Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rug Report: Milliken Pastiche Balsa Rug

This week, it's Rug Week at Librarian Tells All! I recently bought a few new area rugs online, and I found it so difficult to choose without seeing the rugs in person. So I'm writing about each new rug, and providing the information I wish had been available when I was making my choices. Are you rug shopping, too? Keep reading!

Lots of green, and a floral pattern that looks like a forest. When I imagined the ideal rug for our bedroom, that's what came to mind. In all of our other rooms, I wanted fairly monochromatic rugs. But in the bedroom, I wanted something lively and floral. The wall color and bedspread are very neutral, and the curtains will be made in a simple, solid fabric. So I wanted a rug full of personality to keep the room from getting too boring.

I found the perfect rug when I was making a mood board for the bedroom design. It's the Balsa design by Milliken Rugs. Just a few days later, I pulled the trigger and bought it from And let me tell you, I LOVE this vendor's site. It's so well organized, and they allow you to sort not just by brand, but by separate design collections by the brand. Usually I have to use Google for that, so I really appreciate this feature. But here's the best part: On a whim, I pulled up their customer service live chat and asked for a discount. I immediately got a 15% off coupon! It brought the price down to $449, putting me below our $500 budget. Sweet.

After I ordered the rug, I got an e-mail thanking me for my order and telling me the company would immediately begin manufacturing my rug. Huh? I guess they keep costs down by only creating rugs on demand. That's okay with me, but it was the first time I've encountered that. The rug arrived almost three weeks later. I didn't mind the wait. But if you want to order a Milliken rug from this company, be aware that will take a while.

The colors on the website are true to life. Can you see the birds in the border?
When the rug arrived, it was exactly what I hoped it would be. The colors are bright and pretty. The rug feels thick, but it's not so plush that it will pull in a lot of dust. The intertwining branch design in the center of the rug has exactly the look I wanted. And if you look closely, you'll see cute little birds hidden in the border.

This rug has a lot going on, and it's definitely NOT for everyone. But in a more personal room, it's nice to have something that's just meant to please us, not everyone else. It's a pretty girly rug, but the feminine look of the rug will be balanced by the heavy, masculine sleigh bed that Keith wants. When it all comes together, I think it's going to be perfect. Now I'm looking forward to choosing a color from the rug, and getting some curtains in that color. What color would you choose?

FYI: This is a totally unsponsored post. I bought some stuff and I'm telling you what I think. That's it.

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