With a helping hand from my anxiety induced dog, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying/abhorring an exotic sampling of rugs.

I’ve had rugs fray, unravel, molt, shed, stain, smell, and the list goes on. I’ve done the “can you clean wine out of this?” test on rugs more times than I’d like to remember, and “can you clean pee out of this?” even more than that.

What are the qualities I look for in a rug after all of these trials and tribulations? It’s pretty simple, actually:

  • Look good
  • Be easy to clean
  • Stay looking good

The Capstone Rug from West Elm hits all of these points for me. I placed it in a low traffic area because I was really frightened that once it got dirt on it it was done for, and at a regular price point of $549 (for the 6’x9′ I bought) I wasn’t looking forward to that happening any time soon. And for a while, things went really well. The dogs (yes, I have more than one) generally didn’t go near the rug, I kept my glasses of wine on close watch. This rug is also waaayyy softer than I expected it to be, and so I spent plenty barefoot nights simply thinking “wow, what a nice rug”.

Then of course the fateful day came where my dogs decided to come trampling through the door with mud ridden paws and make a bee-line for my Capstone Rug. Queue the slow-mo “Noooooooooo”, and there was nothing I could do.

I had a rug prior to this which at any sign of cleaning the wool would swell up and never return to shape, and so dirt meant ruined rug area. As I took a rag with some warm water to the Capstone Rug I considered it a goner and began trying to convince myself “it’s fine, it’s not ruined, it’s just a small area”.

Long story short: Dirt came out, rug was fine, I’ve had way worse accidents since and it stands up to cleaning (even rigorous cleaning). It vacuums easily. It looks as good as the day it came home. It’s a dream rug. I’m not even careful with my wine anymore.

Bonus points: My robot vacuum has no issues with it either.

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