Rug Care 101

When you take care of your area rugs, you will be rewarded with them lasting a lifetime.  If you follow these tips for cleaning and caring for your area rugs, you can make them last.  All eyes might very well be on your new seagrass rugs and you want it to stay that way.  With only a bit of vigilance, you will be able to preserve the natural good looks of them, regardless if they are sisal rugs, jute rugs or even your seagrass rugs.

Deco Sisal Rug

The care and cleaning requirements for area rugs will depend on the way they are made as well as what they are made from.  However, there are some things that do apply to all types of rugs regardless of what they are made from, how they are made or what they cost.

  • Use a pad underneath your rug. Rug pads will improve the appearance of the rug while also preventing it from slipping.  Anytime you use a rug pad, it needs to be about an inch smaller than the rug you will be using it under – don’t count any fringe in the length of the rug – so that it will not show.
  • Vacuum your area rugs lightly on a weekly basis. Don’t forget to vacuum the underside of it either.  If the rug is in an area that gets a lot of traffic, you will want to vacuum it more often.  If the rug has any fringe, don’t vacuum the fringe.  Keep the integrity of your rugs intact by using an upright style vacuum cleaner and by making sure that the beater bar is at the highest level.  Alternatively, if you have a stick vacuum or canister vacuum, these are less abrasive.
  • Don’t expose your area rugs to sunlight or heat for long periods of time.
  • Rotate your rugs on a regular basis so that they will wear evenly.
  • Have them cleaned professionally. This will depend on where the rug is located as well as on how much foot traffic it gets, but as a rule of thumb, once a year should be often enough.
  • Make sure that you take care of any stains as soon as possible. Use a clean, absorbent, white cloth and blot the stains immediately.  Do not rub the stain or use any type of product that contains silicone because these things will accelerate the soiling.

Anytime you get a special, natural rug that is made from things like seagrass, sisal or jute, they will last longer if you take proper care of them.  This type of area rug can make many types of statements as far as design goes.  Keep them looking great for years to come and your investment in them will pay off in the long run.

What Are Eco-Friendly Rugs

There are many different ways that people help to contribute to the sustainability of the earth by making choices that are eco – friendly.  What most people don’t realize is that there are even eco – friendly options when it comes to carpeting and area rugs.

Beach Seagrass Rug

Standard Carpeting, Area Rugs and Materials

The typical carpeting that covers about 70% of the floors in the US can contain materials that are dangerous and that can affect your health.  Many people are familiar with the smell of new carpet, but what you don’t know is that the odor comes from VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that are emitted from the carpet as gases.  Some of the effects of exposure to these compounds are dizziness, fatigue, irritation in the throat and/or nose, allergic skin reactions and headaches.  In fact, it is recommended that carpets and area rugs that contain these compound are not used around babies.  These compounds can lead to allergies.

As if the health issues were not enough, manufacturing carpeting and area rugs like these causes health issues for the earth.  It takes and incredible amount of water and energy to make this kind of carpet and area rug.

The Alternative

Natural carpeting and area rugs offer life changing and exciting benefits to anyone who chooses to use it in their office or home.  Natural, eco – friendly carpets are typically made from renewable materials that come from a variety of plants.  Sisal rugs, for example are made from the fibers of the Mexican agave plant.  As these fibers grow, they are able to be harvested multiple times and this doesn’t cause there to be any harm to our planet.  Because of the natural materials that are used in these area rugs, there is also none of the manufacturing that is not eco – friendly.

Natural area rugs can be made from the fibers of plants – as we just saw – or from fibers that come from animals – such as wool.  Wool is a material that can be harvested and then made into a rug that will provide the person who buys it with a soft, durable rug that will not be worn out very quickly or damage quickly.

For those who suffer from allergies, natural area rugs are the ideal option.  Natural area rugs greatly reduce the amount of allergens that are in the air and they are much easier to maintain and clean.  Natural area rugs are also available in a wide variety of sizes, styles, colors, shapes and patterns.  They can be made from materials such as cork, jute, seagrass, organic cotton or wool, bamboo and sisal.

Natural area rugs will add vitality and character to any room.  Make the decision now to check out some area rugs such as the ones here at Natural Area Rugs and bring a little bit of eco – friendliness home with you.

4 Unconventional but Stylish Area Rug Ideas

Once you spend what seems like a lifetime carefully developing the ideal décor that suits both your personality and your lifestyle, you will understand that each piece chosen must closely align with your vision.  Because they are eco-friendly, exquisite, and artfully aesthetically pleasing, a great choice for any space is a natural area rug.  You can get one that is woodsy and rustic, minimalist and chic or down to earth.

The versatile materials and fibers allow for these rugs to have a wide variety of styles and textures so that they will be the ideal choice to pair with the motif of your home.  The difficult part is in narrowing down the options, so here are a few ideas that might help you along the way.

How to decorate your home with a Zamora Sisal Rug.

Zamora Sisal Rug

Down to Earth

You can make a space that is soothing and inspired by the earth.  A room like this will feel almost like you are still outside and would look great with a sisal rug or jute rug.  The artistic and intriguing weaves in their earth tones will be the ideal match for any décor that has been inspired by nature.  These types of rugs are typically left with their natural coloring so that they will be able to capture the color palette of the earth.  The materials these rugs are biodegradable, fast renewing and eco – friendly.  This means that you can rest assured that you will be using high quality, eco – friendly rugs when you go this route.


Maybe you have a more rustic style.  If so, and your inspiration is a log cabin or a quaint chalet in the woods, you will want some area rugs and a rug made from an animal hide to give the design a warm, authentic and welcoming look.  Cowhide rugs will bring a simple sort of sophistication to any room.   You might also opt for rugs made from patchwork leather which is an impressive alternative to those who want cleaner lines that what you get with the cowhide rugs.


Your coastal hideaway will not be complete without a gorgeous mountain or seagrass rug.  These seagrass plants grow rather quickly in the ocean, so there isn’t a more fitting place for them than a beachside retreat.  These rugs are available in a vast array of colors that are all – natural and this allows for you to have a natural base for your marine colored walls and coastal furnishings.


Contemporary area rugs will pair nicely with your modern, clean décor set off pieces that are huge on personality and color.  Many contemporary designers are using leather rugs because of their unconventional patterns and textures that don’t distract the eye like a busy design would.

No matter what your style is, you will be able to set it off perfectly with stylish and natural area rugs.

Are Jute Rugs Soft?

Choosing a new rug for a room can be intimidating. A rug makes or breaks the design of an entire space and selecting the wrong style puts you back to square one. Jute rugs are a great, natural choice for any space but you may be wondering if jute rugs are soft. The answer is yes, jute rugs are cotton soft and provide a pleasant cushion beneath your feet. A jute area rug in a room ties the space together or can serve as a focal point. Choosing wisely is the first step in successful decorating.

Jute rugs come in a variety of colors, patterns and textures. They’re usually seen in neutral hues of brown but also available in bold reds and greens. While the fibers of jute area rugs give them their own natural texture, how the fibers are woven makes a difference in the appearance of the rug. They feature geometric patterns and organic patterns formed from subtle combinations of colors. The natural color, texture and thickness variation of jute rugs are integral parts of their beauty and make them a unique addition to any room.

Jute Rugs


Bedroom bright
When you’re looking for a way to freshen and brighten a bedroom, jute rugs are the element you seek. Jute area rugs work in all bedroom designs including traditional, modern and contemporary. Laying a jute rug down over hardwood floors in a bedroom brings instant softness and lightens up the space. A jute rug fits right in with a soft, romantic palette in a bedroom and dampens noise adding to serenity. In a bedroom featuring a bolder palette, jute area rugs either tie decorative pieces together or are a subtle accent that balances the room. In bedrooms featuring wall-to-wall carpeting, adding a jute area rug delineates a sitting area and is in fashion with the current trend of layering rugs.

Sunroom softness
A sunroom is an ideal space for jute rugs. They give that beachy feel and compliment the warm sunlight that fills the room during the day. A growing trend in home interior design is the use of outdoor furniture inside. Furniture made from rattan and teak have found their way off decks and patios and into living rooms and sunrooms. Placing a jute rug among this kind of furniture looks and feels natural. Decorating a sunroom with outdoor furniture and throwing down a jute rug or two makes it feel warm and inviting even through the coolest of winter days.Jute Rugs

Living room luxury
From sophisticated to casual, living rooms benefit from the addition of a jute rug. Jute is a great material for kids to play with toys on and feels right at home beneath large, soft couches or refined and elegant end tables and hutches. A nice aspect of is how lightweight and soft they are. They’re easily relocated in a living room when furniture rearrangements are required. A jute rug is the perfect piece to protect delicate hardwood floors and the natural fibers compliment the earthy tones of the wood.

Jute rugs are a versatile, cottony soft element in whatever room you choose to use them. They’re warmth and natural beauty is the perfect finishing touch for bedrooms, sunrooms and living rooms. With all the different designs, sizes, patterns and colors you can find exactly what you’re seeking for every style room.

Redesiging Living Room

One of our customer, Chandler Quarles, recently redesigned her Living Room with one of our rugs! Check out photos and excerpt of her blog post below:

Trieste Jute Rug

Trieste Jute Rug

After quite a bit of research, I realized that Jute would be my softest option and have the look I wanted. I looked all over the web and at a few stores, and it was a bit of a challenge to find something that fit all the descriptors.

Finally, I found this rug at It came in just the right size, was just the look I was going for, and with the $50 off coupon code they were running, it came in at $119 with free shipping. The perfect price! I also read great things about the expediency and quality from Natural Area Rugs. So I took the plunge and pressed the button.

And in just a few days, I unrolled our rug, and it was love! The perfect way to warm up the space just in time for the cooler months.

Trieste Jute Rug

Trieste Jute Rug


Author: Chandler Quarles