Take a Step in My Shoes: Bamboo & Tikis Organic Rug Review (+ Giveaway)

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I’ve always loved the look and idea of a bamboo rug, but I’ve always been cautious about whether it would be practical in an active home environment and whether it would be comfortable to walk on. I’m not talking about bamboo that has been chemically processed down to a soft, cushy fiber, but rugs made of bamboo slats that are much closer to their natural state. Thanks to BambooandTikis.com, I got a chance to test out whether this type of rug is really practical, and whether it would really work with my decor or make it look like a sad attempt at an Asian theme.

I’m happy to report that I had no problems integrating the rug with the rest of my decor. In fact, it is so neutral that I could literally put it in any room and it would be happily at home there. For now, it resides in my bedroom, partially to add style to our somewhat boring space, but also to hide some stains on the carpet underneath it. That’s what I call working double time :) While the rug does add a distinctly Asian flair to our room, it does so with subtlety, so it doesn’t reek of a themed design.

And in terms of comfort, I love it. It makes me feel like, just for a few steps, I’m living with a beautiful bamboo floor instead of a dingy old carpet that needs to be torn out. So until we’re able to replace all the carpet with luxurious bamboo or sustainable hardwood flooring, I wouldn’t mind having a couple more of these around to give me the same sense of luxury without the price.

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of 100% organic Moso bamboo. (Note: Bamboo naturally grows without pesticides, but as the material becomes more popular, many growers are beginning to use pesticides to increase profitability. These rugs use organic bamboo that is allowed to reach maturity before it is harvested)

Price: $15.99-94.99

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WANT TO WIN?

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One reader has a chance to win their own 36″ x 48″ (or 3′ x 4′) bamboo rug. So how do you win? Visit BambooandTikis.com, then come back here and leave a comment about something you liked or learned. It could be a product or something you learned about the company. Do this by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, June 5, 2009, to enter.

Want to enter more than once? Boost your chances of winning by completing one or more of the tasks on this list. Please leave a separate comment for each entry:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up for Green Your Decor’s email updates by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, June 5, 2009. You must verify your email subscription to be eligible. After you sign up, FeedBurner will send you a verification email. Please do not ignore it — your entry will be invalid if you do not verify. From now on, subscribers will no longer be entered automatically. This will help me avoid choosing a winner who is a subscriber, but who doesn’t necessarily want a specific prize. If you are an email subscriber and you want to be entered, please leave a comment saying that you are an email subscriber and interested in this giveaway. Subscribers will not be entered automatically. You must leave a comment saying that you are a subscriber in order to enter.
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You have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2009, to enter. U.S. mailing addresses only! A winner will be chosen via Random.org and contacted via email. Good luck everyone!

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  • Ali May 29, 2009, 11:55 am

    I really like all of their bamboo rugs and also their buddha heads. I think one of the head statues would look nice outside.

    I stumbled across this site and giveaway as we just found out one of our room’s wall-wall capreting has lead in it. We don’t know if we want to rip it up and create lead dust (our 12 month old recently tested high for blood lead levels!), but it was also suggested that we put down some sort of area rug or covering. This bamboo rug would be great to do so. We try to live a “Green” lifestyle and definitely work to green our decor.

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  • Patti May 29, 2009, 1:07 pm

    Everything on the site reminds me of our recent trip to Hawaii. I’d loved the rug. The Lauhala Matting Wide Weave rugs are really neat too!

  • Patti May 29, 2009, 1:08 pm

    I’m an RSS subscriber.

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  • Condo Blues May 29, 2009, 2:55 pm

    I learned that a thatched roof withstands high winds much better than a metal or canvas patio umbrella.

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  • Condo Blues May 29, 2009, 2:56 pm

    I signed up for your RSS feed.

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  • Amy Brewer May 29, 2009, 4:12 pm

    I really love the Tiki Bench with Hardwood Back and Seat. so beautiful.

  • Amy Brewer May 29, 2009, 4:13 pm

    I am an email subscriber

  • Kelly Rae May 29, 2009, 4:26 pm

    I am a subscriber and would like to enter! Thank you.

  • Marisa M May 29, 2009, 5:15 pm

    I am an email subscriber. Thanks!

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  • sheila k. May 29, 2009, 5:30 pm

    I love bamboo flooring and have since my early 20s when I visited a home with it that was done in Asian motif. The bamboo fencing on the website caught my eye, as well as the bamboo barstools. This company has a great selection of items in glorious bamboo.

  • Peggy Gorman May 29, 2009, 5:34 pm

    I would love a room that has the island theme .having the Tiki Bar. Its so neat and I love it! The matching are fantastic! I love these rugs,I have never seen anything like it.
    Thanks
    matternu@aol.com

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  • Peggy Gorman May 29, 2009, 5:35 pm

    email subscriber
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  • Peggy Gorman May 29, 2009, 5:36 pm

    stumbled
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  • Stephanie V May 29, 2009, 6:17 pm

    From our 65,000 square foot facility, we are the largest provider of outdoor and backyard related products in the western United States. I love how honest they are in the about us section – straightforward – to the point.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • Stephanie V May 29, 2009, 6:18 pm

    I subscribe as well
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • Ronnie May 30, 2009, 6:11 am

    I like their plans to build a bamboo privacy screen.

  • judy brittle May 30, 2009, 8:28 am

    I would love to have the Natural Rolled Bamboo Fence 6 feet high to make a beautiful privacy fence. I have always wanted one and this would be really beautiful. Thank you!

  • judy brittle May 30, 2009, 8:29 am

    I’m an email subscriber,

  • judy brittle May 30, 2009, 8:29 am
  • Vicki Wurgler May 30, 2009, 11:27 am

    I like the Thatch and Umbrella Kits

  • Kimberly June 1, 2009, 5:23 am

    I love the Tiki Barstool with Leather Seat. Love that face!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kimberly June 1, 2009, 5:24 am

    I subscribe!

  • Caroline June 1, 2009, 7:38 pm

    I really like the rolled bamboo fencing, it adds a real topical feeling to the backyard.

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  • Kelly Fuchs June 2, 2009, 1:50 pm

    I hadn’t realized there were so many bamboo products available! I can see decorating my future home with this decor. It will go along nicely with Jimmy Buffet in the background.

  • Jeet June 2, 2009, 2:30 pm

    Palapas are authentic rustic tropical palm thatch structures.

  • Amanda June 2, 2009, 3:47 pm

    the bamboo fencing caught my eye! my husband & i close on our new home at the end of june. one of the things we will have to do in our home is put up a fence…we’ve thought about bamboo floors & cabinets but not a fence..until now, that is!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kristi June 2, 2009, 4:46 pm

    They have alot of lovely products and I really like the Tiki Bench with Hardwood Back and Seat. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Kristi June 2, 2009, 4:48 pm

    email subscriber :)

  • Staci A June 2, 2009, 5:36 pm

    I love the Bamboo Barstools too! They have such unique products!

  • Staci A June 2, 2009, 5:37 pm

    I subscribe to your feed.

  • Staci A June 2, 2009, 5:39 pm

    And I faved you on Technorati-MommaStaciA.

  • Helen June 3, 2009, 9:35 am

    I love the bamboo fencing, especially in the darker mahogany color.

  • CMC June 3, 2009, 10:41 am

    I learned that their tikis are hand carved from coco palms with attention to detail!

  • CMC June 3, 2009, 10:41 am

    I’m a subscriber!

  • Jenny June 3, 2009, 11:17 am

    Added your feed to my google reader. And would love to be considered for the giveaway.

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  • Jenny June 3, 2009, 11:20 am

    Email confirmation confirmed. And love the bamboo rug giveaway.

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  • Mary Ann June 3, 2009, 11:21 am

    I love the bamboo rugs and barstools!!! Perfect for my home. :)

  • Jenny June 3, 2009, 11:27 am
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  • Peter June 4, 2009, 8:13 am

    I liked the Tiki statues, especially the 60″ Coco Palm Lucky Tiki Statue. Thanks.

  • Peter June 4, 2009, 8:13 am

    I am a subscriber.

  • Justin June 4, 2009, 11:16 am

    Bamboo, bamboo, bamboo – Baaaaamboooo!! I just like saying the name. From the site I learned how confident this Company is in their products and all the things you can do with BAMBOO.

  • Dan June 4, 2009, 12:07 pm

    I like the bamboo fence

  • Quintin June 4, 2009, 5:34 pm

    I like that the rug works on different types of flooring

  • Quintin June 4, 2009, 5:35 pm

    I subscribed for email updates

  • Ianny June 15, 2009, 8:00 pm

    Bamboo flooring like this will go perfectly well with ikebana (uniquely Japanese floral arrangement), a futon piece or two, and a grand Hokusai art print.

  • Marta March 20, 2011, 6:06 pm

    Bamboo rugs can also work outdoors, they are pretty durable. I am looking to buy one for my house, but I am slightly worried that it might not fit in with my very traditional decor. Although I am pretty excited to try it out.

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