Saturday, October 24, 2009

To Shag or Not to Shag...

No, not that kind of shag! This kind:

I know what you're thinking: "A shag rug? What is this, 1972?"

But you have to understand what we are dealing with. Under our dining room table is a black, bamboo rug that was purchased a little over a year ago from cb2. I thought, being from Crate & Barrel's sister store, the rug would be fabulous. Unfortunately, it did not live up to its expectations.

The bamboo cracks under very little pressure (i.e. walking across it in high-heels), leaving ugly, bare plastic. Even worse: it create splinters that will inevitably jab into your feet the minute you step on the rug. It's not the most comfortable environment for guests who have come over for dinner and now have to spend the rest of the evening nursing their sore feet. Therefore, we are now in search of a new, soft rug, preferably either black or gray (with or without a pattern).

After lots of searching, I found something that is right up our alley...a shag rug! The customer reviews say that small-pile shag rugs can be easily vacuumed, hide stains, and are uber-soft; exactly what we need for our dining room!

I read the following paragraph and would like to know what you think:

"We all know of the stereotypical 70's "hippy shag" carpet. However, did you know that shaggy rugs have actually made a comeback in recent years? Although the horrid green, brown, and orange colors of the 70's didn't live on, shaggy rugs are still going strong!"

Is this true? If I don't buy a shag rug in one of the hideous 70's colors, could it actually look nice in my contemporary home?

Target, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and tons of other stores currently carry a large selection of shag rugs. Here are some images from their websites:

So, what do you think? Has the shag rug actually made a comeback?


Freckles Chick said...

Shag away, baby! =]

I think a low-pile shag in a neutral color (i.e., not one of the '70's colors like avocado green or harvest gold--yikes) could TOTALLY work!! Our friends have one (from West Elm a couple yrs ago) in a lovely ivory and I swear I could curlp up & sleep on that thing, if they'd let me.

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Callie Grayson said...

I say go for it. I think as long as it is not to shaggy (long) where food would be hiding if it happens to fall onto the carpet.

The lampshades I made were very easy, I used spray adhesive to adhere the fabric to it. then I trimmed with pretty ribbon.


Liz said...

I have a big off white shag rug in my living room. I love it!

Joselyn said...

I say go with what your heart tells you. These contemporary shag rugs are a far cry from their 70's predecessors. Love the first one especially!

I can so relate to your anxiety in making such a major decision though. I am going through the same thing with my dining room chairs Welcome your input as well. Good luck with your decision.

LindsB said...

shag baby, shag! I love shag carpet, but I'm a fan of the plain colored ones- thats just me though :)

Anonymous said...

my husband and I are seriously considering a low pile shag for the bedroom (that came out dirty somehow. :P). I saw go for it! They really are making a comeback.

A Life More Fabulous said...

I'd say the answer to that question is always yes! :)

If you're going for a shag, I'd stick to a solid colour personally, it already has alot of busy-ness going on with the texture

Rachel Follett said...

I would definitely dig on a shag rug. So soft and chic!

my favorite and my best said...

im torn. i think the shag could work but for me i have a 4 year old and there is food on the floor all the time. i would need a dustbuster at the ready after every meal. if you don't have a 4 year old or thereabouts i say go for it. .

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