No, this isn’t some Austin Powers shagadelic mojo discovery or even part of an all new shagmobile option, but the discovery that shag is something you never imagined an area rug could be – shaggy soft, disheveled elegant, tousled classy, ruffled scruffy and somehow still tasteful. It’s the all new shag area rugs that make you want to snuggle, nuzzle, nestle and borrow your toes, or at least cuddle your soles in long shag wool rug strands.
Naturally there’s sheep’s wool and goat hair in white shag rug styles you might expect just by hearing the name, but there’s also wild and funky pink shag rug designs for retro or art deco décor, and round red shag rug talking pieces that will make your room just as individual and lively as you.
And although I’m well aware of the impact a purple rug may have, the pieces that most impress me are the leather shag rug creations that are hand-woven and ultra chic…not to mention… mmmm…how good they smell!
Leather designs comes in many styles that may surprise you because some are mixed with fabric to make them even softer, and the pieces that are tied to make the rug can be all varied lengths so that the carpet has texture and dimension. Perhaps the brown shag rug colors in leather are obvious choices, but there are lots of cool shades in leather, like some sumptuous rich black styles to match leather sofas or even some unusual dyed leather to create a sort of olive green rug that is quite soft and natural looking – not neon bright or sickly old style 1970’s blah green shag rug shades.
But…let’s not forget about BLUE…a blue shag rug, especially if you need a shag flokati rug from those gorgeous long haired goats in traditional Greek color or the modern and popular versions of the flokati shag rug that are not even goat, but synthetic, or even a chenille shag rug that is super soft and silky.
There’s also a type of shag that’s called Pashmina, although it isn’t really goat hair either, but a blend of viscose and New Zealand sheep’s wool. And before we leave the topic of carpet color, it seems the shag rug comes in just about every shade and hue and tone that you can imagine even including what may sound more like ice-cream than carpet – chocolate shag rug or vanilla and chocolate or lime and cherry sorbet or peach fizzle and strawberry cream or a Small Fudge Shag Rug, that’s machine washable and is sold through USA Wallpaper for just over $50.
If ice-cream colors and fudge for your rugs isn’t your cup of sorbet then you just might find some metallic shades are right for you, like the bronze or silver or gold shag rug creations that are shaggily floating around some creative flooring shops.
And how much will this shagalicious flooring cost? Hand woven leather shag rugs cost about $500 for an 8X10 and down to about $80 for a small 4X2 runner style. There are a few super cheap products like Your Zone Bright Blue Shag Rug from Walmart for about $19, but it’s pretty small and the quality isn’t great. A better discount item might be the JC Penny Dorm Life Shag that costs about $44, but is a much better quality and comes in trendy fashion colors like the purple shag rug choice and the iron grey and potent fuchsia pink amongst others. Another cheap option is the one from Target for under $30 that’s a round shag rug in pure white or cream, but it’s not very large. That’s the main problem with these rugs, they’ve become so popular that they’re expensive. If you can manage to come up with $150 or $200 the world of shag area rugs opens a bit wider. Like for example the chocolate shag rug that’s hand tufted called the Stella which is made of ultra plush acrylic yarns and is sold by Ballard Designs for about $125.
Or the hand-tufted super shiny wool shag rug that’s a decent size of 5X8 made by Yankee Traders and is sold by Overstock for about $180, and comes in lots of fantastic colors like blue Ivory red and purple. Purple again…everyone has these wacky purple shag rug choices…when did purple become the fashionable new shade?
Okay but there’s a few more choices like the Shaw Rug line of area rugs like the Shaw Living Shaggedy Shag Area Rug…and if you can’t get that phrase around your tongue to say ten times….you’ll just have to order quietly online from Lowe’s for about $170. But wait..
I just found some discount shag rugs at Sears, okay so their only shaggy bath rugs but they’re super affordable at just $17 and they come in every shade imaginable, which reminds me that a long time ago I remember a lady who had a pink fuzzy shag thingy on her toilet seat and even covering her shelves and floor and part way up the bathtub….but that’s the other shag bath rug era…the old stuff that we’re not allowed to talk about any more…the new contemporary bath mats and carpets are never, ever again, going to be glued to walls and toilet seats or bathtubs or…which reminds me to tell you that the new pink is called Retro Pink or Hot Fuchsia or Dusky Rose at least if we’re talking about a modern shag rug.
Moving on to something less weird, lets talk about a bamboo shag rug…excuse me…isn’t bamboo wood? Yes, and how does it become carpet or rugs? Well, bamboo is now a fabric made from the plant like linen or cotton, and let me tell you it’s very soft and comfy. There’s this great company called Anji Mountain Bamboo that has super soft bamboo made into huge white shag rugs, little shag throw rug styles and even tons of great natural colors and less natural ones like dark brown and black and deep crimson red.
Which naturally brings me to cotton shag rug designs that are rich and magnificent because a chenille cotton shag rug is soft…I mean even softer than my kittens soft white tummy fur. Chenille shag is like a silk shag rug only better because it’s really durable and less difficult to clean and comes in lots of fun colors.
Now here we’re back to wool shag rugs which are endless and I could give you a super long list of great styles, but as I write I realize that I’ve totally forgotten to tell you about a wool shag rug I can’t understand – the felted shag rug which I don’t see any point to at all, since felt is flat and shag is long and shaggy…why felt the shag? I don’t get it. In my opinion a felt shag rug is like leaving your wool carpet in the rain and saying it’s felt!
But in fact I think what carpet companies are doing is taking their old ugly beige shag pile rugs and wetting them down and selling them as something with the cool word SHAG in it so they’ll sell. And to top it all off, they don’t come in funky colors and they’re expensive, like this one from Pottery Barn called the Quinn Felted Shag Rug. And the color? It’s called Clay! Need I say more!
If we’re going to continue in the area rug department, then we have to talk about large shag rugs that can cover your living room and I must touch a little on washable shag rug designs. First large area rugs that are totally weird!
Here is the top one: the JC Penney Lollipop Shag Rug from Concepts Collection is a shag area rug that has massive polka dots all over it. This rug shag baby may be fine for a den or a children’s play room, but unless you’re an expert designer, I’d stay away from this in the living room.
Let’s move on to the large round rugs collections available, and there we find a purple swirls Circle Carpet or Circular Rug in a low pile that could overtake almost any room in a second should anyone dare to toss it on their floor.
And before I say any more about the many strange contemporary shag rugs that are large enough to fill a palace ballroom in bad taste, let me move on to a subject easier to address and that is washable rugs that are practical and don’t look like you’ve just peeked through a kaleidoscope. And that would be the large sage rug that is 5 x 7 feet and has a snuggly 3 inch deep, plush yarn pile and is totally machine washable in cold water…if you can find a washing machine that it fits in, that is.
It’s a great Sage color that won’t show dirt and it’s not terribly expensive at just over $400. You can even get matching little baby sage shags to go with it for about $50 each.
That’s about it for shag area rug styles that I’ve recently found interesting, but that doesn’t at all end the shag topic because every week there’s something new that some designer or manufacture comes up with to shock us or delight our senses.
Oh…just one last thing…I recently came across this phrase while searching for rugs: shag rug la, and I scratched my head and looked at it upside down and sideways and searched for Shangri-La shag rugs and Shagrala shag rug companies, but nothing…until I did this: Shag Rug LA, California, and the rest is history because that opened a real amazing can of fabulous shaggy rug worms in hip Los Angeles California style LA RUG INC…but that will have to wait for the post I write…