JellyBean Rugs for Your Home
#27 /18 Absolutely Fabulous in Your Home written June 20, 2018
It’s summer and if your house is like mine, the doors are constantly opening and closing as the human and pet traffic never stops. This means a fair amount of the outdoors is coming in, and making a mess of grass clippings, sand, and sometimes, muddy prints. A good doormat on either side of the door can eliminate a lot of the mess.
JellyBean rugs have been around for a long time. We carried them a few years back and have had many requests to bring them back in. And for good reason, as they are hardwearing, absorbent, machine-washable and attractive. I have two that I rotate and these mats are very pet friendly too.
Made from 35% post-consumer PET plastics, in a hook-rug style, you can use them outside or inside your house. I think they work best outside if placed in a covered area as they do get wet and have to dry. The pile is low so the door opens without catching the rug. It is a twisted loop so the cat has a hard time ‘picking’ at it, always a bonus in my house. The loops are small and tight enough that the dog nails don’t get caught either.
The quality of construction shows, as my mats have been machine washed for years. The manufacturer claims the mats ‘wash better than your jeans’ and I think they might be right. Cold water wash with like colours, and hang to dry. I have to confess that I did toss them in the dryer on more than one occasion. This means they picked up a bit of fuzziness from the dog-drying towels I washed with them. It certainly doesn’t spoil the effectiveness of the rug but it looks a bit shabby. I will be nicer to my new rug.
The most attractive thing about JellyBean rugs are the patterns. There are so many bright and cheerful designs. We have to narrow it down to what fits on the rack and that is tough! There are birds, cats, dogs, foxes, ladybugs, dragonflies, butterflies, florals, scrolls, sailboats, and several others. The back of each mat has hundreds of sticky little dots to help prevent the mat from sliding. When the dots lose their stickiness, that’s the time to wash the mat as dust has built up underneath it. You could just give it a quick wipe on the dots with a damp cloth if the top of the mat is clean.
The wide variety of designs means the mats are attractive in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and doorways. Comfort for your feet, colours for your décor, summer is here and there’s a JellyBean rug that’s just right for you.
Did you know? Modern rug hooking is a North American thing. Maritimers from Newfoundland to Maine developed the techniques used in today’s hooking. Hooked mats made the cold floors warmer and used up rags from well-worn clothing or other materials, cut into strips and hooked into burlap from feed sacks.
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- Catherine Reid