A Shopping Guide for Rugs Made From Natural Fibers!

There are quite a few reasons for rugs made from natural fibers becoming so popular.  Seagrass, sisal and jute rugs are all easy to take care of, Eco – friendly, and affordable.  They have a texture that is natural and earthy and this means that they are incredibly versatile as well as being a foundation for any décor that is ideally neutral.  In fact, many designers are opting for a more natural look and as a result are using rugs made from natural fibers in every room in the house.

They might share some similarities, but there are differences between seagrass, sisal and jute.  You might come to find that one of them will be more suited to your home than the other.

Jute

Jute is a natural fiber that comes from the stem of a plant that is grown in India.  It is also used to make twine and burlap.  Jute fibers tend to be smooth and soft and have a sort of waxy sheen, which makes it the softest choice.  Jute rugs also have a texture that is rich and a tonal variation that is natural which means that they are great at hiding minor spills or stains.  However, they are also not as durable as seagrass or sisal, so they are better for use in bedrooms, dining rooms, or other medium traffic areas.

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Sisal

Sisal comes from the plant known as the agave.  This is the same type of plant that is used to make things like tequila and aloe.  These plants are grown quite a bit in Central America but are also found in East Africa and even Brazil.  Out of the three natural fibers we are discussing here today, sisal is the strongest and the most durable.  Because of this, it is often also the most expensive.  Rugs made from sisal tend to have a weave that is hardy enough to stand up to pets that scratch.  That being said, sisal rugs can fade if you leave them in direct sunlight and even water can discolor them.

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Seagrass

To find seagrass in its natural habitat, you would have to go to the waters in the Asian Pacific region.  This plant grows in water and is quite reedy.  It produces a non – porous, strong yarn that is resistant to all sorts of stains.  Once water spilled on a seagrass rug dries, the rug will return to its former color.  Rugs made from seagrass also feature a tight weave that make them ideal for high traffic areas and they will last you for years.

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None of these rugs are recommended for use in rooms like bathrooms or even outside.
Now that you know a bit more about them, stop by Natural Area Rugs to see the massive selection you can choose from.

Changing Up Your Décor for the Spring and Summer

Now that the temps are getting higher and you have thrown the winter clothes back to their hiding places, and changed out the flannel sheets for the cotton ones, and even replaced your winter window dressings for ones that have a more summery look, it is time to get to work on the rest of your home.  You may have even gotten brighter colors displayed in your home now in order to match the flowers that are blooming… and why shouldn’t you?  You are ready to welcome the warmer months with open arms like as not.  As you get ready to embrace the warmer temperatures, you might also want to think about switching out your rugs with everything else.  It might be a comfort to have those plush shag rugs and thick wool rugs in the colder climes, but they can be a bit much for those months when the air conditioning in running.  Try using natural fiber area rugs instead when you are looking for an option that is light, warm, and ideal for decorating in the spring and summer.

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Using rugs that are made from natural fibers such as sisal and jute allow for you to bring earthy colors as well as an added layer of texture to any room in your home where you see fit to place them.  These rugs are made from natural fibers that are renewable too…which means that they are more friendly to the environment.  They are also incredibly durable and this means that they are great for use in hallways or in the living room where you get a lot of foot traffic…well, the sisal rugs.  Jute rugs are not as durable but are great for use in those lower traffic areas such as bedrooms, formal dining rooms and formal living rooms.  You can use a rug that is made from sisal to be a complement to your brighter accents in any room while it also warms the entire look up.  If you think that you still need a bit more color, think about putting a smaller, brightly colored rug on top of the sisal rug in order to create a chic layered look that is always trending.

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There is also another benefit to using natural area rugs.  These rugs are great to be used in every season!  You might choose to continue layering the rugs in order to incorporate new patterns and colors with your existing décor and you can always rely on your rugs that are made from natural fibers to be that timeless accessory that will always look elegant and cool.

Head on over to Natural Area Rugs to find the ideal rug for your home and style today.

Should You Place Your Living Room Furniture on the Natural Area rug or Off of It?

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If you have ever read any of the interior design blogs that are everywhere on the internet, you will notice that interior design has a plethora of rules that should be followed when it comes to decorating your home.  However, these rules basically serve as mere guidelines and have been created to help you as opposed to limiting you.  There are many exceptions to these rules.  At the very least, you have a variety of options to choose from.  For example, area rugs in your living room are able to be arranged in quite a few different ways depending on the size of the rug and the setup of the room.

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There is a decorating rule about furniture needing to be placed on the area rug.  What does that really mean though?  Do you need to have your chairs and sofa all the way on the rug or is that rule meant for just the front legs of the furniture?  That will depend on the size of your area rug as well as on what look you are trying to achieve.  To begin with, let’s take a look at why this is even a rule.  For the most part, it has to do with the size of the rug.  A large rug will allow for furniture to be arranged on top of it as opposed to around it.  A rug that is smaller might can actually make a small space appear to be even smaller while making a larger room feel like it is missing something.  Putting your furniture on top of your rug will also keep people from tripping on the edges of the rug when they are walking around the space.

Now that you have an idea of why people put furniture on the area rugs, let’s talk a bit about your options.  You might choose to put entire pieces of furniture on the top of your area rug or you might choose to put just a part of your chairs and/or sofa on it.  If your floor plan is an open one, putting all of your furniture on the rug will assist in anchoring the space.  Aside from that, it all boils down to what you like.  Try it in a variety of ways to see which look appeals to you more.

Will there be situations when a living room will look best with only the coffee table on the area rug?  Yes, but there will also always be exceptions to the rule.  If the rug you currently own is one that is smallish, try this.  However, if the look doesn’t seem to be right, you will more than likely need a larger rug, like those that can be found at Natural Area Rugs.

Finding the Softest Natural Fiber Area Rug

An embracing, warm natural area rug can make all of the difference in the world after you come home from a long day at work and need to soothe your aching, tired feet.  Having a soft layer beneath your feet can be just the soothing touch that your body needs in order to rejuvenate and relax.  There is a myth about natural area rugs and it is that this type of area rug is too coarse to be of much use in the relaxation department.  This is simply not true.  In fact, many of the natural fiber area rugs on the market are incredibly soft, which makes them the ideal choice for your home.  Take a quick peek at some of them now.

Sisal Wool

This rug is made from a combination of wool and sisal.  It is one of the softest choices when it comes to area rugs that have been created from natural fibers.  Sisal wool rugs give you the best of both worlds.  They have the incredible durability and unique texture that comes with sisal and they also have the smooth feel that you get from wool.  You can choose from a variety of colors and even from a variety of different weaves, which means that you will always be able to find the ideal match for your interior design or floors.

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Jute

When it comes to natural fibers that rugs are made from, Jute is one of the most durable and softest ones around.  This means that it is absolutely ideal for area rugs.  You can get jute area rugs in a variety of different weaves and even in a variety of different colors and shades.  The jute rugs are stunning and have a texture that is naturally soft.  Because of the softness and durability of jute area rugs, they are among the most sought after when it comes to area rugs that have been made from natural fibers.

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Sisal

Sisal rugs are also available in a variety of colors and weaves.  The weaves that are chunkier and larger tend to be the ones that are the softest.  Sisal rugs are great for use in most rooms in your home or office and will add a touch of class where ever you place them.  The shades that sisal rugs are available in range from light to dark so you will have no trouble finding just the shade you are looking for.

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To get a closer look at all of the types of natural fiber area rugs that have been discussed here today, and more, head on over to Natural Area Rugs and see all of the options that you have.

Looking for the Ideal Rug to Decorate Your Family Room? You are not Alone

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Area rugs can be both a financial and a visual investment…this is especially true when it comes to natural fiber area rugs.  The right rug can make or even break the overall look of a space and change the entire way that it feels.  Choosing the right rug is as much about how it feels underfoot as it is about looks.  It is also imperative that it be practical for your home.

Things to Consider When on the Lookout for Natural Area Rugs

  • What is your lifestyle like? Do you often chase pets or children through the house?  If so, you probably want to skip looking at the white rugs.  That being said, natural fiber rugs do hold up quite well when it comes to not getting stained.
  • What is the purpose of the rug in the room where it will go? Is it meant to create a focal point in a more formal living room or will it be used as a great place to sit when you are playing a variety of board games or just for the kids to sit on and watch TV in the family room?
  • What is your style like? Try to find a rug that will complement the inherent style of the room it will be placed in.  That doesn’t mean that it should match every single thing in the room.  It should work with the textures and tones of the furnishings that are already in that space.
  • How easy or difficult is it to clean? Is it going to be used in high traffic areas and need to be cleaned more often, or in spaces that are little used, where it will stay relatively clean?  Even though natural fiber area rugs are resistant to stains, they do still need to be cleaned and this is an important factor in choosing one that will be ideal for you and your home.

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  • What feels best to your feet? For a rug with a softer feel, go with one that is made from cotton or wool.  This isn’t to say that sisal and jute are not soft, but they don’t have the type of physical warmth as some of the other natural fibers do.
  • How often does your style change?  With the seasons?  Will the rug you are considering now work with your décor a year from now?
  • Will you be moving? If you are moving, then you will want to get a rug that will still fit in your new space.  It isn’t a pretty sight to see a large rug being folded under so that it will still work in a smaller space.
  • You might spend a bit more on a natural fiber rug, but it will be worth it when compared to the low quality rugs that are found at bargain stores.  They will last longer and not need to be replaced as often and you will also be able to tell a difference in the quality.