ideas - layering patterned rugs

Photo Credit: Katie Tarses Home. Photo by Nicole LaMotte via One Kings Lane.
  • Use similar textures, patterns and colors to unite the space.

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Photo Credit: nepinenetwork.org
  • Layer over wall to wall carpeting or hardwood in a bedroom to create a cozy landing pad for your feet.  You’ll want to use non-slip rug underpad to keep the rugs from moving or sliding.

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Photo Credit:One King’s Lane
  • Go Bold with your accent your rug – you can always change it or rotate summer/winter looks.

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Photo Credit: My Domaine
  • Think about scale: you can mix modern + traditional or different patterns, but consider the scale of the designs. Intricate designs work well with other intricate designs and bolder designs work well with bolder designs.
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5 Products We Love for your Nursery

Crushing over these 5 Eco-friendly products – they’re hip, stylish and chic!

  1. Monte Design

Monte modern gliders and modern nursery rockersDorma Beds

Baby or not, these gliders are so comfortable!! Furniture For Babies, Kids & Grown Ups! Gliders, Beds, Cribs with a contemporary vibe.

2.  Our Green HouseOrganic Crocheted Baby BlanketCrocheted Baby BlanketGorgeous Baby Blankets – Vintage/Throw Back Look – in Organic Crochet !

3. Pure Paint Laboratories:  

Pure Couture Interior

Pure Paint is composed of non GMO plant and mineral ingredients and is biodegradable. Check out the colors!!

4. Organimals

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Organimals are handmade stuffed animals crocheted with GOTS certified organic cotton yarn. Made by underprivileged Moms to delight your family and help support theirs.

4. Organic Weave

Pom Pom PartySailor StripeTilly Trellis

(And of course I want to mention) Organic Weave –  Cotton & Wool Rugs – Design your own rug or select from our designs – Custom sizes and colors available.