I never knew how hard it was to buy a rug. Turns out I'm picky. Huh.
In the past, we have bought all our rugs from a local purveyor. They have been Gabeh rugs of reputable sources and quality. We have been lucky. The red rug in the living room is one of these rugs.
And then we got Bunny. And Bunny shredded the West Elm rug in the entry of HH1. Shredded. The looped wool was no match for her middle-of-the-night adventures. Ugh. So we ordered Soft Paws nail caps (rubber tips that you superglue on over the cat's nails) and crossed our fingers that she'd leave the upholstery alone. But really, if she had one free nail, she went to town on that rug. Like it was her job.
It was clearly time to veer off my usual course and shop for some value-priced rugs. At least until Bunny ages out of kitten-hood.
Soooo, I scoured the internets and hit up the usual sources to see what the mid-range, mass produced rug market had to offer. My first stop was Room & Board. I loved this one underfoot:
But, you see the looped wool. It's a no. Just a fancy cat toy, really.
So, on to Pottery Barn. I thought I'd try something kind of roughly natural, something that would hide kitty nail pulls:
(Pottery Barn Duncan Rug in ivory)
But they sent the wrong one (natural instead of ivory). It looked ok.
But it was not squooshy underfoot and I might even go so far as to say it was scratchy on bare feet. I'm old now, I want a soft rug under my feet first thing in the morning. I called Pottery Barn about the color mistake and about how it was not soft at all and they told me that the ivory one had a lot more chenille and was softer. I believed them and sent JWH to make the exchange. Picture him lugging 8' x 10' rugs around. He was thrilled.
The ivory? Also nice looking, I liked how the diamond pattern popped. But not one whit softer. Perhaps less scratchy, but not squooshy.
JWH hauled it back as well. And I was bereft. He was simply tired.
Then I went to West Elm one day to get a few air plants (Bunny, again, had decimated my terrarium). And I bought a rug. On a whim. Half of me was saying,"nooo, that last West Em rug was junky even before Bunny got to it" and the other half was saying, "why the hell not, it's a good price so who cares if she shreds it?"
The latter half won out and I have to say it's a great rug. It's Bunny-proof! She does scratch at it now and then and I can tell because there will be a tuft kind of popped up:
I simply reach underneath and tuck that tuft back under - good as new!
It's thick, soft, and neutral (I need some color in the master but I'm waiting until after the construction to put up more art and some shelves and such to see where we go), and it's working out just fine.
I'm watching you, cat.