Your floor just got “friendly”. Recycled cotton, paper and re-used bicycle tire rugs!

Ok, not everyone gets tingly when they consider rug shopping… I get that.  However, listen up because finding inventive floor coverings just a whole lot sexier!  That’s right – whether you’re looking to cover that ugly rental carpet to just add polish to a space you love… check these 3 “eco” and chic-o (I haven’t even poured a glass of wine yet, I swear) options!

Let’s bring out the big guns, shall we?  This incredible bit of floor covering by Nanimarquina is meticulously hand-loomed from 100% re-used bicycle tires.  It’s luxe, artistic, mod & wild… and doesn’t come cheaply.  A 5.5’ x 8’ rug will set you back over $2000 (though it’s currently on sale for $1380), but picture it under a super sleek white glossy table & a couple of dinged up mid-century chairs, turn up that hi-fi… and you’ve got a perfect room. 

Next up… paper.  Yep… woven paper.  The Tatami woven paper rug is refined and chic, sustainable and sturdy.  Crafted of spun paper yarns from conifers harvested in managed growth forests, the elegant Tatami is available with custom sizing & specialized borders (I'm really drawn to the skinny cotton border in steely grey).  Not what you would expect from a "paper" rug, right?  A 5' x 7' runs around $700, but I would say the rich-look and durability totally makes it worth the money.  

And for those of you on a super-tight budget looking for just a bit of chic, I give you the Recycled cotton "Makeover Magic" rug at Overstock.com.  It's small (3'4" x 5'), but the stripe is chic and this baby could work with any look from Casual Mod to Butter-churning Classic Country to Stevie Nicks-out-there Bohohemian.  And priced under $19 with $2.95 shipping… It's almost free!

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