I received a free rug from Lorena Canals in order to write this review. I hope you enjoy reading about this awesome company as much as I enjoy my new rug!
Lorena Canals Washable Rugs Review
I haven’t done a “shop here” post for a while, so when Lorena Canals approached me to see if I wanted to work together, I jumped at the chance. I had actually heard of the company before; my friend Meaghan from Row House Nest (great blog!) wrote about Lorena Canals in her post on how to create a beautiful but practical nursery space. Even though we don’t have a messy kid, we have cats, one of which does that typical cat thing where he throws up on a rug about 2 inches away from a wood floor that could be easily wiped down. We have a lot of throw rugs, and I’ve learned that I need to be practical with them. They must be super easy to spot clean, and washable is even better! (We once had a throw rug that a professional carpet cleaner wouldn’t even clean! He said we needed to take it to a specialty rug place. I sold that bad boy.)
About Lorena Canals
Before we get in to the products, I want to tell you a little bit about the company. Lorena Canals is actually the founder of the company’s name, and she has been designing and manufacturing rugs for 25 years. About 12 years ago, she decided to start specializing in children’s rugs, offering shoppers a selection of rugs that were both aesthetically pleasing and practical. But the rugs aren’t just for kids; they have plenty of prints that would suit a variety of rooms in your home, and like I mentioned earlier, the washable feature is fantastic for pet owners!
Lorena Canals rugs are handmade in India using top-notch materials and natural dyes. Their factory does not use child labor and follows strict quality and safety regulations. The washable rugs all carry the AITEX (Technological Textile Institute) certificate, which authenticates compliance with safety regulations for kids specifically.
One cool thing about the company is that they aren’t just churning out rugs to turn a profit. The company gives back to the community it employs; in 2008, they built a nursery in northern India to care for children who lack basic protection and security. According to their website, the nursery helps care for 120 kids and growing. Profits from Lorena Canals also help children attend school. In the last few years, the company has started a partnership with the Baba Jodh Sachiyar Public School in India, donating money to finance the education of about 10 children every year. You can read more about the Lorena Canals social mission here.
Browsing Rugs & Other Items
As I mentioned, the company’s real bread and butter is in its rugs. When I was trying to decide which one I wanted, these ones all caught my eye:
However, in addition to washable rugs, the company also carries baskets, washable pillows, and blankets that complement their rug designs very well. Here are a few of my favorite non-rug items on their site:
Ultimately I ended up going with the large Berber Beige throw rug. Here’s a picture of it from the website; isn’t it beautiful? The perfect style for my home:
And here is what the rug looks like in place:
We love it!
A couple notes:
- We haven’t had to wash the whole thing yet, but Henry has thrown up on it once and we were able to easily spot treat it just as we could regular carpet.
- The tassels are thick, and some were very kinked up when I first got it in the mail. I let it settle for about a week and then ended up having to take an iron to some of the more stubborn tassels to straighten them out.
- I was worried about the rug sliding around since there isn’t a solid backing on it. Although the cats do sometimes flip up the edges when they are running around like crazy and chasing each other, the rug itself is pretty heavy, so it stays put.
- Also, since there is no solid backing, these rugs are really hard to vacuum. I just take it outside and shake it, which usually does the trick.
What do you think? Have I turned you on to a new company?
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