A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

I knew this day would come, I just didn’t realize how quickly it would arrive. Our beloved shaggy white living room rug has bit the dust. Between kids and bare feet stomping around and a very big dog she eventually, after just two years, began to look less than inviting. And with a new baby that’s soon to be scooting around?

But not to be dismayed by my rotating rounds of white rugs, I have gone ahead and ordered another.

A New Moroccan Shag Rug for the Living Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

White, you might think? Why white again? See, having a white rug is a bit of a two edged sword. On the con side it has a tendency to get dirty (hehe). On the pro side, we have a 100 lb yellow lab who sheds a body’s worth of hair each day. I sweep the kitchen (which has that dark grey porcelain tile) in the morning, in the afternoon… but to vacuum our living room, which is one of the most used rooms in the house, twice a day as well to hide all of that shedding on a dark colored rug? Yikes.

Here’s that handsome fellow after one morning’s quick brush down with the furminator (the most wonderful dog brush in the world).

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I could stuff throw pillows with that amount of hair. So oddly enough, a white rug makes a crazy amount of sense for us. (Not that I still don’t have to vacuum it frequently, that could get a little icky.) Plus it keeps the room so bright!

New Rug for the Living Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

Peek a boo :).

New Rug for the Living Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

As far as the pattern goes, I fell in love with this style of a Moroccan shag rug when we were in Marrakech last year. They are so beautiful! I would have loved to have brought one home but I had a terrible time figuring out a way to stuff it into my suitcase…

New Rug for the Living Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

I usually prefer the long-haired shag rugs to shorter tufts because they’re generally easier to keep clean. For example, Liv left a red crayon out on our last rug and the sun melted it right into the hairs before I caught it. Luckily I was able to cut it right out, gave the rug a little tousle and no one was the wiser.

This particular rug is a bit silkier, for lack of a better term, but it would be equally easy to trim.

New Rug for the Living Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

I’ve actually had this exact rug in mind for the past year, and this month I partnered with the folks over at Rugs USA to bring this baby home.

New Rug for the Living Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

Rugs USA is known for their incredible discounts, they’re actually having a 60% off sale right now when you use the code SEP60! Sweet deal.

This rug is SO soft, so pretty and so perfect for this space, I couldn’t be happier.

A New Moroccan Shag Rug for the Living Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

This post was sponsored by Rugs USA who gave us a discount on the above rug for our living room. All of the comments are our own!

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19 comments on “Living Room Update: A New Moroccan Shag Rug

  • Stephanie

    I just bought this rug and I think its beautiful! How to you clean yours? Can you use a regular vacuum cleaner?

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    • Morgan Post author

      Hi Lizzie! We are still loving the look & feel of our rug. It hasn’t been a year yet, but I would happily purchase again at the state it’s in currently.

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  • Jason Nazmiyal

    A bunch of quite useful tips. Thank you for sharing your experience with these moroccan rugs. It was of great help for me. This may have helped many others like me. Keep this up.

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  • allie

    hi leslie – now that you’ve had the rug for a few months how is it holding up for you? we bought the same one in october and i’ve noticed the spot right in front of our couch has discoloured and looks pretty worn. i haven’t vacuumed it yet to see if that helps at all but am wondering if you’ve seen any wear/discolouration and if so what you’ve done to help it. thanks! i love the rug too :)

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    • Morgan Post author

      Hi there Allie, We haven’t had the rug for long but no yellow spots thus far! We did spill red wine and that came out with a little oxyclean – otherwise nothing too eventful :-).

      Morgan

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  • Stephanie@cre8tive

    Love that rug. My daughter got one at RugsUSA as well for her apartment. It took 2 months, but she got it! A very popular rug :) The only thing is that she says hers has a smell to it. But the reviews say it eventually goes away..did yours have a smell? Hers is a little different, it has the fringe at the ends, so maybe they aren’t the same. It looks good in your room, you are brave to get a white rug with kids and a dog.

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    • Morgan Post author

      No smells yet! This is the one without fringes (really loved that one but was worried I’d never be able to keep the fringes so perfectly flat and nice looking) so perhaps they are a different material. We are dealing with a little shedding but I think that’s to be expected of most shag rugs.

      Your sister has great style ;).

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  • Leslie

    I definitely think this is an upgrade from what you had before. Love the combination of the shagginess and the pattern. Hopefully it lasts a bit longer than the last one!

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    • Morgan Post author

      Thanks, Leslie! I agree, and I hope it lasts for a good while. But I think I’ve learned that the price of kids and a dog might be a new rug every two years. *sigh*. Hopefully not :).

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