Last year we replaced the carpet that was in our house when we bought it. The original carpet was a dingy beige plush style that had seen better days. We chose a cream colored Berber that was supposed to have an amazing stain warranty and high durability. We were happy for about a week and I showed a picture of the new carpet here.
However, after about two weeks the new Berber looked worse than the old plush carpet. It showed every stain, the fibers were fraying and it looked matted and worn down. At the time, we were hardly even using the upstairs level of our house because our bedroom was on the first floor and yet the stairs still looked incredibly dirty. Thankfully we used a local carpet vendor (Smiley Tile | Carpet One in Staunton if you're local). They came out and took a look at the carpet and were horrified. They immediately agreed that it would be replaced at no cost to us. Because we were going to do construction upstairs we decided to wait until our master suite was finished before replacing the "new" carpet. From the beginning I had wanted to use seagrass but I couldn't find anyone local who sold it and I didn't personally know anyone who used it so I chickened out and went with Berber. This time around I decided to go with my original plan. I found a seagrass vendor, Carpet One contacted them and bought the seagrass and it was installed last week!
We are in love. The carpet installer has installed carpet for 30 years in this area but had never had anyone request seagrass. I think he thought I was nuts at first but by the time they finished even he was in love.
I will say, the seagrass is very different from any other carpet I have ever walked on before so it takes some getting used to. You are supposed to glue it down directly to the floor so there isn't a rug pad. Plus, the grass itself is somewhat tough so it is a very hard surface. However, we only have carpet in our stairs, upstairs hallway, master closet and our guest bedroom in the basement. These aren't areas where we would sit on the floor so it doesn't bother us that it isn't a soft surface. If we were going to install it in a family room I would definitely layer a soft area rug on top of the seagrass. But I love the natural color and texture. It is a big improvement and definitely worth the wait!