One of our suppliers, that I only just found 3 weeks before the Devon Fall Classic, is a Swedish company called Pappelina. They weave indoor/outdoor carpets of colored plastic ribbons on a loom in Sweden. Now, plastic rugs like these are common in Nordic countries and not what Americans are used to experiencing . When the rugs came in a day or two before Debut 1, my Swedish husband said, “ These are just like ones my Mormor (maternal grandmother) made for the summer house. They last for years!” I’ll take that as a good recommendation. These rugs are soft, pliable and beautiful. Most come in runner sizes that are 28 inches wide and 20 to 180 inches long to fit any hall, deck , laundry, mud room, kitchen, doorway or, as expressed at Dressage at Devon, “They would be GREAT in a tack room!”. Pappelina also has room-sized carpets, ranging from 56”x80” to 72”x104”. How wonderful for your deck, patio, deck, sunroom (again a tack room), and they come in many different styles and colors to fit any décor. When they get dirty or dusty just drag them outside, hose them off and let dry in the sun. If something like ketchup spills on a rug, wipe the excess up quickly and rinse with a hose as soon as your schedule will allow. Some things, like ketchup, will just stain everything, but with prompt care your carpet will stay looking like new.
Be sure to check out these rugs on our website, just search for ‘Pappelina’ at the top of the page. There are only a few styles listed at this time so if you are looking something specific or would like to shop the whole catalog, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work together to find the perfect match for your home.
Now a word about plastic: it is the reason that Pappelina rugs are so successful. The colors stay true since the ribbons are the color. The design is not printed on top. Due to the weaving process this also means the rugs are reversible! Depending on the pattern you choose, the reverse image may be like a negative on film (for those who remember film). For example: a black field with a white star flips to a white field with a black star. Great if company is coming and you don’t have time to clean it, just flip it over for a refreshing change! Plastic also means easy to clean. Most of the time you will only need to hose it off and let dry in the sun. If your carpet is REALLY dirty, shake or hose off the excess and put in the washer. Yes, that’s right! These can go in your washing machine in cold water. (Note- do NOT put in the dryer) Most runners and small rugs will be fine in our big American washers when concerned with volume and weight. My humble opinion is, that if you want to wash a large room rug or very long runner- look for a commercial drum at a Laundromat. There is more specific information in their catalog.
For those concerned about recycling and using recycled materials- Pappelina only uses ‘fresh’ plastic. Pappelina states, “We use nothing but Swedish manufactured, environmentally certified plastic that meets the requirements by REACH.” Additionally, “our rugs do not contain hazardous metals or hazardous softeners. Our products have long life and also require minimal maintenance.”
I used to work in a factory that made plastic bottles when recycling was becoming popular. One of the things I learned was that plastic is not recyclable like glass, metal or even paper. There is a reason we do not see much, if any, products made from 100% recycled plastic. It does not return to its original form and is weaker with every recycle; if you melt glass it will purify and can be reused with any degradation. If I remember correctly, that company could only use up to 10% recycled plastic in any bottle or jar or it would begin to fall apart in a short time. That was a couple of decades ago and improvements have been made in the recycling process, but your most durable, cleanable and versatile indoor/outdoor carpet should be woven from ‘fresh’ plastic. That being said… when you are done with your carpet, if you did manage to wear it out 10-20 years from now, it is, of course, 100% recyclable.
Keep in mind that images and catalog pictures cannot produce a perfect representation of colors. If you are in the Philadelphia area we will be happy to meet with you and show you color swatches or you can send us a paint chip or fabric swatch for see how their colors will match/compliment or contrast to meet your needs.
I hope you have fun exploring this great product and finding the perfect place for one in your home or office.