I'm looking for advice on shag rugs. Best material? (I'm leaning towards cotton, for the baby) Good manufacturer? Easiest to clean?
Your best bet for a shag is actually something made of a synthetic material-nylon (in a lighter color, darker nylon fades faster) or polypropylene. They're going to be the most stain resistant to the things you'll probably have to worry about-juice, snacks etc. Two good sources for well-priced and attractive rugs are overstock.com and rugsdirect.com. Check retailmenot.com for coupon codes for the rugs direct site. If you decide to go the carpet tile route (now or whenever), flor.com has options.
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