The Features to Look for in a Natural Fiber Rug

Which is stronger, jute or Sisal?

Consider the intended use of the rug before settling on a jute or sisal rug. Maria Juvakka, the creator of Chic Pursuit and an excellent decorator, offers this advice: "My general rule of thumb is sisal for higher places and jute for barefooted areas." Is a rug or carpet for your entryway or hallway on your shopping list? This diamond wool sisal is an example of the more robust and sturdy sisal that Juvakka recommends. She recommends softer jute, such as this basket weave version, for use as an accent piece under a desk or coffee table.


Considering the Sisal Floor Rugs' length and whether you want to stack it with others are also important factors to think about before settling on a final location, especially when dealing with such materials. Natural fibers like jute and sisal attract dirt and dust and are difficult to clean; layering rugs over them is an effective solution. Interior designer and principal of JL Design Jessica Davis says, "I love to use a huge jute or sisal rug to anchor a room, then layer it with more easily cleaned wool or synthetic choices." Davis elaborates by suggesting this bordered sisal area rug because "I tend to lean toward sisals since they often have a finer and flatter weave, so they stack more readily."


When walking barefoot on jute or Sisal Floor Rugs, you may experience a scratchy or abrasive sensation, as described by Ash Read, creator of Living Cozy. Instead of buying pure jute or sisal, Read suggests looking for a product that has jute combined with brocade for a softer feel. The interior decorator Courtney Sempliner recommends paying much attention to the weaving as well. She notes that a West Elm-style rug with a chunkier, bigger weave would be softer underfoot.

The Role of Design in the World

According to AndraDelMonico of Trendy, many cotton and sisal carpets are undyed, so they come in a range of natural tones of tan and brown. But what if those colors or patterns don't complement your current furnishings? The good news is that more exciting possibilities with vibrant hues, geometric forms, and varied patterns may yet be discovered. The key is knowing what to look for. Colorful rugs may be found with the use of dyed fibers and varied weaves; for example, this deep blue sisal rug by Annie Selke comes highly recommended by decorator Simpliler. DelMonico recommends a Round Teardrops Jute Rug from West Elm because of its lovely design and practicality (it can be used in an entrance or as a coffee table rug). There is no reason why traditional alternatives cannot have unique designs. Lauren Lerner, owner and main designer of Living with Lolo, suggests you check out this Southwestern-inspired scheme.


If you're looking for one of these carpet varieties, DelMonico says it's not always best to go with the cheapest choice. "Poor grade jute that costs very little will not meet expectations. As a result, it doesn't go through the same rigorous plant preparation procedure and won't be as sturdy of a rug "she elaborates "As a result, many of the rug's strands may unravel or shed." So, what does a work of exceptional quality resemble? DelMonico indicates the Mahal Jute Rug with his finger. In his book, DelMonico describes how "the jute is grown on tiny farms in India, then neatly handwoven, and completed with a protecting webbing border."

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