Designing While Keeping it Green: A Cheat Sheet
Unless you’ve been living under a rug, you are aware of the recent global strike for climate change; well over a million people have gathered to protest multiple government’s inaction on the issue of climate change. This article is not about that though, it’s about rugs. While rugs are supposed to tie a room together, most rugs are not particularly good for the environment (they are generally petroleum-based). However, the green-minded interior designer has nothing to fear.
Your first option is abaca, which comes from something akin to a banana tree from the Philippines. The color has good contrast as the outer layer of fiber is dark while the inner layer of fiber has a pearl-like tint to it. Abaca is very durable in general but is not good for high traffic areas. Ultimately, an abaca rug is more for show than actually use (don’t put it in the dining room)
Another option is jute, which is found in Bangladesh; it is softer than most rugs because of how it is cultivated. While you may be familiar with jute in relation to twine and burlap, jute is not always rough; its softness makes it ideal for a bedroom. Further, its neutral color makes it a match for any color scheme you may want to utilize.
Yet another option is Sisal, which is made from the agave (if you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you are familiar with agave – that’s where tequila comes from). As a fun piece of information, agave (and by extension tequila) is originally from Mexico but is now mostly found in Africa. Sisal is not particularly soft, so don’t use a sisal rug for walking barefoot. However, sisal is incredibly durable and can take a beating.
At the Chernov Team we understand that knowledge is power, and knowledge of how to protect the environment while making your house look like it’s the set of your favorite reality tv show is powerful knowledge indeed. At the Chernov Team we know that whoever comes to the table most prepared leaves with the most, and the Chernov Team always leaves the table with the most.