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Le Poeme Indoor/Outdoor Rug

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Le Poeme Indoor/Outdoor Rug is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 113.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poetry rug I bought this rug in the small size and in the small size, there really aren't any full words, just parts of words -- so the poem is a bit overwhelming for the rug. I'm sure that would not be the case in any of the larger sizes. Also,in the photo, it looks off-white under the letters when actually it is quite brown.
Date published: 2011-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit disappointed I LOVE this rug in the pictures. By the end of the first week installing it, the rug began to fray in some areas. I had not even vacuumed it. Since then, I have vacuumed it twice (two month period but we do not wear shoes on the rug). The fraying has become much worse but only in spots. I am working with BD now to replace the rug. I think I will go with the smaller version to avoid the need to vacuum more often (I am uncomfortable going more than a week between vacuums but have had to due to the fraying problem). Fingers crossed for a better experience with the new rug. Typically, BD has awesome products. Wish me luck~
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty rug...for the first few days I was so excited to receive this rug as the design went perfectly with our Parisian-themed kitchen nook. However, after only a week or so, it started to show wear. As others have noted, the loops began to pull up and the fibers on the "words" part of it began pulling up and made the whole rug look furry (and not in a cute kitten sort of way)! Now, after only a couple of months, I am tired of getting on my hands and knees to trim it with a pair of scissors (which doesn't really help) and we are already looking to replace it as it looks very worn. We have only had it in a protected indoor space, can't imagine it outdoors.
Date published: 2012-04-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't look like its photo. I want to love this rug, but I can't because its photo doesn't depict the actual blotchy brown and cream backgroundl. It looks beautiful in the picture, but unfortunately the mixy colored background is very unattractive.
Date published: 2012-02-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from nice design but poor quality The design of this rug is lovely but after a few weeks of use it has started to get really fussy and loops are popping up. It already looks worn. I'm disappointed with the durability of it.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The small rug doesn't show much Because I purchased the small rug the writing is still large and therefore you don't even get full words on it. there is no way you can tell there is any French theme. very disappointed. the quality is that of a mediocre outdoor rug
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Small size cannot capture concept I purchased smallest, doormat size. Writing is so large that there are no full words so the "elegant poem" was lost completely. One would only know what it was meant to be with explanation. I bought the rug as a compliment to a gift of a book of writings by Fontaine for my french speaking father. In hindsight, would not have bothered.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unfortunately disappointed... I have to say I LOVE the rug design and colors, but I'm so disappointed in the quality. Within one week the rug looked dirty, and I haven't found a way to clean it to make it look new again. The instructions for the rug say to not clean it with a regular vacuum - to only use a upholstery attachment. I just can't believe that is reasonable for anyone with children and pets, or even without. Who has time to clean a rug that way? Now that I've had the rug for a month or so, it looks very beaten up, and has big fluffs coming off the edges of the rug. We use it as a runner in our kitchen, so it is a high traffic area. My hopes were to love this rug and then buy the bigger size for our kitchen-living area. Sadly, I just can't bring myself to do it. I'll have to look elsewhere for a rug with this fantastic design.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pretty, but NOT durable...at all. I specifically ordered this rug because it was "durable enough for outdoor living." I ordered 2 runners and a 3X5 rug for my kitchen. The runners are placed in our mudroom and in front of a slider to our deck and the 3X5 in front of our stove. The rugs are lovely, however, within a day they started to pull! You cannot even vacuum them without using the fabric attachment. It is incredibly misleading that it's labeled for indoor outdoor use because it's absolutely NOT! As a matter of fact, you could never place a kitchen table w/chairs over these rugs because sliding the chair would completely destroy them. Definitely NOT worth the money for a high traffic area. Very disappointed in the quality.
Date published: 2012-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed... I bought this rug for our living room, hoping that an "indoor/outdoor" rug would hold up better to normal wear and tear of a family living area. I had previously had an expensive wool rug, but it stained easily and was very costly to have cleaned, so this option seemed ideal. It was lovely when it first arrived, but literally days after putting it down, I began to see large wads of the fibers piling up on areas where we walked. I thought that maybe it had to have an initial "shed" and that it would get better over time, but it has only continued to get worse. I love Ballard, but the quality of this rug is far worse than even some I have had from discount/big box stores. This purchase definitely left me a little bitter and upset that Ballard would sell this item as an durable enough to hold up outdoors, when it can't even withstand light foot traffic for more than a few day. If the shipping for such an over-sized item wasn't a nightmare, and I thought that they would except it as a return after the first month, I would have sent it back in a heartbeat. Do not purchase this rug!
Date published: 2012-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Go There.... This is a gorgeous rug, but after two weeks on the floor, it started fraying and getting loose threads. Absolutely not worth the price unless you aren't going to walk on it.
Date published: 2012-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from snags readily and shows unbelievable wear after 1 week. This rug is pretty, but it snags and has shown terrible wear after 1 week. It was under my coffee table and is all fuzzy where our feet would go. Shoes are not allowed in my living room; this rug should not be showing this kind of wear after this amount of time. I will be returning it.
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't order the 2x3 sized rug. BUY the biggest available and you'll have a 5star item. Then you will be able to see and relate to the writing on the rug. Ballard simply cut up the 9x12 rug into 2x3 sizes and that's what is wrong with this rug. Words don't make sense since they are cut up into babbling letters. Silly me. I thought the wording would just be made smaller to accommodate the words. Nope.
Date published: 2012-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This product is poor quality I'm not sure you want to hear from me as I found this rug to be very poor quality. It's been in my living room for 2 months and it is fraying and looks horrible. I'm so disappointed because I felt the cost was fair and I expected more from Ballard.
Date published: 2011-03-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unravelling, shredding, poorly made I've had this rug for around 2 months and I'm extremely disappointed with it, especially given all the positive reviews. I don't live in a high traffic apartment as I'm never home. For an "indoor/outdoor" rug, the durability is shockingly bad. Within the first week, it was fraying around the edges and I had to take scissors to try to trim the massive amount of fuzz that was sticking up on the edges. Now, large chunks of thread are coming out in clumps all over the rug and especially on the sides. It looks worn and everytime I vacuum I have to avoid the rug because the threads get caught in the vacuum and wrap around the rollers. Some of the loops have come undone, so I have 2 inch large pieces of thread where it has come "unhooked" just hanging out all over the rug. Overall, this is not a particularly "cheap" rug, and so for the price, I expected MUCH better and I really don't think this piece will last much longer. Just a side note, the "background" is much more yellow/brown/tan than it appears in the pictures on the website and catalogue. I was expecting more off-white.
Date published: 2011-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Poor Quality I read the reviews and thought maybe I should not purchase this rug, but it was just so beautiful and exactly what I was looking for. Big Mistake!! The rug looked awful in four months. It snags easily, the quality is poor and I couldn't imagine putting it outdoors! One year later and I am buying a different rug to replace this one. Big waste of money!!
Date published: 2013-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This rug looks great but is poor quality I purchased this rug for my kitchen. I ordered it in black and the writing on the rug looks faded (almost gray) if the pile is not going a certain way. Also, I should have known there would be an issue when the instructions tell you not to vacuum with roller brushes on (which I have never done). The rug pills and has snags and looks several years old instead of several months. It is of poor quality and I can't imagine how it would ever hold up as an outdoor rug when it can't even do the job in my kitchen. Very disappointed!!!
Date published: 2012-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from LE POEME RUG AFTER MONTHS OF LOOKING AT THIS RUG, I BOUGHT IT. I PUT IT IN MY ENTRY HALL AND AFTER JUST A WEEK IT STARTED HAVING PULLED THREADS WHICH I TIED OFF AND TRIMMED. NEXT THE FIBERS STARTED TO FRAY GIVING IT A WORN OUT LOOK. I HATE THIS RUG! I'M SO DISAPPOINTED IN THE QUALITY AFTER WAITING SO LONG TO BUY IT. I HAVE PURCHASED OTHER RUGS FROM BALLARD AND WAS ALWAYS VERY HAPPY WITH THE QUALITY AND THE WAY THEY HELD UP.
Date published: 2011-04-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor quality I purchased this rug in the 3x5 size 1 year ago for our entryway. I am sad to say we are throwing it in the garbage at this point. Only purchase this rug if you do not plan to walk on it. Such a shame because the design is very cute.
Date published: 2012-10-23
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