So, a couple of years ago, I bought a Tarnby rug from Ikea. It's one of those natural fibre dealies -- 100% jute -- and supposedly hand-woven. Only $150. Not bad, eh? It looked great, at first. You've seen photos of it in my guest room, which I've been talking about a lot on the blog of late, so I won't repost those photos. I'll find some other photos of it looking great.

Pretty, ain't it? 
Yeah, it's pretty. It's also horrible.

Pardon my not-French, but I fucking hate this rug. There are so many problems with it. I have heard that others have had similar problems, so I know it's not just me. At the same time, I know some people who are happy with it. I just don't get it. 

Here's a list of just a handful of the problems I've experienced with the Tarnby jute rug:

1. It sheds dirt, constantly. I knew this would happen to some extent -- the natural jute would disintegrate a bit. But I also thought regular care and cleaning would solve the problem. ... Regular care and cleaning did NOT solve the problem. Sandy, filthy dirt accumulates in piles under and around the rug constantly. And moving ALL the furniture in order to get under the damn thing is frustrating to say the least.

2. Speaking of being under the furniture, even if you use protective pads, furniture legs ruin this rug, leaving massive dents that won't come out, holes, etc.  The Tarnby is NOT hardwearing. Walking on it wears it out/down very quickly, too.

3. I'm sorry to say that this rug may damage your floor. Reports online talk of permanently scarred hardwood AND laminate. WTF? What kind of lightweight, natural-fibre rig leaves permanent marks on hardwood!? I've never heard of such a thing. Nonetheless, a lot of people are talking about it. (Sidenote: I don't really trust the racist garbage-humans on that particular thread, though, since some of them are talking about fear of dirt "from a third world country." One is even afraid that foreign dirt might be carcinogenic. These people are being xenophobic ... about Ikea rugs. Psychos.) 

4. The rug attracts bugs. This is embarrassing to admit, but I really don't feel it's my fault. I clean! I have disinfected. I have tried everything. But every damn time I lift this thing to attack the latest sand/dirt/dust deposit, I find myself face to face with larvae. Yep. Worms. Not a lot of them -- just a few each time. They. Won't. Go. Away. I think they are rug beetle larvae. They are disgusting. WHERE are they coming from? They are nowhere else in the house. The other rugs are fine. (I was going to post a picture, but I don't want to traumatize anyone. Pray, do not Google these things. You will be sorry.) 

5. Did I mention the dirt? The massive piles of dirt?
I threw away the Tarnby several days ago. I cleaned out the room, deep cleaned the floor, and lo and behold, everything seems better now. This rug was the source of all evil in my house. I'm convinced of it.

 Even at a measly $150, it's overpriced, in my opinion. I have always loved Ikea. It has never failed me so spectacularly in the past. That general love remains, but this rug was a nightmare. Thought I'd better warn you.

(And if you have this rug and have NOT had any problems with it, I'd love to hear from you too. Where do you live? What is your space like? What sort of magic do you use?)

P.S. I lied about not posting a gross picture. Here's one I sourced online, featuring some very lovely larvae. (Shudder.) 

03/21/2014 7:02am

I have this rug, and I hate it! I thought I was dirty, but after a bit of reading, now I know it's not me.

The massive piles of sand and dirt OMG.. I vacuum because I have three cats, but it doesn't help. Vacuuming it twice, then rolling it up and vacuuming under it. I roll it back to it's place, and while it's moving sand continues raining from it! Under it, it's like a sea shore again! I live on the third floor, I don't know where all this sand is coming from. I leave my shoes in front of my door, I cannot bring in this amount of dirt! My cats are also indoors only. I don't know where is this coming from seriously.

It sheds as well. My cats are always covered in this jute. And my apartment too.

This rug causes massive dirt in the apartment. I have never seen anything like this before.

I picked this rug, because it looks pretty, and it's good for the cats, they love to scratch it, and it's not visible on it at all.

But I regret buying it. I threw it to the balcony last week, because I started the "spring cleaning". Then I was lazy to bring it back, and I love to be without it so much cleaner.

It did left it's mark on my laminate, but I was able to clean it fortunately, because this is a very durable laminate here, it's hard to scratch.

I won't ever use this rug again. It's pity, but this rug is a real nightmare.

04/16/2014 7:02pm

I am officially freaked out!!!
OMG OMG I am freaked!

08/11/2014 9:29am

Thank you!
Thank you for posting this!
I have been searching for a rug like this for a while... because I think it would go with the decor I have going.
After this- No Way!
Do you have any alternative suggestions?


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