Good Questions: Are Flokati Rugs Baby-Friendly?

Good Questions: Are Flokati Rugs Baby-Friendly?

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Carrie McBride
Apr 2, 2008

Suzana would like your advice:

My husband and I are in the process of moving and we are very interested in buying a beautiful ivory Flokati rug for our living area. However, I'm currently 8 months pregnant with a little boy. Somehow, common sense tells me that the combination of a baby and a white rug will not go together! What do you guys think? Can it work?

Also, our new abode will be a Provincial home in the South of France. The flooring is rough antique tiles, and I really need a soft area for the baby to play, when he is bigger. The Flokati looks so soft (the extreme opposite of the tiles), luxurious, and is apparently easy to clean. My husband is totally convinced that it will be fine, especially if we cover the rug with an old sheet, when the baby is either using the play gym or crawling around on it and I really want to believe him! Any advice and/or other suggestions for a rug will be much appreciated.

Flokati rugs sure are soft so we can see the appeal of using it to add warmth to a tile floor. And we're sure your son will enjoy lounging on it. Before you buy, we'd suggest you do a little reading about the care and feeding of Flokati rugs. For instance, it's recommended they be shaken out regularly rather than vacuumed - do you have an outdoor space where you can do this?

Here's a post from AT Chicago about keeping it clean. Incidentally, a reader commenting on that post noted that she had been using one in her daughter's bedroom for almost five years and it was still clean (and she did vacuum), but she didn't allow her daughter to eat or do messy crafts on it.

Readers, what do you think? Do your kids peacefully co-exist with a Flokati rug? Or white rugs in general?

(Image via West Elm.)

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