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.

 

 

 

Why a Natural Area Rug Trumps Man-Made Alternatives

If you’re going by aesthetic alone, it’s not hard to see why a beautiful natural area rug trumps its man-made counterparts. Rugs made with natural fibers are masterpieces in their own right — made with the best quality materials that come straight from the planet — and feature extraordinary designs, patterns and colors for both traditional and contemporary spaces.

Rug-shopping can be an overwhelming experience for many homeowners and designers, so we’ll help explain why you can’t go wrong when you choose a natural area rug. In the end, it comes down to quality, appearance and environmental considerations.

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Unbeatable quality
Natural fiber area rugs are woven with some of the most desirable, natural textiles in the world — including wool, hemp, bamboo, sisal, seagrass and jute — that have been used to create long-lasting flooring for centuries. These materials, some of them somewhat wood-like, are hand-crafted using weaving techniques that help the rug retain its shape and strength through years of use — even when placed in the busiest rooms in your home. Because of their natural durability and resilience, natural rugs are often recommended for use outdoors.

On the other hand, synthetic rugs are typically made in a factory using man-made materials like polyester, acrylic or nylon. Because they’re generally made from plastic- or petroleum-based fibers, synthetic area rugs don’t take abrasions or impacts as well as natural fiber rugs. They’re also known to yellow or fade much quicker than rugs made from plant-based fibers, so they’re not ideal for placement in rooms where there’s a regular stream of natural sunlight.

Artful aesthetic
Furthermore, natural area rugs provide a truly unique appearance that adds texture to any room. From the woody presence of bamboo to the soft sheen of cotton, there’s no better way to bring dimension to your floors. Natural rugs are also a better choice for anyone who wants a quality, colored rug that won’t fade or dilute. Wool rugs, for example, are made with reactive fibers, so they’re known to hold and retain dyes exceptionally well. You simply will not get the same grade of coloring with any kind of synthetic rug.

Effortlessly eco-friendly
Perhaps the most compelling argument for natural rugs over man-made rugs is their eco-friendly angle. Bamboo rugs, for example, are made from one of the fastest-renewing trees in the world, so they’re a great option for anyone who wants to design their home with sustainability in mind. Man-made rugs require much more water and energy to produce than their natural, hand-woven counterparts and often emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may be dangerous to human health and are especially harmful to the environment.

 Health-conscious
Because natural fiber rugs emit zero VOCs, they’re much healthier for you and your family. Natural fiber rugs also have the power to alleviate symptoms of allergy sufferers. This is because synthetic rugs are much more hospitable to dust mites, mold spores and pet dander than natural area rugs. Similarly, natural fibers may help those with asthma breathe a bit easier.

Micro Living Décor

Urban lifestyles and rising real estate prices are making smaller living places the go-to choice of young couples and older retirees. The art of micro home décor is all about minimizing clutter and paying more attention to walls, floors and even ceilings.

If you’ve already made the decision to live small, you probably understand that it can significantly untangle many of life’s complications. By choosing the micro-lifestyle, you’re committing to a life of simplicity and sustainability, so it makes sense to incorporate eco-friendly, natural décor into your small space. Whether you’re decorating a challenging urban apartment or sprucing up your tiny home, opting for natural flooring is the smart choice for savvy homeowners.

Complement your petite living space, bedroom or office with earth-friendly natural area rugs. Natural fiber rugs use weaving sourced only from plant-based fibers like jute, seagrass, bamboo and sisal. Unlike traditional carpet-making techniques, these fast-renewing materials don’t require an excess amount of water, energy or pollutant-causing machinery to manufacture. Natural area rugs are also free from harmful chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can even help purify the air in your home, so they’re much safer and healthier than synthetic rugs or carpeting.

When you’re living in a small space, common areas tend to see a high amount of foot traffic. Your living room may also be your study, dining room, den and library, so you want to ensure that you’re choosing quality flooring that will hold up through years of use. Sisal rugs, seagrass rugs and bamboo rugs are well-suited for high-traffic areas like the family room or hallways because of their natural resilience and tight weaving. When you’re committing to a high-quality product like natural rugs, you buy less often and save money while reducing waste. As an added bonus, many natural rugs, especially jute rugs, are reversible for twice the wear.

The most obvious reason to decorate with natural fiber rugs is because they bring a warm, cozy and upscale feel to any living space, no matter its size. Elegant, simple flooring in natural, earth-toned colors can turn a drab and lifeless room into a welcoming retreat that’s inspired and artful. Small spaces shouldn’t rely too heavily on statement furniture or dramatic designs, but should instead incorporate subtle, simplistic décor elements to create a more open and functional feeling.

Natural fibers are beloved thanks to their casual, comfortable appeal, exquisite sheen and texture and airy, inviting appearance. While it is most common to see fiber rugs left to display their naturally beautiful color and texture that can range from sandy beige to golden copper, today’s selection of beautiful natural flooring comes in a huge assortment of bold solid colors and elegant or ornate prints. Eclectic rugs made from patchwork leather or cowhide are great for adding a unique texture to a floor that should still remain somewhat muted.

Naturally, neutral area rugs in beige, gold, hunter green and white, are common choices in micro décor because they cater to the space’s inclination towards the simple and uncluttered. Solid-colored, earth-toned natural flooring can create a tidy and relaxing backdrop for dressing up a space with punchy colors and patterns. Natural rugs are also a popular choice among eclectic and artsy interior designers because they all feature their own natural variations, making each one a true work of art.

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Happy Earth Day from Natural Area Rugs!

In celebration of Earth Day and honoring our commitment to Eco-intelligence and responsible sourcing, Natural Area Rugs has assembled an incredible selection of earth-friendly carpets and rugs made with natural fibers by master artisans makers. There are so many different ways that people all over the world are helping contribute to the stability of our planet by making Eco-friendly choices. Natural Area Rugs and Carpets are made from rapidly renewable materials that come from plants. As fibers grow they can be harvested over and over again, causing no harm to our environment. Because of the materials that make up natural carpets, there is no Eco-damaging manufacturing involved.

Begin your journey towards a sustainable lifestyle with natural fiber carpets as the foundation of your home. Visit Natural Area Rugs http://www.naturalarearugs.com/ and check out our newest rug collections. Happy Earth Day Earthlings!:)

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