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12 NON-TOXIC RUNNER RUGS I WANT FOR MY KITCHEN RIGHT NOW

I’ve been dealing with a HUGE pain-in-the-arse client of mine for a year now and I’m ready to pull my friggin’ hair out – it’s that bad. 😩

We’ve been searching for a new kitchen runner rug but she can’t make up her dang mind. I keep presenting her with all kinds of beautiful choices, but none of them meet up to her lofty expectations.

Not only does the rug need to look timeless and classic, but it also needs to be non-toxic (low to no VOCs) and super easy to clean because she’s a “hot sloppy mess” kind of cook (her words, not mine).

Now, I don’t talk smack about my clients but I’m not worried about any fallout from this particular client and I’ll tell you why …

THIS HORRIBLE CLIENT IS ME and I’m THIS close to firing myself!! 🤦🏻‍♀️

MY CHALLENGE OF PICKING
A RUNNER RUG FOR OUR KITCHEN

We were never able to have rugs in any of our former homes because we had two cats who mistakenly thought any rug was theirs to pee on.

But after they both passed away last year, I was ALL about bringing some area rugs into our farmhouse like NOW.

Our kitchen’s  “temporary” scatter rug found a new home …

But then I learned how freaking toxic area rugs can be due to the materials and chemicals involved in the dyeing and binding processes and so I had to slow my roll.  ☠️😵

I have asthma and chemical sensitivities so I had to be very mindful about the construction materials we used in building our farmhouse and now I also need to be mindful about selecting “safe” rugs for our home.

It’s cute but functional as well, providing comfort while doing laundry.

After spending an embarrassing amount of hours hunting for non-toxic rug choices for our home, I’ve narrowed down my list to the 12 contenders below.

I searched for rugs that looked classic, were cotton, jute, or wool, had no backings on them (No. 12 is questionable), and were easy to clean.

I also contacted the manufacturer of Nos. 5, 6, and 7 (they’re polyester chenille) about whether any toxic chemicals are used in their products and was given this response:

“I can confirm that here are Ruggable, we do not chemically treat our rugs in any way.

We use water-based ink for printing that is nontoxic and considered wearable (like clothing). This also prevents the printing machines we use from creating harmful fumes.  We are incredibly vigilant when monitoring quality control and health safety. When it comes to the manufacturing process, we go the extra mile to ensure our rugs are healthy for humans, pets, and the environment.”

So I mocked up my kitchen with each of the 12 options using interior design software and now I’m SUPER SCREWED because I LOVE THEM ALL!! 😍

Drop me a comment down below and tell me which one YOU’D pick for my kitchen!

NO. 1 – HANDWOVEN NAVY
BLUE STRIPED JUTE RUG

Arpad Handwoven Blue/Neutral Area Rug – $109

NO. 2 – COTTON HANDWOVEN NAVY
BLUE & WHITE GEOMETRIC RUG

Zoltán Geometric Handwoven Flatweave Cotton Navy/Ivory Area Rug – $62

NO. 3 – HANDMADE JUTE & COTTON
NAVY BLUE BORDER RUG

Edgemont Handmade Natural/Navy Blue Area Rug- $60

NO. 4 – COTTON NAVY BLUE &
WHITE STRIPED CHINDI RUG

Chindi Rag 6′ Runner Woven Runner Rug in Navy/Blue – $34

NO. 5 – STONE BLUE & CORAL WASHABLE
PERSIAN FARMHOUSE RUG

Kamran Coral Rug – $149

NO. 6 – GOLD & CREAM WASHABLE
PERSIAN FARMHOUSE RUG

Kamran Hazel Rug – $149

NO. 7 – NAVY BLUE & BURGUNDY WASHABLE
PERSIAN FARMHOUSE RUG

Kamran Royal Blue Rug – $149

NO. 8 – COTTON HANDWOVEN
NAVY BLUE & WHITE GEOMETRIC RUG 

Hand-Woven Charleigh Cotton Area Rug – $74

NO. 9 – HANDMADE FLATWEAVE
CREAM JUTE STRIPED RUG

San Bruno Handmade Flatweave Natural Fiber Jute Thick Stripes Area Rug – $50

NO. 10 – HANDMADE COTTON NAVY
BLUE & IVORY RUG WITH FRINGE

Handmade Flatweave Montauk Pacuta Casual Cotton Rug with Fringe – Ivory/Navy – $32

NO. 11 – HANDMADE FLATWEAVE
NAVY BLUE JUTE STRIPED RUG

San Bruno Handmade Flatweave Natural Fiber Jute Thick Stripes Area Rug – $50

NO. 12 – FLATWEAVE WOOL
NAVY BLUE & CREAM GEOMETRIC RUG

Maymie Striped Handmade Flatweave Wool Navy/Pale Blue Area Rug – $135

Make sure to drop a comment down below on which of these gorgeous runner rugs YOU’D pick for my kitchen! 😁

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things
    11/21/2020 at 8:16 am

    I love them all as well, but I think my favorite is number 6.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      11/21/2020 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Penny!

      Ah – sweet pick! I narrowed the list down to my super-favorite 2 and that’s one of them!

      Thanks SO much for taking the time to drop me your comment.

      Hope you and your family have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    11/21/2020 at 8:52 am

    I like #1, #4, #7

    • Reply
      Michelle
      11/21/2020 at 12:04 pm

      Hey Kelly!

      Ha! I had a feeling you were going to pick #7!

      I actually ordered a sample of that one yesterday and can’t wait to see it in person in a couple of weeks. 😍

      Hope you guys have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you soon!

  • Reply
    Sue Summerfield
    11/23/2020 at 9:41 pm

    Ok.. no 4 or 11 but I’m partial to dramatic clean looks ..

    • Reply
      Michelle
      11/24/2020 at 8:05 am

      Hi Sue!

      Ah, yes! I love both of those navy striped rugs. I’m a sucker for anything striped, especially ticking stripes.

      Do you see my dilemma? They’re all SOOO pretty. GAH!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to drop me a comment.

      Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  • Reply
    Peaches
    11/28/2020 at 8:00 pm

    Hi lovey lady!
    Blue & neutral all the way🙌🏼… bec you live in FL and stripes… is the way to go sister : ) or the camran blue rug steals the show for vintage! You can’t go wrong with either of your pic choices tho bec there honestly all GAdorgeous ; ) Hugs!

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