Can a Pale Rug Survive Kids... or Any Humans at All?

Can a Pale Rug Survive Kids... or Any Humans at All?

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Tess Wilson
Aug 24, 2015

Q: We love this rug, but can't decide whether or not we are setting ourselves up for a life of running after guests with red wine and/or kids with markers- and even panicking about general foot traffic. We wanted to get a wool Persian rug and found this one on sale at Lillian August ($1900 + 70%off!). We love the design, colors, and that it's hand-knotted, but will we be hating ourselves when we have kids?

As you can see, we already have a whiter-than-expected linen couch. This rug looks even whiter in pictures, but up-close it has that brownish sheen to it that some white dogs/white sheep get as well. Makes it look almost already dirty, any thoughts? -Sent by Laura

Editor: My hope is that this question will inspire two types of answers. First, what are your thoughts about Laura's rug and its chances for survival, especially with kids possibly in the future? Second, how- if at all- does one live with white, cream, or otherwise pale rugs? Is it a nightmare? A bit high maintenance but no big deal? Totally worth every second of stress and scrubbing? Please share your experiences!

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