Natural Rugs | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

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Today, Allen talks about the advantages of utilizing a natural fiber rug, as he's done for the living-room.

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6 thoughts on “Natural Rugs | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

  1. Mulchqueen

    What about a pad thin under those sisal carpets, Allen. Pads will extend
    the life of each one. Also remember to rotate the area rugs every six
    months to produce more even wear patterns. Good luck, the cottage looks

  2. scarpien

    I never knew that sisal rugs collected allergens. What a cool tip. Like
    Mulchqueen, I too was wondering about installing padding under the rug. And
    how will you lessen or prevent the four corners from curling up, especially
    since one of those edges is so close to the master bedroom entrance?

  3. P. Allen Smith

    Great question. I’ve used sisal rugs for 20 years and haven’t had any
    problem with curling edges, so I’m not too worried about it. As for the
    padding, I’ve never added it because if the rug sits against a pad instead
    of a solid floor, you get friction that could weaken the fibers.

  4. P. Allen Smith

    You know, I think adding pads would have the opposite effect because the
    friction between the rug and pad would weaken the fibers.

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