The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - UPDATE - With edi­tor Robyn Wil­lis robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au

The pat­tern of keep­ing clean

I don’t un­der­stand peo­ple who don’t like us­ing pat­tern, es­pe­cially on their floors.

I mean, I ap­pre­ci­ate that there’s so much choice that it can be dif­fi­cult to make a de­ci­sion but a pat­terned floor — or rug — is a gift for any­one try­ing to keep their house look­ing good.

I re­cently saw a story on a fam­ily house which was wall-to-wall white, in­clud­ing the floors. At the end of the story, there was a fam­ily por­trait with ev­ery­one dressed in ... white.

I don’t know about you, but an all­white floor would last about half an hour at my house, un­less I was ready to stand with a mop at at­ten­tion pre­pared to bark at any­one who put so much as a dirty toe on the floor.

Pets would ob­vi­ously be ban­ished (it's very dif­fi­cult to get them to wipe their paws when they come in), along with any­one un­will­ing to go sans shoes.

Like so many of us, I dis­cov­ered the won­ders of pat­terned floors by ac­ci­dent af­ter buy­ing a small Per­sian rug.

The colours were a mix of navy and crim­son with a little cream and brown for good mea­sure. Made purely from wool, it ended up on our small liv­ing room floor where it was the ideal spot to put my baby down to play.

But ba­bies have a habit of mov­ing about and that rug took such a beat­ing that when I even­tu­ally sent it out for clean­ing and the con­trac­tor asked what stains to treat it for, I re­sponded ‘what have you got?’

That’s go­ing back some years now, and that rug is still look­ing good. Al­though it still gets cleaned reg­u­larly, there are a few stains — but you have to look re­ally hard to see them in the colour­ful de­sign. In­deed, those small marks are a re­minder of what that rug has wit­nessed and what we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced as a fam­ily.

You’re not go­ing to get that from a white floor.

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