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I have a big front room in this flat I am in currently, and it has acres of brown carpet. I had the carpet cleaned by a local company as there was a large coffee stain, and it mostly went, but there are still light patches in places. I needed to have a rug to make the carpet look more soft and comfortable when I moved in, not just to cover up the patches. I like to sit on the floor to read and just while I'm spreading out papers and stuff, my carpet is quite thin, so a mat or rug is essential really. I do put the sofa cushions on the floor, but don't always feel like pulling them about. USAGE This rug is used mainly to protect the carpet, as the carpet is light brown and when I walk the whole length of the room with a full cup of tea it only takes one drop of tea to stain the carpet. Then it seems to get worse, so a rug or mat is needed to cover this 'danger area'. This Grey IKEA Gisley rug has a very modern looking daisy flower swirly pattern. It is 133 cm wide and 195 cm long which covers a large area at the end of my front room. This rug is thick enough to make a difference to walking on and sitting on that you feel more comfortable, it is soft and at only £20 good value as it covers a wide area. It has lasted over 2 years and is easy to clean, as it is grey, so stains or marks can be dabbed with a cloth. I use some washing powder on a cloth, although this sometimes leaves a light area which is why I bought the rug in the first place. Overall very good value, soft, big and comfortable and will match most colour schemes.
I've recently moved house and find myself with a lovely big bedroom with wooden floors and white walls. It's all rather minimalist - but very stylish too! But I did want a rug for the floor, especially in the winter months with the wooden floor can feel a little cold underfoot - especially first thing in the morning. Brrrr! I felt I had two options. One was to opt for something really bright and colourful to brighten up the room, and the second option was to stick with the minimalist theme and go for something more neutral. And as you can see from the picture above, I plumped for option two. I was sure that if I bought a brighter rug I would soon get sick of it, so I've decided to add a splash of colour to my room with pictures instead. Another important factor for me was the price, and this is where the rug really stood out! Under £20 for a rug of this size (195cm x 133cm) is fantastic. The rug came rolled up in plastic, so we did have to place some heavy books on the corners to help straighten it out. Not a big problem though. The main colour is a mid-toned grey, with a bold outline of leaves and flowers depicted in white. It's quite a modern design and it really suits our minimalist room. It's striking looking and goes perfectly with our white walls and wooden floors - yet it does make the room cosier too. The rug feels nice and soft underfoot and really very good quality for the low price. It does the job we wanted it to perfectly and we're very happy with the purchase. However, I wouldn't' recommend this rug for a room where there will be a lot of footfall as I'm not sure if it would stand the test of time. But for a bedroom it is really a great buy.
As any regular readers of my reviews will know, my partner has just moved house. When he moved in there wasn't a great deal of furniture and coming from a shared house, he didnt own a lot himself. Therefore, he needed some good quality furniture and things for the home but he couldn't afford to spend hundreds. So we decided a trip to Ikea was in order, we had never visited an Ikea before but we had heard great things about it. One of the things on the list was a rug. We knew we needed a rug as the floor is made of stone and this can leave the main living area quite cold. As soon as we walked into the rug section in Ikea, I knew exactly which rug I wanted to get. I thought the Gislev rug may have been out of our price range as it looked like such a nice rug - good quality and a lovely design so I was over the moon when we saw it was priced at just £19.99. Even my partner was happy with that so we popped one in the trolley! The rug is 195cm by 133cm in size so it is quite big. The picture above is exactly what the rug looks like. It is a dark grey in colour, with white flowers on it. Although it has flowers on it, my partner doesn't seem to mind, I think the grey colour makes up for it! The rug is quite thin however it is still quite cushiony and soft, my niece sits on it happily when she visits and doesn't complain the floor is too hard. So the rug came rolled up, when we unpacked it we simply rolled it back on itself to make it flat. For the first couple of days one of the corners kept coming up but since then it has been fine and has remained nice and flat. My favourite thing about this rug is how soft it is! You would never guess that it cost less than £20. It is so soft under foot, it feels really luxurious and lovely on bare feet. The rug is easy to keep clean. I have had rugs in the past which have needed hoovering every day otherwise they look filthy but this one can go a good few days without needing to be hoovered. We have the rug in our dining/living area so it quite often has bits and bobs dropped on it. The other day my partner dropped pasta sauce on it (!) and it wiped off really easily with a piece of kitchen roll and has not left a mark (thank god, or he would have been in trouble!) We have had this rug a couple of months now and it looks good as new. I am very proud of my rug, I love the design and I also love the fact that visitors comment on how nice it is and how much more homely it makes the cottage look. It is a bargain price and if this one somehow gets ruined (you never know with my partner), I will be straight back to Ikea to buy another one.