home decor

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
home decor

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.

home decor, Uncategorized

“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?

home decor, Uncategorized

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

IMG_1456

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.

Uncategorized

What does it mean to be certified ORGANIC?

When I launched Organic Weave at a German trade show in 2013, people asked “what is an organic rug. Can I eat it?”.

(the answer is yes, but I wouldn’t recommend it).

Fast forward to 2018, and no one is asking if they can eat my rugs.

Organic certifications exist for almost any product – from household cleaners to lipstick to food.  And now, rugs and carpets. Our certification agency, GOTS, has recently introduced  a new logo, but the stringent certification process is unchanged.

In a nutshell, the GOTS logo on a textile ensures the buyer that the product has met the standard for processing and manufacturing made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibres. The final products may include, but are not limited to fibre products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles.

If you are looking for more information about healthy options and certified organic products for your home, I recommend the following sources:

Mary Cordaro

Greenopedia

Debra Dadd’s List

Healthy House on the Block

GOTS

 

Uncategorized

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncategorized

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.