carpet tiles are a completely different beast than traditional rugs. i have no idea how i'm going to decide which to use, but i thought i'd make a pros and cons list for starters and then open it up for conversation.
so here's the big question: would you use flor tiles instead of a traditional rug? why or why not?
-FLOR is made with renewable and recycled content and is recyclable. and FLOR is also an amazingly green company. they reduce their carbon footprint in every area- from packaging and shipping, to their dyes, to using pre- and post-consumer recycled material. awesome.
-along that vein...they'll recycle your old flor tiles - and even pay for the postage!
-these tiles are super kid-friendly - they're amazingly stain- and moisture-resistant and if you get a stain that you can't get out, all you have to do is swap the single tile - not the entire rug.
-i can customize the color and pattern that i want. and i can rearrange the pattern whenever i want to change it up.
-whereas i can find highly discounted rugs, FLOR carpet tiles seem to have a price floor (haha, punny...) of about $12 per 20" tile. that means for a 5x8 rug i'll need about 15 tiles and it'll be about $180. ok, after calculating it out...that's actually not a bad price. put this one in the pro pile. i guess the con would be that the prices go up from there. they can be upwards of $40/tile.
-yes, they have lots of options, but let's be honest...in the world of floor coverings, i can find waaaay more options if i look at traditional rugs. since i've got a lot of straight lines and geometrics going on with my artwork, sofa, and table, i was hoping to bring in some softness through a pattern with some curve to it on the rug. FLOR does offer some patterns, but most of them are graphic and linear. cool if i hadn't already bought my artwork and sofa. i'm just not sure i'll find the pattern that fits just right.
i seem to have made a pretty convincing argument for carpet tiles. any other pros or cons you can think of? any other reasons i've overlooked?
here are the 4 FLOR designs i would consider if we decide to go this route. which one would you pick?