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.
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?