We’ve sung the praises of indoor/outdoor rugs for years. (Need some evidence? Check out our posts on pet-friendly decorating, Bunny Williams’ incredible collection for Dash & Albert, and some fun pairings of weather-ready rugs and accessories.) And while we think all sorts of new indoor/outdoor styles are cause for celebration, in honor of Earth Day, we’re crushing on PET rugs, an eco-friendly weave crafted from recycled plastic bottles!
PET—a blend of recycled polyester—is a newer entry on the home décor market. We admit that we were skeptical when we first heard about them. We love all things recycled, but could a rug made of synthetic fibers look stylish? We took one look, and had our answer.
Since the big selling points of indoor/outdoor rugs are their durability and washability, we turned our attention to cleaning and maintenance. We subjected the rugs to repeat vacuuming—with and without the beater brush. We picked them up and shook them outside.
We smooshed on everything from ice cream to grass stains, mud to red wine, but there wasn’t a single stain we weren’t able to remove with a bit of detergent, a soft-bristle brush, a hose, and a bit of elbow grease. We even let our cats and dogs play on them, eat messy snacks on them, and give them a good scratching, and the wear was barely noticeable.
Okay, so PET indoor/outdoor rugs could take a beating as well as polypropylene weaves. So far, so good. Right?
Let’s face it: we like our décor to be functional, but we also like it to be comfortable and pretty. And the reason why we had bypassed cheaply made indoor/outdoor rugs in the past is because they had the sheen and texture of plastic. Was it really possible for a rug made of synthetic materials to have the look and feel of a natural-fabric rug? So we tested the PET rugs—under hand, bare foot, and paw. We walked on them. We sat on them. We even tossed them out on the lawn and laid down on them, picnic-under-the-stars style. And we came to a unanimous conclusion: these new PET rugs look and feel like woven wool—they’re lightweight yet tightly woven, so they feel substantial, they’re flexible, and they’re soft—not even a little bit scratchy, as some wools can be. And when we discovered the range of styles and colors PET rugs could made in, we were all aboard the PET train.
Now we just have to pick a favorite. Which one’s yours?