Good Questions: Good Quality Rug to Grow with Child?

Good Questions: Good Quality Rug to Grow with Child?

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Janel Laban
Jan 26, 2009

Anna sent in a good question: I'm on what seems like a neverending quest for a rug for my baby's room (he's due any day now). I can't spend much more than $500, and would prefer to spend less. I'm looking for something of good quality that will grow with my child, something we can use for a while, so not overly "baby."

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In our nursery thus far, the only big pieces are the Oeuf Sparrow crib in birch, the Ikea Hemnes dresser in red, and the smaller Ikea Expedit in birch. I would want any rug I have to be fairly subtle, fun but not overly pattern-y. Difficult!

I've found some affordable options in crewel work rugs, namely at Anthropologie, but have heard from several people I know – and from readers' comments in past posts on Apartment Therapy – that these do not always wear very well, and that they snag easily.

I love Angela Adams rugs, and wish I could find larger versions of some of her cotton rugs, which I think would be ideal for a nursery. I like many of her wool rugs, and think the Lulu pool (shown above, left) might be a nice option.

Most recently, I've been seriously considering the Thomas Paul flock flat weave rug (shown above, right), now on sale at Velocity Art and Design.

It's a bit thin, so I hear, but hard-wearing and woven from soft lambswool.

I would love to hear from anyone who has looked long and hard for a nursery rug, and is very pleased with what they're using. Also--if anyone has tried one of the Thomas Paul flatweaves, I would love to hear your impressions!

Please share your thoughts on the rugs Anna is considering or make suggestions for other rugs to consider...thanks!

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