Customer Review: Lauren Liess

Lauren Liess posted a detailed review of Rugs that everyone should read! Check out her “Low-Down” on Natural Rugs below.

“Natural” Rugs: Seagrass, Sisal, Jute, Synthetic & Wool Rugs: The Low-Down


I have (or have had) almost all of these rugs somewhere in my home with the exception of sisal. And there’s definitely a time & place for each of them, depending upon the maintenance, kid, pet & softness factors. Here’s a quick overview of my thoughts & experiences with the rugs.

1— SEAGRASS— In my family room/ office/hangout room, we installed wall-to-wall seagrass just like this (below) and we absolutely LOVE it:
And here’s the lowdown on seagrass:
1) THE WAIVER: The company we bought it from made us sign a waiver saying that seams would be visible and that we understood it would fray and that there would be a smell. The seagrass we purchased also came with its own attached rug pad which would make for a quicker install.
2) THE SMELL: On the day of the install, the smell was SO BAD I was scared. I have a really sensitive nose & whatever glue they used when mixed with the straw-smell of the seagrass honestly smelled like animal urine. BUT a few days later, when all of the glue had dried, we were left with just the “hay smell” of segrass, which I love.     …I have learned from my mistake and it’s EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you ask your installer to use a glue with little or no smell.  We used a different glue in our bedroom and the hay smell is all we have. :)
3) THE SEAMS: The seams are not visible. (we had a good installer & he did seal down the seams and all edges) But the rug is also connected so that the natural lines in the rug are in a row… It looks perfect and you can’t even tell even when trying to find the seams.
4) THE FRAYING: So far, so good and we have a dog with long nails who runs all over it. I’m sure it will (and probably already has & I haven’t noticed) pull up in places but it’s pretty simple to just snip loose fibers with a pair of scissors. It’s a natural rug & will get flaws, but they really aren’t very noticeable.
5) THE CARE: A-mazing! It’s recommended to vaccuum once a week (okay, okay, when things slow down I’ll get to that) and you can even sweep these rugs clean! I hate to gross you all out (but want to give you the REAL scoop) — My toddler had an accident on it last week and it all just pooled in one spot without soaking in and I was able to blot it up really easily. Then I sprayed it down with a natural cleaner (probably a no-no but I was grossed out) and wiped it up with towels. There’s no mark, no smell and it looks just like the rest of the rug. Because the grass is from the water, it resists stains & water marks. You also really can’t see dirt at all and when we have gotten mud on it, we just allowed it to dry and then swept up the dirt.
6) THE SOFTNESS FACTOR: Seagrass is actually pretty smooth and hard. It’s actually more like a hard floor than a rug. It’s just as fine for kids to crawl across as hardwood or any other hard surface but isn’t ideal for play areas where they’ll spend a lot of floor-time. BUT it’s GORGEOUS with other rugs layered over it. In our family room in the TV/ play area, we layered an old wool rug over it, which is perfect for playing, lounging & wrestling… (I thought I’d let you see it in all its messy-primary-colored-toy-glory)   Many people complain that it hurts their feet and I have to admit that late at night and early in the morning when it was first installed, it hurt my feet, but now it doesn’t bother me at all, even when I’m tired.

7) EXTRA INFO: Since it’s natural, its color changes over time. It starts out with more of a green tinge and eventually tans. If you are layering rugs, the area under the rug might stay green longer because the moisture is being protected under there so keep that in mind of you plan on moving rugs around seasonally. (Similar to sun discoloration on hardwoods) Eventually, after being exposed for long enough, the difference shouldn’t be noticeable. Weels also work on this rug which is perfect for the wheely desk chairs in my office & also for Christian’s scooter. Joni from Cote de Texas has a beautiful & information-packed post about seagrass which (if you haven’t already read) you should definitely check out here.

Create Variety in Your Home

You want your home to look current and up to date with the season’s styles.  A great way to accomplish this is to add an area rug. This is an inexpensive way to add style to your home. Tip: find a discount style and avoid paying full price. An area rug is a simple way to really spruce up your home and stay current with the latest home trends!

Have you considered seasonal decorating?  A great way to keep your living space looking finished is to add a seasonal theme. In the spring, a floral rug could do just the trick – or in the holiday season consider a rich red and green look. If you change rugs seasonally, your room will always look new and fresh.  It is a great way to really get into the different holiday seasons, and make a home feel vibrant and festive.

If you aren’t into switching your decorating themes with the seasons, consider changing between a modern look and a more traditional look.  A discount area rug can also be used to do this! Area rugs provide so much variety and style – you could easily accomplish a new look whether it be contemporary, country, or traditional. Especially if your living space is already adorned with classic or neutral furniture, changing the floor rug will create a brand new look.

Natural area rugs are a fabulous way to accessorize. In addition to being simple and inexpensive, the variety they can provide is a huge bonus! The next time you are looking to change up a living space, remember that discount area rugs are a great option.

Rugs Can be Kind to the Environment Too

There is undeniably a “green” trend that has become popular in recent years. Consequently, environmentally friendly home accessories are becoming a bigger priority.  Natural area rugs are a great and easy way to help the environment and redecorate your home!

Eco-friendly rugs are cost effective in the long run. Most eco-friendly rugs are composed of sustainable materials such as wool, bamboo, and jute. These natural materials will ensure that your eco-friendly rug is long lasting!

Wool is absolutely the most eco-friendly and sustainable material for rugs. This is because wool is a naturally renewable resource (as sheeps grow wool year round). Consequently, using wool to make a rug doesn’t have a significant effect on the environment.  Wool is long- lasting, visually charming, and can compliment a variety of decors – making it the perfect way to enhance the eco-friendliness of your home.

There are several benefits to jute eco-friendly rugs and bamboo rugs. For example, jute is the softest of all the natural fibers. Additionally, it is an inexpensive natural fiber! Like the other sustainable materials used to make rugs, jute is also long lasting. Bamboo is also an important option to consider. A bamboo rug can add texture and character to brighten up a room.

The most important thing to research when considering an eco-friendly rug is the materials that were used to form the rug.  Keep in mind that ideally your rug will utilize materials that have a small effect on the environment and are additionally a natural renewable resource. If you choose a rug that fit this criteria, you will definitely be helping out the environment!

Preserving the Beauty of a Jute Rug

Jute rugs are delicate and beautiful pieces of art. These types of rugs compliment a variety of décor styles, and could possibly enhance the furniture you already have! These rugs are high – fashion and high quality. Most jute rugs are hand made. They are composed from a straw like fiber. Consequently, preserving a jute rug requires diligent care. Here are a few tips to ensure that the beauty of your jute rug is preserved.

Jute rugs must be vacuumed on a regular basis. When vacuuming, make sure that you get both sides of the jug.  It may be a good idea to keep your jute rug out of high traffic areas. If your jute rug does get a stain, you should use mild soap and water to work the stain out. Test your cleanser first on an inconspicuous portion of the rug to ensure that the cleanser is not too strong.  A soft bristle brush or a sponge should be used to get the stain out. Be sure to use very gentle motions against the jute rug.

As long as you keep your jute rug clean, these rugs will remain extremely strong and durable. Not to mention, their beauty will last for ages as well.

Jute rugs can be purchased in several shapes and styles. The jute rugs that are sold before they are dyed retain some of their natural tan color (which is the color of the Jute plant!). Jute rugs are also available in patterns like stripes and chevrons.

Jute rugs can often be found in smaller boutiques and online. Remember jute rugs are considered pieces of art, so they can also be hung up on a wall to add texture to the room!