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.

 

How to Enhance an Ordinary Room with a Custom size Rug

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When it is time to redecorate your home, you might find yourself making the mistake of thinking that you need to make massive, sweeping changes.  However, when you are in the mood to redecorate, you can make a big difference by changing only minor things.  A great way to change up the look and feel of your home is to add a few custom size rugs.  These rugs can make any ordinary room into one that is extraordinary.

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It isn’t a custom in America to have your guests take their shoes off when they come into your home.  That being said, you don’t want mud and dirt to be tracked into your home either.  This is a great reason to put a small, custom size rug at the doorway or entrance to your home…and even in front of porch, patio or balcony doors.  This will keep that mud and dirt from getting into the other areas in your home.  Get a rug that is made from a material that is sturdy, such as seagrass or sisal.  This will ensure that the rug continues to look great and allows it to have a long life even when it is in an area that sees a lot of foot traffic.

Break up Large Spaces

Many modern homes have a sort of open floor plan with fewer of the internal walls and/or partitions that serve to provide a physical separation for the various rooms…such as the kitchen, dining and living rooms.  However, you might still want there to be a visual aid that will work to separate these spaces.  This can be achieved easily with area rugs.  Get one that is large and has a contrasting color when you want to add visual appeal and dimension from one of your rooms to another one.

This is also a great idea for those who live in a studio apartment.  It can assist you in separating the bedroom area from the living room area.  That being said, smaller and lighter colored rugs are what should be used in rooms or apartments that are short on space.  Adding a darker or larger rug could actually overwhelm it and make the space appear considerably smaller than it actually is.

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Custom Sized Area Rugs

Getting a custom sized area rug that is large and has a contrasting color or a fun pattern will actually serve to add a sort of visual statement to any space and bring it a new vitality.  For those home owners who might be bored with the look in their home, getting something as simple as a custom area rug can be just the spark of redecoration that they need.

 

Great First Impression – Enriching Entry Halls with Sisal Rugs

blog blog blog blogWe all know that you never get a second chance to make a great first impression, and yet many times people will neglect or only pay a little bit of attention to the hallways and entry ways to their homes. The fact is that these areas in your home DO matter. Some people might hang a picture or two or they might even throw down a small decorative rug and call it finished before forgetting all about it. The unfortunate thing about this is that these people are missing out on a unique chance to create a magnificent first impression to their home and also of themselves. Additionally, guests will tend to get more of a feel of importance when they enter a home through a welcoming and impressive entry way. An entrance that is only halfway decorated is boring at best and easily forgotten at its worst. It can also give your guests the completely wrong impression of your home and yourself.

Entrances and Hallways are Great Areas to Showcase Your Individuality

The entry to your home is where you will make your first and your last impression. Instead of looking at an entryway and thinking that it is boring, look at it as your opportunity to let your personal style shine. In fact, these areas of your home give you the opportunity to let loose in styles that are not accessible in the other areas of your living space. Homebuyers these days are opting more and more for open floor plans. These floor plans typically lack your normal hallways. While the homeowners do love the layouts (if they didn’t then they wouldn’t buy a house with this type of layout), they also tend to miss that sense of separation and definition that can be found with a hallway.

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When you are decorating your entryway or hallway, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Think of these areas as actual rooms in your home. Consider what color you would like to paint the walls, what sort of lighting you would like and what type of natural area rug would look great on the floor to tie the look together.
  • Don’t be afraid to go bold. If you have a design style that is a bit wild, let it run free. Line your entry or hallway with modern art or you can even use colors that you might not want to use in the rest of your living space. The goal here is to transform your hallways and entry way from a space that is boring to pass through to a dazzling area of self-expression. Sisal area rugs will help you gain the look and feel that you want and your entry and hallways will not only give a great first impression, they will also give one that is lasting.

Decorate Living Rooms with Geometric Rugs

promoIf you are like most people, you will want your home to look nice.  You will want to make sure that each space has its own style that is a reflection of your own personality.  You can do a lot of that decorating with area rugs if you wanted to.  Natural area rugs come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and patterns.  They also come in a vast array of different shapes.  In fact, there is so much of a variety to choose from that you might find it difficult to narrow down your options because you will fall in love with quite a few of them.

What is a good way to decorate your living room with a natural are rug that has a geometric shape though? You don’t need to have a degree in interior design to be able to decorate with a natural area rug that has a geometric shape, even if it seems like a daunting task.

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Here are a few tips that will help you along in the right direction when it comes to this.

  1. The natural area rug with a geometric shape that you choose does not necessarily have to be an overly large one. You can use a small rug to create quite a few different looks in your living room.
  2. If your living room has a theme with a deep color, or strong pattern, go for a geometric rug that has highly contrasting colors to tie it all together and create a look and feel that is intense.
  3. If you want to have the maximum amount of flexibility and want to showcase cooler colors then you should go with a geometric rug that is in a soft color, such as gray or beige. Neutral colors will work best in this situation.
  4. For those who are looking to create a space that is warm and inviting, think about a geometric natural area rug that features warm colors or patterns.
  5. As far as getting the feel that you want in that living space, check out the various textures that are available. You can get anything from a shag natural area rug to ones that have a super tight weave.
  6. If you want your living room to offer a calmer sort of mood, then you should opt for a geometric area rug that has colors that are softer and quieter.
  7. When you want to make your living room a space that is full of movement and energy, choose a rug that has high contrast colors.

By following these tips, you will find that using geometrically shaped natural are rugs to decorate your living room isn’t as difficult as it might seem

What is Sisal?

Agave sisalana, better know as sisal, is a green plant with long, sword-shaped leaves. Sisal is indigenous to Mexico, but today it grows in parts of the world as diverse as Morocco, Hawaii, Thailand and Nepal. Sisal’s fibers are used to make dozens of products including cloth, carpet, rope, twine, paper and dartboards. The word “sisal” can refer to either the plant or its fibers.

The Sisal Plant

The leaves of a sisal plant can grow to over 6.5 feet tall. During the course of a 10 year lifespan, a single plant can produce up to 250 commercially viable leaves, each of which contains about 1,000 fibers. Fibers are extracted from sisal through the process of decortication, which involves beating the leaves against a spinning wheel. The fibers must then be thoroughly dried before being sorted.

Sisal Rugs and Carpet

One of the most popular commercial uses for sisal is the production of rugs and carpet.
Sisal doesn’t attract static electricity nor dust; therefore, sisal carpets require very little maintenance. Unless properly treated with a fiber sealer, sisal fiber expands when exposed to water, so sisal rugs and carpet are not ideal in high-spill areas or near doors where they might be exposed to rain and snow. Dry cleaning powder should always be used for spot removal.

Other Sisal Products

Commercial use of sisal dates back thousands of years ago to ancient Aztec and Mayan societies, which made primitive papers and fabrics from the plant. By the 1800s, sisal was being cultivated in the Caribbean and Florida as well as several African counties like Tanzania and Kenya. Presently, Brazil is the world’s top sisal producer.

A number of qualities make sisal a versatile fiber: It is strong, durable and stretchy. Sisal fiber also easily absorbs dyestuff and is resistance to saltwater deterioration. Unsurprisingly, sisal has long been the fiber of choice for making ropes and other general cordage. Sisal can be found in spa products, slippers, geotextiles, cat scratching posts, mattresses and disc buffers. Aside from its many practical uses, the sisal plant can also be distilled into a liquor that resembles tequila.