How to Choose the Best Natural Fiber rug for a Room: 12 Tips

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Yes, it is true that area rugs are becoming the “in” thing again. There is good reason for it too. They are gorgeous and can enhance the look of any space. Here are some tips on finding the ideal rug for your space.

  1. Know what you want. Natural fiber rugs are not like the ones made with synthetic materials. Also, not all natural fiber rugs are the same. Choose from natural fibers such as mountain grass, sea grass, wool, jute and sisal. They are all stunning and all different.
  2. Choose the one that will complement your If you have pets inside, then you might want to choose one that is resistant to dirt. Then again, it might be for a high traffic area and if so, it will need to be hard wearing. If you have allergies, choose one that will not aggravate them.
  3. Size matters. How large do you need it to be? Will a standard size work or will you need one with a custom size?
  4. Cover what needs to be covered. Rugs will always look their best when they are large enough to get underneath everything in the space that they are in while not being wall to wall.
  5. Get the color right. Remember that natural area rugs will naturally come in natural colors. While any of them will be in shades of green, tan or brown, the shades have a diversity that means no two are alike. Also, cowhide and wool rugs can always be dyed if you like.BELOW
  6. Don’t forget the border! All of the rugs that can be found here at Natural Area Rugs come bordered in a canvas of high quality that comes in 14 color options. These borders really make the rug stand out.
  7. Which weave?  These rugs are available in different patterns for the weave. Choose from herringbone, basket or tight knit.
  8. Never go padless. Area rugs are notoriously slippery. Having a pad underneath one can take the slip factor out of the equation. It can also protect both the rug and the floor underneath the rug while adding more cushion for your feet.
  9. The smell will pass. When natural fiber rugs are new…they smell like the natural fibers. Just as a new car smell will fade, this too shall pass.
  10. Know the fiber. If you are choosing a rug for a stairway, don’t go with sea grass because it can be slippery. Choose the fiber that will work the best for the area where it will be.
  11. Keep It clean. While these rugs are resistant to stains and can absorb spills. Still, when you clean them, do it right.
  12. Rotate it. If you don’t want the traffic to wear a path through your rug, rotate it on a regular basis.

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When choosing your area rug, remember these tips and you won’t go wrong. Our professionals at Natural Area Rugs are standing by to help you with your choice.

 

Natural Area Rugs One-Day-Only Cyber Monday Sale

Natural Area Rugs, the preferred online retailer of all-natural and custom rugs, is giving cyber shoppers a one-day-only opportunity to purchase quality natural rugs at a discount during its 2015 Cyber Monday Sale Nov. 30. Using code CYBER15, shoppers can save 20% off sitewide or choose any custom rug and receive $75 off*.

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Custom Rug SaleOn Monday, Nov. 30, distinguished online retailer NaturalAreaRugs.com is holding a one-day-only Cyber Monday sale. Online shoppers can save 20% off sitewide or receive a $75 discount on custom rugs using discount code CYBER15.

Celebrated the Monday following Black Friday, Cyber Monday gives online shoppers a chance to skip the lines and receive great discounts on quality products, shipped straight to their doors. Natural Area Rugs will not only be offering steep discounts to shoppers, but is also shipping all orders for free!

All day Monday, Nov. 30, shoppers can visit www.NaturalAreaRugs.com to take advantage of low prices on all-natural sisal, wool, mountain grass, seagrass and jute rugs in a wide variety of styles to suit any home. Natural Area Rugs offers everything needed to transform a bare room into a cozy masterpiece this winter with stair treads, rug pads and environmentally-friendly, fashionable rug and carpet styles.

Natural Area Rugs also offers shoppers a unique opportunity to order a completely custom rug specifically for their space. The custom rug ordering tool gives shoppers the flexibility to select their own rug material, style, weave and border.

Choosing an all-natural rug is a safe, organic way to refresh any space. Natural rugs are fashionable, durable and healthy for families and the environment.

*Minimum purchase of $100 for 20% off discount and $299 for $75 custom rug discount required.

When Creating a Neutral Room, Texture is Everything

Texture is an incredible tool when it comes to carefully curated interior design. Much like crown molding or hardware, a rug’s texture can add surprising detail and dimension to a design scheme. Texture can also mean the difference between a cozy, welcoming space and a cold, unfriendly interior. Because of this, texture should be a major consideration when choosing all décor elements, but especially rugs. Whether you’re going for rustic, coastal, contemporary or traditional, there’s a rug texture that will help complete your scheme.

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Jute
Jute, generally harvested in India and Bangladesh, is the softest natural fiber next to wool. It provides a pleasant cushion underfoot, making it great for cozy bedrooms or lounge spaces where bare feet are expected. Visually, jute brings a natural, down-to-earth texture that’s versatile enough for just about any space. Jute rugs are made from the same fibers as burlap and share the material’s earthy color tone. Jute’s sandy-beige texture makes it great for coastal décor. Choose a jute rug if you’re looking for something that’s soft to the touch but not fluffy or spongy.

Sisal
Sisal rugs are constructed from the fibers of the agave plant and then dyed and woven into a durable floor covering. Sisal is naturally versatile and adaptable, so its texture really depends on the weave. Generally speaking, the flatter and wider the weave, the softer the sisal product will be. Sisal rugs can also be blended with wool and other materials for a soft, silky texture. The all-natural look and detailed weaving of sisal rugs makes them great for all kinds of interior design schemes, including rustic or woodsy living spaces, as well as clean, minimalist interiors.

Wool
Wool is, of course, one of the softest rug materials available. It’s constructed from high-quality hair sheared from sheep and other animals and provides a delightfully soft feeling for bare feet and hands. Wool, much like sisal, is an incredibly adaptable fiber to work with, so its texture can range from soft and fluffy to thin and welcoming. Wool is also very absorbent and takes dyes well, so you can find super detailed and colorful wool rugs to complement your room’s theme. Wool rugs are a desirable choice for any laid-back, comfortable living space.

Shag
Every eclectic home should have a shag rug or two. Typically constructed from synthetic fibers or wool, shag rugs feature an extra thick, rich pile for a super soft and welcoming feeling. Shag is great for any cold, rigid space that needs some warming and whimsy. Because shag rugs are made from varying materials, they can take on many unique colors and designs to suit your precise design vision. Shag texture is a wonderful choice for any chic and contemporary living space or vintage-inspired pad.

Bamboo
Bamboo rugs are made from fibers derived from the bamboo plant, so they can take on many unique textures. When you think of bamboo you may think of the woody bark of the bamboo tree, which also makes a desirable material for mats, blinds and room dividers. Bamboo rugs, however, are often woven from fine bamboo fibers to create a soft yet woodsy natural texture that’s similar to jute or sisal. Bamboo rugs are a great choice for any living space that aims to bring the outdoors in.

How Ever-Popular Natural Area Rugs Embody Timeless Style

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If you’re in the market for home décor that’s going to transcend trends, choose a natural area rug. These rugs evolved with mankind, dating all the way back to the Stone Age, when early humans used animal hide to cover the floors in their huts and shelters. Animal skin rugs — especially patchwork cowhide rugs and leather rugs — are still a highly desirable choice among interior designers and homeowners today.

Rug weaving techniques, many of which are still in use in modern day, were developed around 4,000 years ago in the fertile Middle East region of Mesopotamia. Naturally, these techniques spread throughout the rest of Asia and inspired centuries of rug-making traditions throughout Turkey and what is now Iran and Egypt. These rugs were generally made from sheep’s wool that had been dyed to various rich colors.

Since then, natural fiber rugs have continued to play a central role in the realm of high-quality flooring and home décor. Here’s a little bit about natural fiber rugs in the 20th century and today.

1900–1930s
During the turn of the 19th century, elaborate Tudor and Victorian mansions were erected throughout the booming industrial cities of the Americas. Expensive, elaborate Oriental rugs were shipped over from Asia en masse and used to decorate the homes of some of America’s elite. The Hearst Castle, which was built by newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst in 1919, featured an exceptional collection of fine-quality Oriental rugs.

1930s–1950s
In the 1930s and ‘40s, it was all about art deco. Perhaps in response to the Great Depression, color schemes were pleasant and pastel, so wool rugs were quite popular. Wool is a highly reactive fiber, so it makes a wonderful base for bright colors and detailed patterns. Oriental rugs, which are traditionally woven with cotton, wool or silk, maintained their popularity among high society throughout the 1950s. Since many motifs relied heavily on Asian influence during this era, silk and bamboo rugs were décor staples.

1960s–1970s
Mid-century rugs were big on warm colors and striking, geometric patterns. Wool and cotton rugs were popular thanks to the fibers’ appropriateness for dying and fine weaving. Although some historians suggest that the shag rug originated in the Middle East or Central Asia much earlier than the 1960s, it certainly hit its peak in America during this period. This super-groovy style, usually made with wool or cotton, prevailed into the 1970s and eventually became archetypical of the era’s decor. Other eclectic styles, like patchwork cowhide rugs, grew in popularity during this time period, too.

1980s–today
As a reaction to the green movement in America, eco-friendly home décor has picked up major steam in the past several decades. This has inspired a whole new generation and class of interest in natural fiber rugs that are eco-friendly. Bamboo and jute, two high-quality fibers that are quick-renewing, have become some of the most popular rug options on the market today. Contemporary rugs tend to feature super-saturated, rich colors over detailed yet not too-busy designs. Simple, all-natural fiber rugs in earth tones are always trendy for homeowners that want to create a calm, soothing space.

Using Natural Area Rugs to Enhance Your Specific Design Vision

If you’ve spent a lot of time carefully choosing an interior décor scheme that complements your personality and lifestyle, you want to make sure that every piece you select closely aligns with that vision. Thanks to their eco-friendly appeal and exquisite, artful aesthetics, natural area rugs are a great choice for any space, whether it is down-to-earth and eclectic, chic and minimalist or rustic and woodsy.

Natural rugs’ versatile fibers and materials allow for a broad range of looks and textures to help perfectly complement your home’s design motif. Choosing the right rug for your room’s décor can be exhausting, so check out some of these décor and rug pairings for new ideas and inspiration.

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Rustic
Rustic décor is all about reconnecting with nature. If your dream décor is inspired by a chalet among the cedars or a log cabin in the mountains, you’ll love these rustic rugs. No oasis in the woods is complete without an animal hide rug. The perfect complement to your white cedar furniture or antler chandelier, a cowhide rug brings simple sophistication to any space. Patchwork leather rugs make a great alternative to the standard cowhide rug for decorators who want a clean, geometric shape rather than a cut that follows the hide’s natural shape.

Earthy
Create a soothing, earth-inspired space that feels like an extension of the outdoors with a stunning jute or sisal rug. Inspiring earth tones with intriguing, artistic weaves pair perfectly with your nature-inspired décor. These rugs are often left in their natural coloring to help mimic the beautiful color spectrum of the earth. Sisal and jute rugs are also made from eco-friendly, fast-renewing and biodegradable materials, so you can rest easy knowing you’re getting a high-quality, eco-friendly product when you select this option.

Beachy
Finish off your seaside hideaway with one of our beautiful seagrass or mountain grass rugs. This fast-growing plant grows at the bottom of the sea, so it’s an authentic and honorable way to turn any room into a splendidly seaworthy space. Mountain grass and seagrass rugs come in a huge selection of earthy, all-natural colors to help create a neutral base for your beach-inspired knickknacks and marine-colored walls.

Modern
Choose a contemporary natural area rug that suits your clean, modernist vision to help lay the foundation for modern décor pieces that are big on color and personality. Leather rugs are a popular choice among contemporary interior designers because they feature an unconventional pattern and texture without the distraction of a busy design. Today’s leather rugs come in so many colors, including crisp white and bold black options, to help complement your pre-existing palette.

Traditional
When you think of traditional rugs, you may automatically envision ornate, ornamental Oriental rugs. Today’s traditional styles draw heavily from the Asian rug-weaving traditions that came before, but are often made with a modern subtlety that makes them even more versatile. Choose a jute rug with a bit of fringing or a wool rug with a detailed pattern to help complement your room’s more traditional spirit.