Washable Rugs from Lorena Canals: Naturally Dyed and So Soft and Cozy

eld-inlet-picnic-1

It was the perfect day for a picnic; and my Lorena Canals all-cotton rug in the Diamonds pattern had just arrived. I took it down to the water and unrolled it. That’s Eld Inlet in the background, one of the “arms” of Washington’s Puget Sound that reaches into the land with tidal insistence. Made with natural dyes and just incredibly soft, the rug didn’t stink like chemicals and I could use it right away.

It’s also washable—in a regular (well, it needs to be big enough) washing machine. And yes, I washed it (later on, after I had used it awhile), and it came out beautifully; my only issue was that the fringe on the ends got tangled, and it took a little time to sort them out again. But it’s a beautifully handmade rug, so it was worth it.

josephine-eld-inlet

My cat Josephine, who was on the pier turned around to watch me, wondering what her crazy human was up to today!

eld-inlet-picnic-3

As the tide came in, I arranged the rug right on the bulkhead above the waves….and poured some dark red wine.

eld-inlet-mount-rainier

Across the water from me, Mount Rainier was putting on a delightful show in the sunset light.

eld-inlet-reading

I read for awhile in the fading light.

 

eld-inlet-starre-relax

When it got too dark to read, I lit my beeswax candle and enjoyed a glass of red wine, marveling at how soft the rug beneath me was. It was thick but flexible, like a very heavy blanket, and I wanted to roll myself up in it as it got chilly. But then the Washington Pinot Noir I was drinking kicked in and I was aglow from within.

eld-inlet-birds-overhead

Above, birds flew across the Inlet, seeking a place to rest for the night.

eld-inlet-starre-out-of-focus

Sometimes it’s time well-spent to watch the summer light slowly fade.

eld-inlet-picnic-sunset

I was suitably rewarded for my patience, with an incredible dose of lavender and pink right before it got dark.

eld-inlet-moon-over

And soon the moon rose and it was time for a late dinner. I contemplated using my washed rug as a winter blanket for my bed….hmmmm….

Disclosure: I received this Lorena Canals rug to review for free. I only do a post (and a time-consuming photo shoot!) on products like this that I absolutely adore. This rug is going to be in my life for a very long time and when I move again, I’ll be buying one of the Lorena Canals runners, which are too cool. 

About Starre Vartan
Starre Vartan is editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*