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:
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.
Introduced in the 1960s, and wildly popular in the 1970s – wall to wall carpeting is enjoying a resurgence in popularity mainly because of its warmth and softness.
Do you remember the 70s shag? Whole living rooms blanketed with avocado or tangerine shag floors that needed to be raked?
Or perhaps like me, you grew up watching The Brady Bunch, with almost the entire set covered in wall to wall carpet?
(What ever happened to Carol Brady’s husband? And did anyone else notice that the exterior view of the Brady house showed the second floor on the left side while the interior clearly has the staircase on the right side? Just two of the mysteries of my childhood).
Somewhere in the 90’s, flooring trends changed. Wall to wall carpeting was ripped out and replaced with hardwood floors and area rugs.
Carpet has lost favor as a decor choice, partly due to the ‘bad rap’ it has endured. That new carpet smell? The result of the chemicals used to manufacture the carpet. Critics maintain that these chemicals off gas and create poor indoor air quality.
Besides no off gassing/ new carpet smell, here are some of the reasons why Organic Wool Carpet is an ideal choice for living areas, hallways and bedrooms:
soft and comfortable underfoot
natural material from rapidly renewable resource (sheep)
filters dust and allergens
durable and long-lasting; wears well, resilient, retains original texture
flameproof, abrasion resistant
excellent sound absorption and heat insulation
easily cleaned and maintained
no chemical stain protectors or moth proofing treatments
What’s old is new again. Organic Weave offers a myriad of color and style choices, including shags. Shags that need no rake.
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
Products to consider:
crib and furniture
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
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.
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?
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
This is a shout out to HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, who is credited with changing agricultural practices throughout the UK from conventional to organic.
“In farming, as in gardening, I happen to believe that if you treat the land with love and respect (in particular, respect for the idea that it has an almost living soul, bound up in the mysterious, everlasting cycles of nature) then it will repay you in kind.”
— Charles, Prince of Wales
When I launched Organic Weave, everyone asked: “what’s an organic rug?”, and a few people even asked: “can I eat it?” (yes, but I wouldn’t recommend it).
When people of influence get behind the organic movement, change happens. My heartfelt thanks to Price Charles for his commitment organic farming and leading the way for thousands of others across the planet.
Thankfully no one asks me if they can eat my rugs anymore, although I am still waiting for more people to care about chemical content in home furnishings, as well as food.
And, BTW, if you haven’t tried Prince Charles’ cookies: Duchy Originals, you haven’t lived. Take my advice and get some soon!