French Country Fridays

Happy Friday, dear friends! I’m so happy to be joining a few of my favorite blogging buddies for a new weekly series, called French Country Fridays, where we will be sharing all things French Country!  French country style is a … Continue reading

The Rug in the Den

We have had so many questions about the rug that is in our den so I thought I would share the information about it here.  The rug is a braided jute rug from Ballard Designs.

IMG_1035Ballard Designs is a catalog and online retail company that sells European inspired home furnishings. They have beautiful home decor and inspirational photos that help with styling your own home. I discovered Ballard Designs about 20 years ago and have bought quite a few things from them over the years. I’ve never been disappointed with any of my purchases and their customer service is top notch.

I purchased this natural braided jute rug about four years ago and I love it! It’s very soft under bare feet and has been very durable. Our furnishings get used, we aren’t particularly careful, and we have indoor pets. This rug has held up very well and doesn’t show wear. It vacuums well and I have even spot cleaned it with a wet, soapy wash cloth when Lulu’s {the schnauzer} dinner didn’t agree with her………sorry…..just keepin’ it real!

The only negative that I would have to share is that it does “shed”, for lack of a better word, especially in the beginning. More so from the fringe. When it was new I vacuumed it a lot. Four years later, it is much better. And when I do my normal vacuuming now, I just make sure to get underneath the fringed ends. That being said, if this rug tore up tomorrow for some reason, I would immediately buy another one!

The rug comes in three colors and six sizes. It’s a bit dressier than traditional jute rugs and it’s extra thick, making it surprisingly soft.


IMG_1036I hope this has helped answer all of your questions! By the way, Ballard Designs is running a 15% off sale on all their rugs right now! And on another note, this is not a sponsored post, I am not being paid by Ballard Designs {they have no clue who I am!}, and this opinion is strictly my own!

We are returning from an extended picking trip in the South today, I will be so glad to sleep in my own bed tonight! We will have some new pretties going into the shop next week!
Blessings, Cindy