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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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Tips for the non-toxic nursery

Designing a non-toxic nursery gets easier every day.

We spend up to 90% of our time indoors, and the average person spends one third of that time in the bedroom.  A baby or child may spend 12+ hours just sleeping in their bedroom. Creating a chemical free sleep environment for your child is a good place to start, according to Mary Cordaro, an expert in healthy homes:

Transforming the bedroom into a healthy, environmentally clean and comfortable retreat is on of the most important steps we can take to improve our overall health and well-being. – Mary Cordaro

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Products to consider:

  • paint
  • wallpaper
  • flooring
  • rug
  • drapery
  • bedding
  • crib and furniture
  • mattress

Some great resources for shopping:

  • goop guide – a definitive guide on everything you’ll need for the first months
  • thetot.com– retail and online shop and advice for every parent

#love is all you need – plus a healthy environment for your child to sleep, play and thrive.

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Color therapy

Crayons-FTRWhite…the color of innocence and purity.  Red…the color of fire and passion. Blue….the color of the sky and the sea….

Can a color impact my mood? Is is an accident that hospital walls are painted pale green (lowers blood pressure) or soft blue (relaxes and soothes)?

Can a bright yellow space make me hyper?  According to Marie-Chantal Milette, Founder of Kryptonite, The Color Agency, the answer is yes.  Milette’s company advises brands on smart color choices – like choosing red for a restaurant’s branding to stimulate appetite. Having studied the impact of colors all her life, Milette uses her knowledge to help brands reach their target audience with the right colors.

Milette on the color red: “People who favor red tend to be passionate and intense. And red causes everyone’s heart to beat faster – even people who are color-blind – because it has the longest electromagnetic wavelength of any color, and it stimulates the brain to release hormones.”

I grew up surrounded by crimson red. The foundation of every room in our home was a handcrafted Persian rug with a traditional color combination of ruby red + navy.  It seems that blue and red are a perfect combination – blue evokes calm and tranquility and red is the color of energy and passion.  My childhood home – with six children and a myriad of pets, was a chaotic one, and yet welcoming and peaceful. Red is the color of love, and my childhood was full of unconditional love.

Did the rugs have anything to do with the mood in the house? Is it a coincidence that Presidents and Prime Ministers across the globe wear a uniform of a navy suit with a red tie?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking for Non Toxic Products?

I recently came across Debra’s List (http://www.debralynndadd.com/debras-list/) and if you don’t know about Debra Lynn Dadd, head over to her website for an education on chemical free living.

Debra Lynn Dadd is an expert in non-toxic living and a go-to person for the chemically sensitive community. She is a consultant and author of several books, including “Home Safe Home”.

Debra has reviewed thousands of products from insect repellents to paint and clothing and given her seal of approval.  Organic Weave is thrilled to be included on Debra’s List beside companies who care as much as we do about producing chemical free products.

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…woven from the soul

In our era of cookie cutter, mass produced, “commodity” decor, it’s refreshing to me to see unique, one of a kind product, made by hand.  I concur with Hugo MacDonald:

“We are living in a world of smooth edges and shiny surfaces. Our yearning for everything to be friction free feels like it has gone too far, rendering us with a wipe-clean reality….we value craft precisely because we feel the human hand within it….”

Products that are made by hand carry the heart and soul of the artisans. Our rugs are made entirely by hand – taking slow manufacturing to the next level, as one piece can take months and month (or even years) to complete.  Knot by knot, row by row.

Most of our rugs are inspired by our client’s own designs.  Children’s artwork becomes a family treasure.   We encourage you to dream it…..so we can make it.

Imagine my surprise when a client’s artwork showed up – black on white – #WTF.

I will admit, my first thought was “how cool”, maybe #rugs will be my next big thing.  And then I thought, do I have any moral obligation to weed out swear words in my custom rug service?  Do I honor the client’s vision?

the best things in life are free

After some vacillating between I wish I had thought about it first and do I want to produce a rug with #WTF, I made the rug. And I also made the rug photographed above: “the best things in life are free” rug, at the same time.  #cancel-clear

 

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Who Made Your Rug?

Until 1996, there were no watchdog organizations to monitor child labor in India’s carpet industry. Some estimated that 1,000,000 children were weaving carpets in South East Asia.

1,000,000 kids.

The work of agencies like GoodWeave and LabelStep have changed the handmade rug industry by monitoring looms for illegal child labor.  These non-government agencies have been active for decades in creating programs to help to rehabilitate children at risk.

Simple formula. Not so easy to implement.

In 1996, I was asked by then Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada), Pierre Pettigrew, to participate in a panel discussion about child labor. I sat alongside my colleagues from major corporations – NIKE, LEVI STRAUSS and I presented on child labor in India’s carpet industry.

All eyes were on me (meaning fingers were pointed) because everyone was talking about tiny fingers weaving rugs. At that time, there was only a whisper about child labor in other industries – no one was talking about the garment industry – yet.

….as I was presenting, (and it was late in the afternoon and everyone seemed to need an espresso), I stood up and asked “WHO MADE YOUR SHIRT?”.

It’s a good question to ask ourselves whenever we buy an imported product.

Organic Weave is a proud member of GoodWeave International and our rugs are certified free of child labor.  Who made your rug?

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Is your home making you sick?

Nicolas Kristoff’s NY TIMES article, What Poisons Are in Your Body? made me pause. Kristoff was tested for “poisons” found in everyday products we use or consume including toothpaste and household cleaning products. The test results showed that Kristoff’s body had surprising levels of toxic chemicals.

The rug and carpet industry has been widely criticized for “off-gassing” – when newly manufactured items in our homes release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals. The raw materials in carpet, from flame retardant sprays to the synthetic fibers and chemical dyes used in their production, are a likely contributor to poor indoor air quality.

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), we spend up to 90% of our time indoors.  Ask questions about the chemical content of the products you bring into your home.