While “natural fiber” rugs are readily available, the way they are marketed can be misleading! Though they are called “natural”, there is no guarantee that they are free of harmful chemicals. You may think that buying a wool or cotton rug means that the rug is all natural. However, the raw materials in conventional rugs are processed with harmful chemicals and the yarn in the rugs is most often dyed with chemicals, making them far from being organic and safe for your family.
When shopping for true organic rugs, keep the following in mind...
Rug materials: Choose organic and avoid synthetic materials like polyester and polypropylene.
Rug backing. If the rug has a backing, look for natural backing and non-toxic glue.
Dyes. Avoid synthetic dyes.
Finishes. Avoid rugs with added coatings such as “waterproof” and “stain resistant” and "flame retardant", which are often made of chemicals which can off-gas.
Certified organic rugs are guaranteed to be free of harmful chemical additives found in conventional "natural" rugs.
Happy safe & healthy rug shopping!