Natural fiber rugs provide a warm, earthy texture that lends a relaxed and easy vibe. Their durability makes them a practical choice, too. The most popular types of natural fiber rugs are jute, sisal and seagrass. I’ve owned all three and learned a few lessons from each. From pros and cons to tips and tricks, here’s what you need to know about natural fiber rugs.
I’m currently loving seagrass rugs. I shied away from them when the boys were little because I didn’t want their little knees to get roughed up. But, seagrass has risen to the top of my list because it sheds less than jute or sisal. I’ve found it to be much more durable, too.
Rugs provide a big impact on a room. They help anchor and frame the space. Choosing a neutral natural fiber rug in a basketweave or chevron pattern is the perfect foundation for any room.
HOW TO CHOOSE A NATURAL FIBER RUG
Jute rugs win for softness when compared to sisal or seagrass. Depending on the blend, some jute rugs can shed. If you’re the mom of a child who likes to roll around on the floor, count on jute being everywhere.
If you happen to have dark hardwood floors, a jute rug could be a potential nightmare. Been there, done that. My vacuum was on high alert.
Living Room Rug Tip: The front legs of your furniture should be on the rug. And there should be at least 6″ of rug on each side of the furniture.
Sisal rugs are more durable than jute. Made from the agave plant, sisal is tough enough for high-traffic areas of your home.
If you have kids and pets, sisal is a great natural fiber rug option. But, it’s rougher than jute, so it could be uncomfortable if you have toddlers. The biggest drawback with sisal rugs is they’re the priciest of the three options. But, with natural fiber rugs you get what you pay for.
Dining Room Rug Tip: Make sure the rug extends at least 8″ from the table and that the dining chairs are all on the rug.
Seagrass rugs are bound with cotton and backed with latex. Which means they stay in place better than jute and sisal rugs.
Grown in saltwater marshes, seagrass is nonporous, water-resistant and stain-resistent. This makes seagrass a great option for kitchens and bathrooms. Like sisal, seagrass has a rougher texture than jute. Something to consider if you have little ones crawling around.
Bedroom Rug Tip: The typical rug size for a king bed is 9×12. The typical rug size for a queen is 8×10.
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I’m partial to the relaxed, casual and organic vibe of natural fiber rugs. The versatility and textural warmth makes them the ideal layer for any room. In fact, I do have them in almost every room of our home. And if you have kids and pets, you should, too.
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