As natural rugs step more into the spotlight of the home décor world, there becomes a vast variety of rugs with varying fiber make-up to choose from. Below we’ve listed the kinds of rug fibers we sell and some suggestions on where to use them. When choosing a natural rug for your home, it’s important to know the texture of the rug, it’s strengths and weaknesses, and how it can fit in and work in a room. Also, view some of our different weave patterns
Bamboo is remarkable in its renewability—many species can be harvested in as little as four years. Sustainable flooring can be expensive and high-maintenance, but it doesn't have to be. Bamboo rugs are as durable and long lasting as they are naturally beautiful. Bamboo rugs also feature a design that is clean, simple and streamlined, so they fit right into virtually any interior design scheme. Bamboo rugs are easy to care for, are great for allergy sufferers and are very durable. Bamboo rugs provide an eco friendly, wallet friendly option for your flooring needs. A drawback to bamboo rugs is that they do not absorb sound well.
The various designs in jute rugs are handloom woven out of one of the most widely used natural fibers in the world. Jute is also known as the ‘golden fiber” due to its luxurious shine. The natural anti-static and insulating properties of these rugs make them the perfect addition to hard surfaces. Softer than sisal or seagrass, the chunky texture of jute provides a cozy place on the floor to sit or play. Although quite durable in its own right, jute is the least durable of the four natural fiber rugs that we carry and should be used in low to medium traffic a reas in your home. Jute rugs also do not react well to standing water, so their best usage is inside the home, not outdoors.
Sustainably harvested in Southern China, sisal rugs are strong and durable. The most interesting thing about these rugs is their resilience to salt water deterioration. That means if you have a beach home, these rugs would be the perfect addition to catch sand and salt from dry feet coming in from the shore. While they are more resilient to saltwater, the rugs do not absorb water easily. Therefore, it is still ideal to keep these rugs in dryer areas and keep them out of the bathroom and kitchen. Sisal rugs are long-lasting and very durable - great for high traffic areas.
Nicknamed the “grass from the sea,” seagrass is found in the water, so it’s naturally more resistant to spills. This makes it a great rug for homes with young children. Along with being more spill resistant, the rugs are also highly durable. If you need a rug for such high traffic areas as hallways or entranceways, this is the rug for you. Seagrass
area rugs feature all natural colors that range from greens to browns and are never dyed. Seagrass rugs do not like prolonged standing water and therefore are better off being used inside the home, rather than outdoors.
No matter which fiber of rug you choose, the product care for each is very similar. Should you choose to clean the rug on your own, it’s recommended that you use the Host cleaning system, which uses dry extraction to clean natural fiber rugs. You can spot clean each rug with a minimally damp cloth and a mixture of mild dish soap and water.