***This giveaway is now closed***
First up - we rarely do product review posts, and I know some people really don't enjoy them, which I can totally understand. I usually do not like sponsored posts myself, so I wanted to make sure if I was reviewing a product I was completely honest with myself and you guys.
About 2 months ago I got an email from someone at Mohawk rug offering us a free rug in exchange for a review of the product on the website. Up until this point we really haven't accepted many things for free because I'm not interested in writing reviews for things that don't feel authentic and that we don't really need. But, let's be completely honest: rugs are costly and Chris' office still doesn't have one. So I accepted.
She sent me the links of rugs that I could choose from and I clicked around looking for some that would eventually work for Chris' office. The one gripe I had right off the bat is that their rugs were a lot more traditional than I usually prefer. While this home is traditional, I usually like to pick more contemporary accessories, and rugs are one of those things that I usually tend to sway on the more bright, colorful and geometric side. They didn't have the greatest selection of those items, but still a fairly decent amount.
Chris' office will eventually be painted yellow, so I wanted something that would go with that. I found this one
I sent along the link to the one we liked, told her what size and waited only a few days for it to arrive in the mail. Once it came I decided to roll it out in the front room for it to flatten out
That was about 6 weeks ago. I didn't want to write a review of it without actually using it for a decent amount of time to give an honest opinion of what I thought of it. And I left it in the front room on top of the wool rug during that time because I figured it would get the most use there because we play with Zoe there a lot
So, here's what I thought:
When we first got the rug I was disappointed upon opening it by the colors. I know that it always says: "The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. Please be advised that in some cases patterns and colors may vary according to size.", and this one said that too. But, it looked WAY more dirty gray on my screen, and was actually sort of brown in real life, so that was a bit of a bummer. Of course, every computer makes it look different, but I definitely thought, "Huh," when I first opened it.
As for how we like the rug? Well, I actually really love it. I haven't liked synthetic rugs in the past because they can feel scratchy or cheap, but this actually feels really nice. I love wool rugs because they feel plush and thick, and this one feels nice enough to roll around on, which is good because we do that a lot on it
I actually find the wool rug to be really tough on my skin and too scratchy, and so I usually have on a sweater when I play with Zoe on it (I have really sensitive skin), but this one doesn't feel bad on my skin, which - as a person with very sensitive skin - I super appreciate. Also, THERE ARE NO FUZZ BUNNIES! I cannot tell you how annoyed I get with the fucking wool fuzz bunnies that are just all over the fucking house despite sweeping and vacuuming from our wool rugs. So I am very thankful to not have another rug that is contributing to the forest of fur around our house.
Another thing is that it cleans up nicely too. Zoe has spit up on it, dropped food, spilled her water, etc. and I don't have to scream and rush to get a towel like I do on the wool ones. So that is super appreciated as well. In fact, I appreciated that so much I actually moved it into the TV room and moved the wool rug into Chris' office
I do love the wool rug in the TV room for it's colors, but Zoe loves to stand at the coffee table and eat her food and she drops crap everywhere (who would have thought, a messy baby?) I didn't want to ruin the wool rug, and this one cleans up so easily (there have already been many beans squished into it and cleaned up), so it seemed to make a lot more sense
**This giveaway is now closed**
And of course, what would a product review be without a giveaway, right? Mohawk Home is giving away a rug up to 5' x 8' and under $150 to one of you readers (you can find some of their rugs here, here, here, here, here, and here). To enter the giveaway please leave a comment in this post (one comment per entrant please). You can also like them on Facebook, or follow them on Pinterest or Twitter and use #ilovemymohawkrug (they do other giveaways as well, so it's worth a follow to see if you can enter another giveaway). I'll pick a winner using Random.org in one week on next Wednesday's post (3/19).
*Of course, all of these opinions are my own and although Mohawk did send us our rug for free, they didn't tell me what to write, damnit. I actually debated for a while whether or not I would accept the rug to write a review, and while I finally decided to, please know that I strive to be completely honest and I hope you respect my opinion to have written this post. There were some things I didn't like as much as others, and I made sure to share that with you. Mohawk was generous enough to send us a rug, and I wanted to do the review justice.