I have a couple t-shirts featuring my own designs that I got from CafePress, but I haven’t been to their website in years. A couple weeks ago, one of my sisters asked my opinion on the CafePress custom printed rug. My first thought was “What?! CafePress does custom rugs?”
Yes they do, and then some. A lot has changed since the last time I was on their website, and not only do they print rugs, they also do curtains, shoes, canvas wall art, smartphone cases and loads more. I remember when they were basically just t-shirts and mugs!
Back to the story at hand.
My sister had just moved into a new apartment and wanted to pretty it up. She was having a hard time finding reviews and photos of an actual, in-real-life custom printed CafePress rug. We found one blog entry written by someone who was given a free rug in exchange for said blog entry. You gotta take any resulting review with a grain of salt. The blogger did have a photo of her black and white rug, and while the print quality looked good to me, the rug looked really thin and flimsy. Howver, it’s what I would expect for the price CafePress was charging. In fact, the price CafePress charges for a custom printed 3′ x 5′ rug was pretty darn good, so good that I decided to get one myself!
I wasn’t planning on using my rug as an actual rug though. I have been wanting a large piece of wall art for a while now, but haven’t liked anything I’ve seen at my local Ross and other stuff online have been way out of my budget. A large print, painting or canvas is expensive! I decided to treat the CafePress rug as a tapestry and hang it out on my wall as art instead. So during a recent 25% off flash sale, I took the plunge and createda 3′ x 5′ rug featuring one of my favorite paintings: Irises by Van Gogh.
Seven business days later, the rug was delivered. It’s thin, but not as thin as I expected, and there’s a rubber backing. The print is all the way to the edge, and the colors are nice and saturated. The rug isn’t dyed, but instead, it reminds me of old school t-shirt printing where a layer of “paint” is put on top of fabric. It’s actually cracking a bit here and there, but that’s adding to the illusion of a real canvas painting. I really, really like it and might make a fake frame for it on the wall using crown molding. My biggest issue though is that I let my love for this painting blind me to the fact that the colors go with absolutely nothing in my home! The cool, cobalt blue irises clash with the warm, muted tones found throughout my apartment. I don’t care though—I love this painting and I love how gigantic it is and I’m going to find a way to make it work!
I’ll update this post later with more photos, showing the rug hanging on the wall and some closeups of the actual print quality plus the back of the rug. Want your own custom print rug? Check it out at Cafepress »
Update: I’ve settled upon hanging it above my dresser. The right edge isn’t straight and angles in as you move down. I’m definitely going to make a faux frame for it now. Love the size of this thing! Below is a quick photo of the Cafepress rug being used as wall art in my bedroom.