Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rugs, Mats and Bathroom Blogfest 2010

Mad Men's Betty Draper inspires Rugs, Mats and Bathroom Blogfest 2010
Mad Men's Betty Draper in her master bathroom

Bathroom Blogfest 2010: "Stuck in the 60s?" Times Change, but Bath Mats… Not so Much

There's a lot involved in going to the bathroom for women.

In the world of bathroom rugs, a lot has changed since the Sixties, but a lot has stayed the same. According to David Record, Bath Product Manager for Mohawk Home, solid color is still king at about 85% of the total market, and pricing is still very competitive. He says the average price for a 21 x 34 mat needs to stay below $20 for it to sell.

But while styling has more or less stayed the course, advances in technology have made big changes in how bathroom rugs are made, and how we experience them. Fibers are softer, plusher, and more colorfast. And designers are thinking outside the rectangle and designing rugs in interesting shapes, like Christmas trees, fish, this groovy, Sixties-inspired rug called “Flower Power”, and these other examples.

Just For Fun, Fuchsia Flower Power

Caress Garden, New Leaf

Just For Fun, Lime
David expects that you'll start seeing these in stores for the Fall 2011 Back-to-School/College season.

Mohawk Home's newest line brings a new dimension of comfort to the bath in the form of a quilted fabric mat that contains a core of cushy memory foam. David says, “It’s like stepping on a cloud.” Called “The Caress Collection” the ultra-soft mats are available at JCPenney  and will soon be featured at Kohl’s stores.

Bathroom Blogfest 2010: stuck in the 60s?
Thanks, David! 

Betty Draper would approve.

~ Bethany

Note: David Record last shared perspectives on Bath Mats in David Record, Mohawk Home, on Bathmats for Bathroom Blogfest '09.

Bathroom Blogfest 2010 takes place from October 25 through 29 as described in the press release.  Bathroom Blogfest Participants include the following bloggers and blogs. You can follow the week’s activities on Facebook and via Twitter if you follow #BathroomEXP or check out BathroomBlogfest.com.

BloggerBlog NameBlog URL
Susan AbbottCustomer Experience CrossroadsCustomer Experience Crossroads
Paul AnaterKitchen and Residential Designhttp://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com/
Shannon BilbyBig Bob's Outlethttp://blog.bigbobsoutlet.com/
Shannon BilbyCarpets N More Bloghttp://blog.carpetsnmore.com/
Shannon BilbyDolphin Carpet Bloghttp://blog.dolphincarpet.com/
Shannon BilbyFrom The Floors Uphttp://fromthefloorsup.com/
Shannon BilbyMy Big Bob's Bloghttp://blog.mybigbobs.com/
Toby Bloomberg Diva Marketinghttp://bloombergmarketing.blogs.com/
Laurence Borel Blog Till You Drophttp://www.laurenceborel.com/
Bill BuyokAvente Tile Talk Bloghttp://tiletalk.blogspot.com/
Jeanne Byington The Importance of Earnest Servicehttp://blog.jmbyington.com/
Becky CarrollCustomers Rock!http://customersrock.net/
Marianna Chapman Results Revolutionhttp://www.resultsrevolution.com/
Katie Clark Practial Katiehttp://practicalkatie.blogspot.com/
Nora DePalma American Standard's Professor Toilethttp://www.professortoilet.com/
Nora DePalma O'Reilly DePalma: The Bloghttp://www.oreilly-depalma.com/blog/
Leigh Durst LivePath Experience Architect Webloghttp://livepath.blogspot.com/
Valerie FritzThe AwarepointBloghttp://www.awarepointblog.com/
Iris GarrottChecking In and Checking Outhttp://circulating.wordpress.com/
Tish GrierThe Constant Observerhttp://spap-oop.blogspot.com/
Renee LeCroyYour Fifth Wallhttp://yourfifthwall.com/
Joseph MichelliDr. Joseph Michelli's Blogwww.josephmichelli.com/blog
Veronika MillerModenus Bloghttp://www.modenus.com/blog
Arpi NalbandianTILE Magazine Editor BlogTILE Magazine Editor's Blog
Maria PalmaPeople 2 People Servicehttp://www.people2peopleservice.com/
Reshma Bachwani ParitoshThe Qualitative Research Bloghttp://www.onqualitativeresearch.blogspot.com/
David PolinchockPolinchock's Ponderingshttp://blog.polinchock.com/
Victoria Redshaw & Shelley Pond Scarlet Opus Trends Bloghttp://trendsblog.co.uk/
David ReichMy 2 Centshttp://reichcomm.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Sandy Renshaw Around Des Moineshttp://www.arounddesmoines.com/
Sandy Renshaw Purple Wrenhttp://www.purplewren.com/
Bethany RichmondCarpet and Rug Institute Bloghttp://www.carpet-and-rug-institute-blog.com/
Bruce SandersRIMtailing Bloghttp://rimtailing.blogspot.com/
Steve TokarPlease Be Seatedhttp://stevetokar.wordpress.com/
Carolyn TownesBecoming a Woman of Purposehttp://spiritwomen.blogspot.com/
Stephanie WeaverExperienceologyhttp://experienceology.blogspot.com/
Christine B. WhittemoreFlooring The Consumerhttp://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com/
Christine B. WhittemoreSimple Marketing Bloghttp://www.simplemarketingblog.com/
Christine & Ted WhittemoreSmoke Rise & Kinnelon Bloghttp://smokerise-nj.blogspot.com/
Christine B. WhittemoreThe Carpetology Bloghttp://carpetology.blogspot.com/
Linda WrightLindaLoo Build Business With Better Bathroomshttp://lindaloo.com/


C.B. Whittemore said...

Bethany, thanks for sharing these lovely bathroom rug and mat ideas. Betty Draper would definitely approve!

Happy Bathroom Blogfest 2010 and thanks for being part of the event.


designer rugs said...

Beautiful rugs! I like the first one among all and I would like to find the same for my new home.

Bethany Richmond said...

demabThank you for the comments! As David Record said in the post, these groovy rugs will be showing up this fall for back-to-school bathrooms at retailers everywhere. Keep your eye out for them - I want one of the memory foam ones, myself.

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