Monday, July 11, 2011

dash & albert rug questions - help!



I am in the middle of a little make-over of my home office. I brought in a farm table I had sitting in my warehouse for the last couple of years...bought a beautiful white slipcovered chaise for the corner...and now I am have thoughts of a rug swirling around my brain.

Specifically, Dash & Albert rugs.




And I have a few questions for anyone out there that may own one...or maybe has a shop that sells them...or just dreams about them the way I do.

One thing I really need to know...how heavy are they? Are they going to wrinkle every time I try to move my desk chair, which is on wheels?? That would drive me insane, so someone please give it to me straight if that is the case. I will forgo the whole rug idea for this room. I am looking at a 6'x9' rugs for this space, if that makes a difference.


Second questions...how easy are they to clean? My dog, Jake, apparently thinks I cannot function for a moment without him by my side, so as I sit at my computer (or lounge in my chaise watching a little TV when I am really supposed to be working...shhhh!) he lays in the room with me right where this rug would be going. He tends to shed...and I have to vaccuum...well...daily. Thank goodness for the invention of the Roomba! But, if he wanders in after being outside with a muddy paw or two am I going to freak out after finding I can't clean it up?



And lastly...what is your favorite Dash & Albert rug?? I can go any direction with this room. At the moment, it is a wonderful, dreamy white. I could go bright and fun or neutral and rustic. There are so many gorgeous rugs, its so hard to choose!




Thank you for your help, girls! I can't wait to read your comments! You know how you get a project in your brain and you want to finish it...well, like...yesterday? Yeah, that is the stage I am at right now. I just want to get it done!

49 comments:

  1. we had one under our dining table for q while and i loved it. they do wrinkle sometimes, but not all the time. i took it away because we have 2 dogs and i was tired of cleaning it all the time, but i will say it cleans beautifully with spot treatment with oxyclean. i just got tired of always doing it to clean up the random dog print or puke! hope that helps!

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  2. If it wrinkles, there's a pad you can put under a rug so that it stays put...I think? Gee, I'm so helpful...

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  3. OMG Mary, I have never heard of these rugs and now I really want one :)
    Have a great weekend my friend!
    XO
    Kristin

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  4. I have two the blue and white mattress ticking and the rouge ticking. While I love the look of both, mine wrinkle all the time. Even with a pad underneath. Perhaps, I should spend the money to get their rug pad? The mattress ticking did end up with a spot I cannot remove no matter what I use. I just hid it under a corner of the baby's crib. Overall, to me, they are worth it for their gorgeousness. I purchased mine from Chania at www.razmatazblog.blogspot.com, she helped me pick the right rug for my room. She is a genius! Good luck.

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  5. I've got a couple of their rugs. I have rug pads under them but of course my dogs love to play on them so they cause the wrinkles but they are light weight and easy to straighten. I take my rugs outside and hose them down that works perfectly, spot cleaning is good too. Just don't throw them in the washer or vacuum with the beater brush down because they get fuzzy little fibers. I have a place that I order them from that usually has free shipping or some sort of special if you need it. For me having dogs they are the only way I can have rugs!

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  6. Hi!
    I have a 6x9 one in my living room. It does wrinkle alot so I bought rug pad strips that keep it in place pretty well. It is easy to vacuum up and luckily nothing has not been spilled on it yet, so I am not sure about clean up. I have the one that is called Framboise something or other. They have so many awesome colors available! I got mine at Lavender Fields Online and they usually have free shipping for the rugs. It arrived pretty quickly too.
    :)

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  7. I have 3 of their rugs. I would suggest you get an outdoor/indoor one...cleans up real nice and also get their rug pad too. My rugs rarely wrinkle, only when the baby tries to dismantle it. :P

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  8. The one I have would wrinkle pretty bad if I were to try to move my rolling chair on it. I don't like any kind of rug over my hardwood floors where I'm going to be moving furniture. I tried just washing my rug in the washer with detergent and none of the spots came out. I'm sure some work would help but I dislike the thought of hand scrubbing a rug.
    That said, the Dash and Albert rugs are gorgeous! I'm sure a pad would help them not wrinkle so much and if you don't mind cleaning...
    My honest opinion though is to forgo a run. I LOVE hardwood floors.

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  9. Funny you should ask... I have wanted to jump into the Dash and Albert world and just ordered the "Framboise" rug, which is gorgeous (striped with tan and red hues). I had seen this exact rug in a farmhouse spread in BH&G magazine once. Against a backdrop of white walls and white woodwork, it was lovely. I bought a 2 x 3 ft. one to see how I liked it. It will work great for me because I am going to put a couple next to some twin guest beds in a bedroom that is already carpeted. It seems to stay put fine on carpet. I also don't have pets and my children are grown! I ordered mine online from the CSN store, which delivers to Canada too, folks. The shipping is free. (The 2 x 3 ft was $30.)

    On another note, Lori from Frugal Farmhouse Design, used a Dash and Albert indoor/outdoor rug for the living room in a cottage she was painting and styling to sell. She said she likes these because they have more heft and will lie better. And they are super easy to clean with a damp sponge, or you can practically hose them! They have a lot of pretty indoor-outdoor ones at D&A too, just not the Framboise color. I plan to buy indoor-outdoor ones for my main living area (hardwood floors), kitchen and bathroom. Have fun choosing!

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  10. Hi Mary,

    I have had many Dash & Albert rugs. The one I had under my dining table for a long time. I didn't find it wrinkled much. We have two dogs and I did wash it and it washed pretty well.

    I had the best luck with their indoor/outdoor rug. I had one in my laundry room in Minnesota and it wash awesome - didn't wrinkle at all and washed by just hosing it off outside. Looked brand new all the time.

    Good luck!
    xo~Jill

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  11. I have to tell you.....whatever fabric you have piled up in the corner of your office is just fab. L-O-V-E it.

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  12. I have some in front of all my doors with a little thin non slip pad. They do move and wrinkle sometimes, but not enough for me not to want more.... now, rolling a chair across them maybe a different story... you can get different rollers though. They make ones for carpet and ones for wood/tile/smooth flooring. Mine are the cotton ones (Margarita Stripe and Vanilla Sky) and since they are so small I pop them in the washer after I flip them over.. 2 times the wear. I think the indoor/outdoor ones are even better for stains. I love Dash and Albert... I plan to use them on my stairs too if I ever get around to that project.

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  13. I've had 2 of them - a small cotton one in my bathroom and an indoor/outdoor one at my entrance. I would suggest going with the indoor/outdoor one which is heavy enough that it shouldn't wrinkle and it will be easy to keep clean with your pooch :)

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  14. I love my D&A rug. I have an 8 x 10, chocolate ticking rug. I would definitely suggest the indoor/outdoor rug only. It is surprisingly soft and cleans well. Of course, it will show dirt, and I have found that 'spot cleaning' doesn't always work, so we rent a steam cleaning machine and it cleans up beautifully! Of course, you can always turn it over and use both sides.

    Good luck and look forward to see which one you purchase....

    Blessings,
    Susie

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  15. Hey Mary, I have two of the cotton striped D&A rugs, one large and one small. They are pretty thick, durable and soft, but I'm not sure how they perform with dirt since my kids go barefoot upstairs. Bottom line, they're pretty affordable and look really good, and the stripes help to hide dirt, plus they provide timeless style!

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  16. I have a large one in our Master, and I love it! It does wrinkle a little, but not to bad! The cleaning is easy peasy, my Jack Russell lays on it all the time. Here is a peak of it in our bedroom.


    http://caycee-hangingwiththehewitts.blogspot.com/2011/01/master-bedroom-complete.html

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  17. hi there! I bought my first D&A rug last summer for our 3 season porch...it does wrinkle, but not enough to make me crazy...and with 4 kids and lots of entertaining out there, we haven't had to clean it yet! I say go for it! You can't beat the color combo's!! :) ( I have the one in the 3rd pic...with the light blues and citrusy green color)

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  18. I have a small indoor outdoor one in my guest bathroom and it stays put pretty well with a rug pad under it. It hasn't gotten dirty yet but I have heard they are easy to clean. I love the look of their rugs and they are reasonably priced!

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  19. i have a d&a nantucket stripe eight by ten in my living room. absolutely, no problem with wrinkling or staining. the sun has faded it a bit, but i flip it over every now and then.

    i ordered it at a shop in park ridge, called yvonne estelle's. they had it shipped for free.

    xo
    ~molly
    ~molly

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  20. I was in the same boat, not to mention my style usually doesn't last but 3 months.

    I went to my local hardware store and bought a 6x9 canvas drop cloth bought my paint and got to work.

    I bought the washable canvas used a paint sealer and couldn't be more happier with how it turned out, and I have washed it twice and it still looks great!

    Good luck

    Heather

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  21. Oh and to keep it in place I bought carpet tape. I was going to sew on a non slip backing but then I couldn't wash it.

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  22. I've used a couple of them. I'm not using them now because it just became too much trouble. I used the rug mats under them and they stayed put pretty well. It was stains that I couldn't get out that made me finally stop using them. I never tried washing them in the machine. I love the look, but we have a dog and cat and they liked to sleep on it.

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  23. I have 2 of the same 2 x 3 rugs in my kitchen (an off white and green stripe)... two so that I can trade one out when I was the other. I love them! I do wash them in my machine but hang them to dry. They wash very well. I also have a 4 x 6 similar rug from pottery barn and can fit that size in my washer too so the larger sizes should was ok. In between washing I do vacuum them and they vacuum wonderfully. I have 3 dogs, a husband and a 21 year old son that are NOT careful with anything and these rugs have held up well for almost one year. I'd buy them again if need be... in fact I've been trying to decide on a new one for my front porch... would love to see what you'd pick out for your room.

    ~Chris

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  24. I have one in my laundry room and we have 2 dogs and a cat!! I just trow it in the washing machine whenever I need to and it's held up just fine!!

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  25. I have a 4x6 D&A cotton rug in my office and it rarely wrinkles. When it does wrinkle, it is not that annoying wrinkle that prevents the chair from rolling. Typically I don't notice that the rug is wrinkled when I'm sitting in my office chair, but after I get up. When the rug moves it's usually only an inch or two. I definitely reccomend using a rug pad - I'm certain that it has prevented much of the wrinkling. Also, if you're concerned about your dog bringing in dirt or mud, buy the indoor/outdoor type. You can bleach the stain then spray the whole rug down outside with a hose and leave it on the porch railing to dry. Love these rugs for this reason! Hope this info helps!

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  26. Confession.....sometimes I come over here just to stare at your header! ;)

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  27. I have both the indoor-outdoor (in the kitchen) and the indoor rugs (in our family room). The indoor-outdoor rugs are heftier and hold up better in the wrinkle department. I spot clean them both - my only counsel on cleaning and canines is not to get a rug with too much white (like the captain's stripe.) We had older D&A rugs in the kitchen and between our doggie and me dropping tomato sauce they were not long for this world. Our new ones clean up well and stay put.

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  28. Hello,

    I just love them...they look so pretty in any room with their bold colors and design. I have two and it brings a smile everytime I enter the room.
    It's hard to make the decision, there are so many pretty ones.
    Claudia

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  29. I have to say I love the look of them, so I bought a small one to put in front of my kitchen sink. then I bought a non skid pad and it moved and wrinkled constantly! When it got dirty I threw it in the washer and the color totally changed! I had a pastel stripe in pink, green, aqua and brown and now it is mostly an irky golden green stripe. I bummed! So it sits outside my back door! lol

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  30. I haven't tried a rug yet but wanted to let the Texas people know that Smitten on the Square in Historic Downtown McKinney, TX. sells them. I will purchase one soon for my entryway. Karla

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  31. They all look adorable - good luck with choosing :)

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  32. Love your rug idea. Trash that "gotta be able to roll around on it thing". You just get a clear piece of plexiglas for the chair and enjoy the decor. You go girl, you only live once. Ann

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  33. I love Dash & Albert rugs...and own a few...I wash the indoor rugs in the washer and then put them in the dryer (or hand them outside)...but the colors sometimes bleed (it doesn't really bother me). I also own some outdoor Dash & Albert and really love those as you can hose them off and they look great. I have a large outdoor rug in my ktchen and love it there as any spills are easliy cleaned off.

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    http://jacquelineswhitehome.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Jacqueline
      I am researching rugs which is how I stumbled upon this page. If you like in Switzerland, I am wondering if you can give me tips about home decor shopping in Switzerland, as we have just moved here and we need to furnish a new home. I checked out your blog and I love your taste. (but couldn't figure out how to leave you a comment there...)
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      Kielty

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  36. I Lurv Dash and Albert Rugs - I have them all over my house and they are the best. We also have sold them in my store for the last seven years and I have to say for your purpose, I would go for the Indoor/Outdoor design and I have found the best pattern for wear and tear is the diamond pattern. The indoor/outdoor rugs can be hosed off outside and bleached - the do not fade or mildew. If you are still interested in getting one - contact me and maybe we can work something out...

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  37. I know I'm piping in way after all the comments, but anywho... I have one in our kitchen- just a small one in front of the sink, but I love it. I plan on buying more in the future. They don't wrinkle, but they are cotton, so yes, they would definitely show muddy footprints. Even where ours is at, it gets dingy and little bits of stuff where I have to wash it periodically. Because it's small enough to throw in the wash, I clean it that way (even though it says not to) The colors have faded slightly, but I also attribute this to letting it dry in the sun during the summer :) They are such beautiful rugs, I don't think you will be sorry purchasing one. I got ours from a local shop that carries them. Good luck!

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  38. I own a dash and albert plain tin wool rug, and I love it. It's not the same as the woven rug you are considering, a little bit heavier, but the design is so simple, comes in severl color options and is easy to clean. I love the plain tin design because it's so versatile to ANY design style. We own the white one with gray and brown and a smaller one of the brown with taupe and gray lines. Because it's wool, it doesn't wrinkle the way the woven ones do, but the key is to keep one of their rubber slip stopper thingies (like that term?). And we have a big 60 lib dog that has gotten sick and thrown up...simply used resolve foam cleaner and voila, good as new. If you are considering D&A, consider some of the wool rugs too. Good luck!

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  39. Thanks so much Mary for asking this question. I too have been checking out the these rugs but were not sure of the durability and quality since I will be ordering on line and have never seen these rugs in person. I think I may be convinced to purchase one now! Thanks again.

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  40. Urban Farm Girl - Did you end up buying a D&A rug? What's YOUR review?

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  41. I'm redecorating my suburban living room and dining room and want them to look casual and beachy. I just got my floors refinished and have ordered a white sailcloth sofa. I love Dash and Albert rugs and am thinking of getting the ivory/blue diamonds for the dining room and the new ivory/blue rope for the living room. No kids, no pets--it sounds liken it should work. Anyone know anything about the rope ones? Thanks!

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