Adding A Seagrass Rug From World Market

You all know by now that we’re in love with our master bedroom. And after much trial-and-error we were convinced that we’d thought of every last thing to make it comfy cozy meets hotel chic. But the other day we looked down and realized there was something missing…

…and thus begun a hunt for the perfect rug.

Fortunately the search ended quickly when we found the most amazing thing (at the most amazing price) courtesy of World Market. In addition to their normal collection of global rugs, they offer a cool customizable option that we haven’t seen anywhere else. It’s basically seagrass rug by the foot. First you choose from three different grass colors (from off-white straw to a honey brown seagrass). Then you chose the length (while the width is a standard 9 feet). See, the rugs come in 9 foot wide strips that are tied together in one long accordion ream, so you just tell the salesperson how long you want your rug to be (and whether you want a 3×9 runner, a 12×9 area rug, or anything in between, they’ll cut it for you on the spot). I know it sounds strange (or like it might fray when they cut it) but the strips are tied together with twine that weaves through the seagrass so it doesn’t disturb the weave of the rug when the twine is cut. And at only $10 per strip (our 6×9 foot version cost us a mere sixty beans!) we challenge you to find a better deal.

But enough chitchat. Here’s what it looks like in our bedroom (you can clearly see the six horizontal rows below, so hopefully the above description is less perplexing with a visual):

We love how it anchors the bedroom and injects that soothing natural element into the room. I will admit it’s no mohair rug underfoot, but the stiff seagrass texture feels kinda spa-ish and akin to a walk around a private hut in Bali as opposed to a walk on the back of a sheep (which is still pretty great). At first when we ran our hands over the rugs in the store we thought they might be a bit rough, but when we laid a strip on the floor and walked on them we realized our hands must be a lot more delicate than the bottoms of our feet because it felt a lot less rough/stiff on our feet. And for the value and flexibility that this type of rug offers, we’re completely sold. Innovative and affordable. Gotta love it. Down the line we could even snip it apart to create two runners or even a few smaller mats for the sunroom, but for now it’s not going anywhere. We’re obsessed with how the subtle diamond pattern works with our geometric West Elm bedspread.

Oh and before you run out the door in search of your own cheap & chic floor covering, it should be noted that you’ll probably find ’em at the front of the store near the cash register (and not the in the rug section) since a salesperson has to cut the rug to your desired size. We almost missed ’em ourselves, so we thought we’d pass along that crucial detail. Now go cut a rug.


  1. Tatyana says

    I don’t think anyone can find a better deal. I thought I found a good one for a $100-some rug from JC Penney. I like the fact that the rug is versatile that you can move it somewhere else later or cut it up into smaller rugs.

    Great find!

    BTW – how do you clean it?

  2. says

    That looks wonderful! We have a similar rug in our room, and I was worried about how rough it might be, but it really doesn’t feel bad. And I love not having to step on the cold floor first thing in the AM.

    I have been reading for a while and just love your style. It is inspiring to see you do so much on a budget and yourself!


  3. Jess says

    Great price! It looks perfect in your room.

    What kind of camera do you use? All your pictures look so crisp and clear. I’m on the hunt for a new one so I figured i’d ask.

  4. Lisa says

    Very cool. Do you think it would work outdoors? I will check their website and try to find out, but if you know anything, please let me know – thanks.

  5. YoungHouseLove says

    Tatyana, we plan to do regular vacuum cleaning as necessary. Haven’t quite thought through treating a stain, but we’d definitely take a gentle approach (using salt to soak up any liquid spill and then vacuuming up the salt, or using simple soap and water to spot treat it). Overall we’ve found natural rugs are super low maintenance and easy to care for. Hope that helps!

    Jess, we use a Canon Powershot SD1000 Digital Elph for our photos. Glad you like the photos – we constantly think we’re in need of something better. Maybe we’ll save our money. :)

    Lisa, I wouldn’t recommend putting this outdoors in the elements. Moisture would probably make it matted and potentially moldy. But the salesperson at World Market said lots of people use them in sunrooms or screened-in porches.

    We’d love to hear if anyone else snags one for themselves!


  6. says

    OMG, what a great find!! I never knew World Market did that! I might’ve saved myself $400 going that route instead of the WE rug we went with for our LR. *sigh* Oh well, now I’ll just need to find another spot for the seagrass steal! Thanks for sharing, and it looks great in your bedroom!

  7. says

    I saw one like this at Pier 1 the other day and totally wanted to get it but I was also worried about the texture. It was only $20 and now I really want it after reading this!!

  8. says

    It all looks so lovely. The rug is the perfect compliment to the soft linens; a nice earthy organic touch. I use this flooring a lot. I tend to buy the light colored version. Have you seen that one? They in fact have three types to choose from (maybe not at all locations though). I did a whole big area in the garage where my son has a place that he plays and does art. I also have some in the dining room. I will say that you have to lift it up now and then and vacuum underneath it as it sheds little bits of grass.

  9. Shari says

    Rug looks great in your bedroom. Is this the honey brown color? This would look fabulous in my eating nook, as I have maple hardwood flooring and a black pub table. Also need one in my family room, so I might get one for in there as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey Shari,

      Yup, we went with the honey brown tone and it looks great with our hardwood flooring as well as our dark-toned furnishings. I’m sure it’ll look gorgeous in your eating nook- and it’s so easy to keep clean because you can just vacuum it or shake it out if it gets crumbs on it. Because the texture is straw-like, it’s not very absorbent so it would definitely be a nice durable choice since it’s so stain resistant. Hope it helps!


  10. elizabeth says

    This post is from so long ago that I’m not sure anybody will read it, but do you think it would be possible to add strips to the rug to make it wider than 9′? We need a 12×15 rug for our living room, and the one’s I’ve found are SUPER expensive, so I thought this might be a good option…


    • says

      Yup, you can get any length with the 6′ width (they cut it for you on the spot) so you can do 12 or 10 or 6 or whatever you’d like but it would be by 6′ wide. Maybe you can put two next to each other though since they’re so textured (even stitching them together with fishing wire or something) that it would look pretty darn seamless. Hope it helps!


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