Shag Rugs Bring the 70s Back (in a Good Way)
Hearing the phrase “shag rug” makes some homeowners cringe because of the rug style’s association with the outdated fashions of the 70s. Until recently, shag rugs were decidedly not in vogue, but as the fashion cycle has re-embraced the decade of bellbottoms and disco, homeowners have come around to shag rugs once more.
And why not? Today’s shag rugs are plusher than ever, super-soft and add instant luxury to any room. Plus, they have a practical side. The deep, thick pile withstands heavy foot traffic, making them perfect for high traffic areas, especially in households with children and pets.
If you’re looking to add a new area rug to your home, don’t write shag rugs off just yet. With some research, you can get the most out of your shag rug and transform any room with a throwback feel that’s still fresh and contemporary.
Before buying a shag rug, do your research on the rug’s quality. A low-quality shag rug will quickly look tattered and matted instead of plush and inviting. Quality starts with the rug’s material and construction, so demand the best.
If you’re shopping in-store, examine the construction of the rug: it should be hand-woven and have a strong backing. Feel the pile itself and if it feels stiff and crunchy instead of soft and plush, keep looking.
Shopping online? It’s still worth your time to experience the construction of a rug first-hand. Send away for a sample of the rugs that you’re considering, and try to order from a manufacturer that imports all of its material directly for quality control. You should also shop around and price-compare so that you get the best deal possible. Look for manufacturers who offer easy returns, free shipping and other perks or discounts to get the most out of your purchase.
Another thing to consider before buying a shag rug is your lifestyle. Shag rugs are, comparatively, high on the maintenance scale, so make sure that you’re prepared to care for them to keep them in the best shape possible. Shag rugs should be regularly vacuumed and shaken, and they also need occasional stain treatment and steam cleaning. Remember to use a rug pad and anti-curling system, plus tape if necessary. By taking care of your shag rug, you’ll ensure that it never goes out of style, no matter the decade.