It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a natural area rug because you are a fan of the airy, casual look or if you like the fact that they are friendly to the environment, renewable and have fewer chemicals used when they are being produced. There are quite a few things to consider when you are choosing one.
Jute is grown in Bangladesh and India and it grows from the ground in green, shiny stalks that get picked or cut and then soaked for a full 20 days. The jute fibers come right from the stalk of the plant and this means that they are soft. These are the same fibers that are used to create burlap. The jute stalks will be stripped and then spun, which gives them a natural brownish hue.
Pros – Jute is very soft and nearly resembles wool.
Cons – Being the softest also means that it is the least durable of the natural fibers used for rugs.
Clean jute rugs by spot cleaning and vacuuming but never steam clean them.
The great thing about sisal is its durability. It is created from the toughest when it comes to natural fibers. It is made from the Sisalana, or agave, plant that grows in Mexico, Africa and Brazil. The sisal fibers get woven into a type of yarn that can then be dyed…meaning that it is incredibly absorbent. This is critical because it also means that sisal will stain easily. It is often seen with a creamy white color and should only be used indoors.
Pros – Sisal is long lasting, flame retardant and crazy durable, which means that it is awesome for high traffic areas, and because it is absorbent, it can even absorb humidity from a room to make it cooler.
Cons – It is rather coarse and easier to stain. It can also get slick with wear so sisal rugs are not meant for use on stairs.
Clean sisal rugs with a vacuum.
Seagrass rugs feature tons of texture. This fiber grows in saltwater marshes and is able to survive even when it is submerged. It is also non – porous, which means that it is incredibly resistant to water. Seagrass does have a light sheen and can be found in colors ranging from light green to khaki. Area rugs that are made from seagrass are typically found bound with leather or cotton and are not reversible. That being said, they will stay where you put them.
Pros – Seagrass is resistant to stains and highly durable, which makes rugs made from it great in areas that see a lot of traffic. It is also excellent for bare feet.
Cons – Not good in the elements outside and it is not easy to be dyed.
Vacuum to clean them.
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