I said I wouldn't backslide. I've had sea grass and sisal before. You spill one drop of water on sisal, and you have a water mark for good, unless you wet the whole rug down so the water mark blends in. They say sea grass is easier to keep clean only because the motled look of it hides the dirt better. It gets dirty, but it kind of blends into the natural coloring.
Dirt from muddy paws, or dirty shoes, or just everyday dirt that gets tracked in no matter what shows very easily on natural fiber rugs. And God forbid you should spill wine or coffee on it!
But I love the look. I've asked my designer friends if there's a trick to keeping sea grass clean looking. Michael Pelkey laughs, and says live with the dirt. He's had cheap ones and pricey ones, and says that after about a year they all look grubby. Joni Webb says just vacuum.
So I bought a mountain grass rug HERE at a great clearance price of $119.95 for an 8 X 10.
I'm revamping the bedroom for summer: Painting some furniture, putting on a white bed linens. A nice sea grass rug would look wonderful. But they weren't on clearance. So I asked the folks at Natural Home Rugs the difference, and they said mountain grass is less green (in color) than sea grass.
So I took a chance. It arrived today, and it smells divine. I haven't unrolled it yet. No time to move furniture. But I wanted to let you all know about the terrific sale in case you need a rug.
I'm going to put the bed on top of it. I'll also Scotchgard it. I know it will look ratty in a year or so, but for $119. I can deal with it.
I know alot of you have sea grass and sisal. How do you keep it clean?
The French love to use sea grass as a juxtaposition of something very rustic and simple to play off more elegant furnishings and spaces. It's used all time in our versions of French Country decorating.
Shabby chic and coastal beach interiors use sea grass as a matter of fact.
Sea grass also looks great in modern settings.
Sea grass is great for layering other rugs on top of it. That's a good way to keep it cleaner longer ha ha.
And traditional rooms look great with sea grass rugs.
So I fell off the wagon. Sea grass, mountain grass, and sisal are prefect fibers for New Orleans. Or for that matter anywhere.