Sea Grass Rug design

bbstxJanuary 30, 2014

This summer I went to a Designer Showhouse. It had wall to wall sea grass carpeting in a pattern similar to the diagram below. Yes, that is a diagram of a knitting stitch, but that it what the carpet looked like except tighter. It was in every room, therefore was not unique to any designer or room in the house. Although each room had information for the various design elements, my friends and I never did find a brand name, source, or other information for the sea grass rug.

I went to a major carpet supplier today. They had several choices of sea grass but not this design.

So, I'm turning to the collective knowledge of the GW community. Any one with any idea of who might make this sea grass carpet?

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Annette Holbrook

Check Overstock, they frequently have varied patterns.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 1:27PM
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Annette Holbrook

like this?

Here is a link that might be useful: rug

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 2:36PM
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caminnc

It seems to me that at least one of those Designers would know the manufacture of the carpet. I'll bet if you contacted their offices they could tell you the source. That's kind of what it's all about. I say dig deeper! Good luck!!!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 5:55PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Was it really seagrass? In every room? Or sisal? How big was the "pattern" would you say?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 7:09PM
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bbstx

I found a picture I took with my phone. In the photo the rug looks like a basketweave, but it wasn't. Perhaps you can tell the scale from the photo. I'm guessing each "stitch" was about the size of the first joint of my thumb.

Whether it was seagrass or not, I'm not certain. It was summer time. I slipped off my sandals and tested it with my barefeet. It was very smooth. There was no roughness. Nor was there any "fuzziness" like you see with jute or sisal.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 8:45PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

I am not sure I've ever heard of wall to wall Seagrass.

Given that it's wall to wall, my guess is that it is a "sisal look" rug made from wool or acrylic or a blend. Wool being far more expensive, doubt they'd use that all over for a showhouse.

Anyway, to me it almost looks Berber, given the texture.
I would take the photo to a carpet dealer. If they can't ID it my guess is they can find very similar.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 12:11AM
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porkandham

I'm not sure where you live, but this is the store I'd go to in Atlanta. I'm positive that it's where my friends' wall to wall seagrass came from. They have more than what's listed on on their website. The 3rd or 4th slide on the home page has one that looks like it might be similar.

Here is a link that might be useful: Myers Carpet

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 7:45AM
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mitchdesj

Wall to wall seagrass has been around for a long time, you could check out the carpet dealers in your area, they'll know about it and have samples for sure.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 8:15AM
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bbstx

porkandham, it was the Cashiers Decorators' Show House so it is highly likely that an Atlanta carpet store and whoever did the flooring in the house had access to the same stock! Unfortunately, I don't live close enough to Atlanta to go to Myers.

It wasn't a wool look-alike. The texture wasn't wool-like or sisal-like at all. The surface was very smooth. It was also rather hard. I've struggled with how to explain the hardness which may actually be an element of the smoothness. The best is to say that it was like a very thin, yet pliable, wood veneer over a nice rug pad.

mitchdesj, I went to the biggest carpet/flooring supplier in my area. No luck there.

Like caminnc suggested, I'm going to have to dig deeper. I have emailed the design coordinator. Cross your fingers that I get a response!

Here is a link that might be useful: CDS Participants

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 10:45AM
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nosoccermom

Any chance that it's apple or rush matting, popular in the UK?

Scroll down on the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: apple/rush matting

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 1:15PM
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bbstx

nsm, thanks for the link. The rug in the CDS house was much more regular and refined looking than the apple/rush matting.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 2:41PM
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ashef

A very good source for reasonably priced rugs -- including seagrass -- is Natural Area Rugs, www.naturalarearugs.com. Why don't you contact them with your question and picture and see what they say the rug you saw is?

Joni Webb of the wonderful blog Cote de Texas loves seagrass rugs and talks about them often in her blog. Here's a piece she wrote about them & why she loves them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cote de Texas on seagrass rugs

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 5:07PM
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Annette Holbrook

I put wall to wall seagrass in the family room of my last house. I believe I put it in in 1992 since I know it was there in some pictures from my son's second birthday which was 1993!

Annette

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 6:17PM
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bbstx

Ashef, I have that same CdT article bookmarked. That is where I got the idea to have a seagrass rug in the dining room. I'll see what naturalrugs.com has to say about what I'm looking for. Thanks for the suggestion.

bocron, you've lived with seagrass. How did you like it? I am planning this for the dining room. It will not have much traffic and we have no pets or small children.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 7:24PM
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beverlyfla

This is who I have purchased from as a designer for wall to wall seagrass & sisal.

Here is a link that might be useful: Merida Meridian

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 9:01PM
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bbstx

Thanks, beverly27. Mayon on page 5 comes the closest to what I'm looking for. It isn't seagrass, though. It is Abaca. I know nothing about Abaca. Wikipedia says it is mostly used for paper these days.

When you used seagrass in design projects, which pattern did you like best?

I'm still hopeful I'll hear from someone connected with the Show house who can tell me what they used.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 9:56PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

That's interesting, because I was looking in the carpet dept at a retailer here and saw "true seagrass". I liked it , and was asking the salesperson about cleaning it.

He said about all you can do it shake it out? Which made me think seagrass wasn't used wall to wall...

Off to read CoteDT ...maybe I can use Seagrass after all.

Edited to add:
Ashef, thanks for the link! Of course I need to read about her other favorite things! I love the way she summed up seagrass+whiteslips+antiques. I agree its a great formula.

This post was edited by mtnrdredux on Mon, Feb 3, 14 at 22:44

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 10:09PM
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bbstx

Surely, you can vacuum it. Otherwise, you could never have a carpet bigger than a doormat! Joni Webb at CdT advocates not wall to wall, but having it cut in the shape of the room and bound. Nevertheless, it would be too big to pick up and shake.

I'll have to look into how to care for seagrass.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 10:37PM
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nosoccermom

I vacuum my seagrass carpet, which is under the table where we eat all out meals. It's held up really well, almost liquid repellant and, after 3 years, still looks perfect. The edging gets dirty, and I clean it with fabric cleaner.
Oh, and I use a Dyson vacuum, which hasn't torn the seagrass out yet.

This post was edited by nosoccermom on Tue, Feb 4, 14 at 9:55

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 9:50AM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Bbstx,
Based on Joanie's' blog , I'm assuming the salesperson was just plain wrong! A little surprising given the caliber of the store , but go figure !

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 10:05AM
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kitschyKitch

That's a gorgeous look. Do let us know if you locate it.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 11:12AM
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nosoccermom

I bought my seagrass rug at Natural Area rugs. They also sell wall-to-wall but warn that one needs an experienced installer. Also, see their FAQ on cleaning the rugs. They do suggest vacuuming.

Here is a link that might be useful: FAQs on natural rugs

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 5:24PM
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