On every design project I do, my clients challenge me to learn something new or see things through a new perspective to understand their lives and comfort zones. I recently worked with a family that is allergic to wool and wanted an alternative fabric for rugs. I did a lot of research on different fibers and styles available, as well as cost options. One of the things I love most about working in residential design is getting to know the families I work with well enough to incorporate items that will be meaningful and make them comfortable.
While wool rugs are the old school standard, there are so many new options to love in every price point and style.
Bamboo Silk
I’m in love with bamboo silk! I’ve really never experienced rugs so soft and lovely. The bamboo fibers have an elegant sheen. I also love that they are so sustainable and
eco friendly. Why are we not doing more with bamboo!!


Cotton rugs are a long-running classic. Lightweight and easy to wash, they are usually very budget friendly as well.

This classic stripe has long been a favorite
of mine to add a splash of color to a
This man-made fiber was originally used for indoor-outdoor styles but has been refined in recent years to have the look and feel of silk at a fraction of the price. Bonus: it’s also easy to clean!
This beautiful rug from Birch Lane is soft underfoot and cleans really well. Bonus: Wayfair ships to the Virgin Islands!
Natural Fibers
Natural fiber rugs including seagrass, sisal and jute are hard-working and durable.
There have been some really lovely mixes lately. I’m very partial to the jute/chenille mix; it adds fantastic texture to a room.
Reclaimed Fibers
Looking for an eco-friendly way to incorporate wool alternatives into your home? I’m in love with these rugs made from reclaimed sari silk. The colors are amazing and I love to find beautiful items that are repurposed!

About Lagnappe Custom Interiors

Lagnappe Custom Interiors is a full-service interior design firm specializing in bringing the small niceties to a home or commercial space that make it memorable, functional and yours. Based out of St. Thomas, Lagnappe [LAN-YAP] is led by Tiffany Cassidy who enjoys working with clients to create a home that reflects their style and needs. Tiffany marries her artistic and scientific sides together to bring the residents of the Virgin Islands and continental U.S. an interior decorating service that manages the complex and turns it into beauty. Her goal is to not only make a home prettier, but in doing so, make your life better. Visit www.Lagnappe.com for more information.

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