Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Rag Rugs via Etsy

As I contemplated our recently complete bathroom remodel, I was looking for a great bath mat. Something a little different than your typical white shag/terry one. Our floor is white tile, our toilet and sink are white and the walls have white beadboard wainscoting, so I wanted something that would contrast a bit with its surroundings.

I started thinking about using a rag rug...they usually have a nice mix of colors and are soft and somewhat absorbent for a bathroom. I knew Etsy would be a great place to look for rag rugs because they are often handmade by recycling old bits of cloth and weaving them together to create mixed patterns. Although I ended up going with a small patterned kilim for the bathroom, I really loved many of the rag rugs I saw on Etsy.

Do any of these strike your fancy?

I know we all probably think of rag rugs as a bit "country", but I think in the right setting, mixed with non-country elements, these rugs can look chic. And I always love bringing something handmade and unique into my home. Search "rag rug" on Etsy to find all sorts of choices.


  1. I am one of the ones that usually shy away from rag rugs but I do love the 1st one with all the blue!

  2. I LOVE me some rag rugs and I'm as anti-country as you can get. Love the splash of color they provide, the casual feel and their practicality.

  3. If you would like something that's not as "country" but has seriously sophisticated colors, take a look at salvaj.com. I happened upon them at the American Craft Council show years ago and purchased several. The great thing is that they've never shed threads as rag rugs are wont to do.

  4. I love the cream tonal one....

  5. I vote for the nubby cream one!


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