We've been intrigued by the idea of wall to wall carpeting coming back into style in a chic, high design kind of a way and not in the brown rental way you might think of. The first example that really started selling us on the idea was Zoe Deschanel's LA pad
with a light blue wall to wall. But what about in the kitchen or bathroom? We've all probably experienced the horror of a carpeted bathroom but what about a totally durable, stain resistant, very cleanable natural looking sisal?
A number of companies are creating vinyl weave carpeting that looks (and apparently feels) like a natural weave sisal and can stand up to humidity and heavy traffic while it adds something soft underfoot. And with the trend towards natural textures, wood grains and nubby linen, sisal is a great choice and perhaps cheaper than the classic hardwood floor maybe even in a place like a kitchen or a bathroom.
And if natural isn't your thing, you can also find vinyl weaves in bright colors, stripes, zig zags and metallic palettes.
Here are some resources for more info:
Bolon Woven Vinyl Floor Coverings
Alternative Flooring out of the UK.
Here are some common questions and answers about faux sisal
Order samples from Curran or from Coastal Style.
And for a similar product, check out Chilewich's Plinyl.