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Old 11-14-2015, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh
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We are looking for large area rugs that are of good quality but aren't made of wool or silk. Modern and/or industrial look preferred. Have you seen any in the Triangle?

Thanks!
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Old 11-14-2015, 03:01 PM
 
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What materials are you searching for? Sisal? Polyester? Olefin? Green Front in Raleigh has a lot of stuff. So do all the big furniture stores. Did you try a google search? Even Home Depot and Lowes have synthetics in sizes you can order.
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Old 11-14-2015, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh
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We're really flexible on materials - just don't want them to look indoor/outdoor. We're moving from a house with mostly carpet to one with none. We need lots of rugs, and we're vegan.

We've looked at Lowe's and Home Depot. They have lots of synthetics, but the patterns are pretty much traditional or...not so attractive.

I've seen some online, but it's so hard to tell about quality, color, texture, etc. It may be what we end up doing. I just thought there might be some places locally that have some.

Thanks for the Green Front suggestion. I hadn't thought of it!
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Old 11-14-2015, 03:46 PM
 
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You can also chose a cut piece of carpet that you can have bound around the edges. So also check out options in the carpet section.
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Old 11-14-2015, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest (New Light area)
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Check out At Home on Capital Blvd - intersection of Capital & Millbrook near the Petsmart & Sam's Club.
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Old 11-15-2015, 03:43 AM
 
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This is tricky, actually. Almost all synthetic rugs are made with toxic chemicals, accompanied by lots of outgassing (bad for animals and kids, in particular, since they're low to the ground); it's nearly impossible to find true earth-friendly synthetic rugs. "Green" businesses that sell "natural" or "organic" rugs are worth a try, but it's difficult to get proprietary information due to lack of transparency (re origin, labor practices, and chain of custody of their products), so it's a gamble. In my opinion, you should definitely check out FLOR for carpet tiles. The owner--who passed away just a few years ago--turned his chemical-based carpet company (second largest in the world, after Warren Buffet's) into a super-green, closed-loop natural carpet company. He read Paul Hawken's Natural Capitalism and said it turned his life around (he actually gave a TedTalk: look up Ray Anderson). FLOR carpet tiles are super-cool because you can mix and match and create your own rug design; plus, they can be switched out easily, if needed. Otherwise, I'd suggest going for a used persian rug; yes, it's wool, but sheep need to be sheared, anyway, and the old rugs came from family cottage industries that treated their animals well. Also, with a used rug, no animals are being exploited, nor do you contribute to the demand. Avoid any rugs (synthetic or wool) made in India (forced child labor in the industrialized rug industry there is rampant).

Good luck.
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