The Rug Company & RugMark

The Rug Company recently joined RugMark, the foundation dedicated to ending child labor in the handmade carpet industry. If you’re not familiar with either you can follow a few links and find out that this is a very good thing, because a major player in the rug industry jumping on this particular boat signals a shift in industry standards of child-labor-free carpets.

The prices are a little higher, but the particular peace of mind of knowing that a rug is child-labor-free seems well worth saving up for…Plus, there’s some pretty intriguing designs by some kind-of-quirky designers that The Rug Company has up their sleeve…I’m kind of in love with some of the stranger ones, too many to show them all, but here’s a handful:

(shown left to right)
Swirl by Paul Smith
Carmelina by
The Rug Company
Overleaf by Marni
Love Heart by Vivienne Westwood
Palette by Fiona Curran

$32.50- $230.00 per square foot, from a 3’x5′ to a 18’x12′ (this means anywhere between $485.00 to $49,680.00(!))

To learn more, visit RugMark Foundation

John Deere Rug

Bring a rural feel to your urban environment with this rug by Permafrost.

“Designed in Norway, manufactured in Sweden, wool from New Zealand and inspired by a common image of rural America, the John Deere tractor. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.”

Available in Grass (green) or Mud (brown).
63″ diameter

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,689.00
Availability: Buy John Deere Rug here

Stampede FLOR Carpet Tiles

Hmm. This could be an interesting option if you’re fond of carpet tiles.

Look: Patterned tributes to the beloved Holstein. Dairy cow-sized spots in four colors on fields of white with subtle flecks. Touch: Plusher than a cowhide: a cut and loop combination gives it pleasant varied softness. Be Smart: Don’t run with the herd: spot markings on Stampede are irregularly placed and tiles are designed to be installed randomly for a hide-inspired abstract artwork for your floor. The Details: 19.7″ x 19.7″. 100% Nylon face fiber. Made in the USA. FLOR recommends installing tiles in either the same direction or a parquet style.

All tiles are 19.7″ x 19.7″
(For a 4’x6′ rug, it’d cost you about $176.00.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.99
Availability: Buy Stampede FLOR Carpet Tiles here

Hide Rug- Zebra

A cowhide dyed to look like a zebra seems a little wrong, but definitely not as wrong as an actual zebra hide (in my opinion). So if you’ve got to have the look, here’s an option.

“Cheer up a bland living room with a splash of stripes! This dramatic zebra pattern has been dyed onto a top grain cow hide to give you a high style look that won’t break the bank.”

approx 7′ x 5′

Purchase Information:

Price: $575.00
Availability: Buy Hide Rug- Zebra here

Pieced Awning Stripe Mat

Not a bad price for a rug/mat with such strong graphic stripes…

“A fresh take on a summer classic, our awning stripe rug features offset yarn-dyed stripes that have the look of pieced construction. Hand woven on a sturdy cotton weft, it’s richly colored and one of a kind.”

Available in Cherry, Clementine, Black, Ink Blue and Green Apple.

2 x 3′: $29.00
2.5 x 9′: $69.00
3 x 5′: $49.00
5 x 8′: $109.00
8 x 10′: $179.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Availability: Buy Pieced Awning Stripe Mat here

Festival 5’x8′ Rugs for $398-$592

Some decent designs for a rather reasonable price…

(shown left to right, top to bottom)
Festival Nighttime, $398.00,Buy it here.
Festival Cellular, $398.00, Buy it here.
Festival Spring, $398.00, Buy it here.
Festival Blossom, $398.00, Buy it here.
Chelsea Dots, $592.00, Buy it here.
Swim Rug, $250.00, Buy it here.
Festival Flora, $398.00, Buy it here.
Festival Branches, $398.00, Buy it here.

(*The retailer doesn’t state what these rugs are made of or where they come from, so please be sure to inquire before you purchase so you’re not hit upside the head with a different quality than expected.)

Home Sweet Home rugs by John Pour Home

Just found these cool hand-cut felt rugs via Design Sponge.

[posted by kris]

Rugs (Urban Outfitters)

Urban Outfitters has a bunch of interesting (and affordable) rugs- perfect for adding a little bit of interest and texture to any room.

Most made from low profile cotton.

(shown left to right, top to bottom)
3×5 Peony Tree Printed Rug, $28.00
3×5 Silhouette Flower Printed Rug, $28.00
3X5 Inked Floral Printed Rug, $28.00
5X7 Zebra Printed Rug, $68.00
5X7 Paisley Printed Rug, $68.00
5X7 Zig Zag Printed Rug, $39.99

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00-$68.00
Availability: Buy Rugs (Urban Outfitters) here

Tide Rug

Today’s the last day for DWR’s Free Standard Shipping promotion. There’s the option of saving a little dough on delivery, which will make whatever you buy a little more ‘within reach’ of your budget.

“Originating from a rug proposal for No. 10 Downing Street, Christopher Farr’s Tide Rug has a (politically) neutral background with boldly colored lines that add a sense of spaciousness to larger rooms. The rug’s name refers to the sculpted lines that are created by ocean currents in the sand. Like all Farr’s designs, Tide is hand spun and handtufted of fine wool and manually dyed in small batches to create rich tonal nuances in the strands. It’s guaranteed to grow more beautiful with time as the wool’s natural lanolin emerges and invigorates the surface, creating enhanced luster over the years. Each rug is signed by the designer and numbered. Made in India.”

Hand-spun wool; cotton; latex.

L 10′ W 8′

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,700.00
Available from: DWR

River Bed Pebble Modern Rug by Ksenia Movafagh

I bet this feels really good to walk on.

“This rug is hand made and obviously not mass-produced which is precisely the reason we like it. Each is a ‘one off’ piece, entirely made by hand. Please note that due to this peculiar uniqueness, customer must be able to accept understandable variations that are normal for unique hand made works of art.”

Custom sizes upon request.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,800.00
Availability: Buy River Bed Pebble Modern Rug by Ksenia Movafagh here

5’x8′ Elements Rug

This rug has a completely acceptable price tag (which is always pleasantly surprising).

“Toe the line with whorls, arches and ridges that ID abstract thumbprints. Neutral graphic in plush 100% bikaner wool handtufted in multi-tones of ivory, beige, dark brown.”


Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Availability: Buy 5’x8′ Elements Rug here

Chinese River Rug-Antique

Whether you’re into the semi-decorative or not, rugs are a great way to add pattern and interest to a room.

Hand-tufted 100% New Zealand Wool
8mm/10mm cut and loop pile

8 x 10 ft

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,600.00
Availability: Buy Chinese River Rug-Antique here

Grace Rug

Even though this rug’s pattern is barely there, and not at all ‘pattern-y’, there’s a nice quality that adds some interest without distraction.

“Created in a colorway that’s only available at DWR, the Grace Rug (1999) was named in honor of Angela Adams’ great aunt. “I always thought my aunt Grace was very cool because she could whistle with two fingers,” says Adams. Capturing a pattern that could represent a burst of light or sound (or Grace’s whistle), the Rug’s depth and texture is highlighted by Adams’ use of color and thick pile. Hand tufted out of 100% New Zealand wool, the Grace Rug’s 1″ pile is soft and inviting. The edging is resolved without having to use a band, and the smooth cotton backing is attached using a natural rubber latex adhesive.”

100% New Zealand wool; cotton monk’s cloth; natural rubber latex.

W 8′ D 10′($1699.00) or W 5′ D 8′ ($899.00)

Purchase Information:

Price: $899.00
Available from: DWR

Laser Cut Rug- Round

Just at five foot (diameter), this wool blend rug’s crisp pattern will provide a monochromatic detail to whichever room you want.

“wool blend felt. imported. professional cleaning recommended.”

Available in Truffle or Flax.

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Availability: Buy Laser Cut Rug- Round here

‘Contemporary Rugs’

Check out these rugs on sale- the only drawback is that the site doesn’t specify the materials used, so before you buy you might want to ask them.

All prices below for 5×8 size (but larger sizes are available).

Item # M-41(Black/White Stripe), Sale: $301.50, Buy it here.
Item # ART-54 (Red Dot), Sale: $603.00,Buy it here.
Item # G-59 (Zebra-ish Pattern), Sale: $504.00, Buy it here.
Item # G84 (Green Modern Rug), Sale: $504.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $301.50-$603.00
Availability: Buy ‘Contemporary Rugs’ here