Disposable rugs do exist! Rug cleaners know these rugs as ‘garbage rugs, as well as ‘disposable rugs.’ They are produced by companies employing cheap labor to quickly make poorly constructed rugs they market as hand-crafted.
The Williams-Sonoma Corporation is one of those companies that sells this type of rug. The rugs are made in India and marketed under the brands of Pottery Barn and West Elm.
Here is an example of a label found on a rug from West Elm:
It is so difficult for the uninformed consumer to see the contradictions in this label. That is why we always thoroughly inspect each rug brought to our cleaning plant at ABC and then quickly relay the results of that inspection to our customers. We are driven by our mission to educate our customers.
Here is how to really read the above label and others like it:
Unfortunately, some of these rugs sell for thousands of dollars to the unsuspecting consumer!
Please note: A portion of the information in this article was used with permission from rugchick.com.
At ABC, we often say, if a rug speaks to you and you really love it, get it! But we also feel if a purchase you are about to make or have made is one of these decorative but disposable rugs, you should be aware of the many problems these types of rugs can bring to your home environment and the poor investment they represent. Many times these disposable rugs, with the amount of wool loss and weakened foundation, cannot be scrubbed or pressure rinsed during a thorough cleaning in our plant.
We always tell the truth about a rug’s conditions and what to expect from the cleaning you are seeking. We make recommendations, but the decision about a purchase or a cleaning or repair is always yours.
Please remember we are here to help and are always ready to give you our best advice. You can call or text us at 607-272-1566. During COVID, our hours may vary, so please call first.
We also sell rugs on consignment. You can check out what we have here or make an appointment to view the rugs personally in our office at 130 Cecil Malone Drive in Ithaca. All the rugs have been washed and had moth repellent applied.
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