Shag rugs rose to popularity in the 1960s and 70s, but long pile rugs have been around for centuries. Their super soft, deep, plush texture was a status symbol in Ancient Greece and the Middle East where they were made out of goat hair. And while their popularity declined in the 1980's, we're happy to say that shag rugs have fully made a comeback!
Styling Your Shag Rug
Forget the scratchy shag rugs in obnoxious (and sometimes frightening) colors that were popular in the 1970s. Today's shag rugs come in a variety of materials, colors, lengths, and styles, making them super versatile. No matter your style, there's a shag rug for your space!
White shag rugs are super popular today, especially in bedrooms and nurseries. An extra soft chenille shag rug makes a perfect place for snuggling a newborn, playing games with a toddler, or curling up with your niece or nephew to read together.
A white shag rug in a super fine and shiny fiber can be the perfect addition for a chic space needing extra softness. Though these rugs are made of polyester and other synthetic materials, their thin silky fibers simulate the feel of animal fur. Pair a white shag rug with acrylic chairs, a gold side table, and a couple of velvety throw pillows and your seating area will look like it came right out of "?old Hollywood'.
If your home has more of a modern feel, a chunky white shag rug made from thick strands of cotton or wool will give your space a softness while adding natural texture. Try a black and white shag rug in a geometric pattern to complete your modern look.
If you're going for a farmhouse look, try a grey and white shag rug in a criss-cross, herringbone, or even tribal pattern. These rugs are not only comfortable, but they help the space to feel finished without being too fussy.
A shag rug can add much-needed softness to a contemporary space. A shag rug in an abstract design or simple pattern will help to add balance to the space without sacrificing elegance and luxury.
For the look of shag without fully committing to a large shag area rug, try a sheepskin style rug. These rugs are super soft, wear well, and are not too expensive. They come in a variety of sizes and can be layered over other rugs as an accent.
For a multitude of different styles, shop white shag rugs from Safavieh. From Moroccan to contemporary and everything in between, you're bound to find the perfect shag rug for your space.
Size Up Your Shag
A shag rug can be a great focal point to your room or an accent piece. In bedrooms and living areas, opt for larger sizes like a white shag in size 8x10 or 9x12. For those smaller spaces you want to add a little bit of cozy, add a small 3x5 or 4x6 rug--to add a little more interest, try a shag rug in an animal-shape.
Cleaning Your Shag Area Rug
Keeping your white shag rug clean is important to be sure it lasts. Vacuum your shag rug every week, starting with the back of the rug (this helps to loosen dirt and debris). Then vacuum the top only using suction. Turn off the beater brush to avoid pulling strands loose or damaging the fibers. Steam clean your rug as needed.
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