How to Choose a Natural Fiber Rug
Natural fiber rugs provide an earthy texture that lends a relaxed and easy vibe to your space. They’re eco-friendly and their durability makes them a practical choice, too. The most popular types of natural fiber rugs are seagrass, sisal and jute. I’ve owned all three and learned a few lessons from each. From pros and cons to tips and tricks, here’s everything you need to know about natural fiber rugs.
A standout feature of natural fiber rugs is durability. Natural fibers like jute, seagrass, and sisal are strong and can withstand high traffic areas. This makes natural fiber rugs a great choice for spaces like entryways, hallways, and living rooms.
In addition to their durability, natural fiber rugs are also eco-friendly and sustainable. Natural fibers are biodegradable and renewable. Their production has a lower environmental impact compared to synthetic materials. This makes natural fiber rugs a great choice for those who are looking for environmentally-conscious flooring options.
Another benefit of natural fiber rugs is versatility. They’re offered in a wide range of colors, styles, and textures. Whether you prefer a traditional or modern aesthetic, there is a natural fiber rug to suit your style.
NATURAL FIBER RUGS – PROS AND CONS
Grown in saltwater marshes, seagrass is nonporous, water-resistant, and stain-resistant. After discovering seagrass’s durability, it’s my favorite.
Pro: Seagrass rugs don’t shed like sisal or jute. They’re backed with latex, so they stay in place better than sisal or jute.
Con: Because seagrass is nonporous, it cannot be dyed. It also has a rougher texture than sisal or jute. If you have little crawlers, sisal or jute might be a better option.
Made from the agave plant, sisal is tough enough for high-traffic areas of your home. If you have kids and pets, sisal rugs will hold up well.
Pro: Sisal rugs shed less than and are more durable than jute. But, they aren’t as durable as seagrass.
Con: Sisal is rougher than jute, so it could be uncomfortable for little ones. Sisal rugs are usually the priciest of the three options. As with anything, you get what you pay for.
Native to India, jute is derived from the plants Corchorus Olitorius and Capsularis. It’s strong and eco-friendly.
Pro: Jute rugs win for softness compared to sisal or seagrass. If you have crawlers, jute will cause the least discomfort.
Con: Jute rugs shed. If you have dark hardwood floors or if anyone in your household likes to lie on the floor, you will hate jute. Been there, done that. Not for me.
NATURAL FIBER RUG TIPS AND TRICKS
Rugs are the perfect anchor for your room so long as you position them the right way. When it comes to living room rugs, it’s important to allow the front legs of your furniture to be on the rug. There should also be at least six-inches of rug on each side of the furniture. For dining rooms, make sure the rug extends so the dining chair legs remain on the rug — whether pushed in or out. As for bedrooms, the typical rug size for a king bed is 9×12 and the typical rug size for a queen bed is 8×10.
I’m partial to the relaxed, organic and eco-friendly vibe of natural fiber rugs. I’ve ordered most of our rugs from Wayfair. 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, maybe you should, too.
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