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A Guide to Natural Rug Fibres: Seagrass & Hemp

When it comes to choosing a rug for your home, the number of different materials and fibres available can be tricky to navigate.  Do you go for the classic wool rug, polyester or more natural rug fibres like Hemp? They all have their pros and cons, but if you are looking to add a touch of design made from and inspired by natural elements to your home décor, seagrass or hemp may be the right choice. 

Read on to discover how to get to grips with some of the most popular natural fibre rugs that are available, which in turn will help you choose the perfect design for your home…


Seagrass is a natural material that is grown in salt-water marshes, which is where the ‘sea’ part of the name comes from. It’s a beautiful material that’s diverse and hardwearing. Commonly found in Scandi and Boho style homes, seagrass is really stylish and beautifully simple, making it commonly used in a number of products for the home. 

Seagrass baskets, wall decorations and seagrass rugs are all popular products among interior designers and enthusiasts. With an organic look and feel, seagrass can be both modest and striking in style, depending on the finish you choose.

Seagrass Benefits

The really great thing about Seagrass is that it repels stains and moisture - it’s not even possible to dye Seagrass, which just goes to show how well it doesn’t take on other substances.  This means that Seagrass rugs are perfect for use in areas where spills are most likely to occur, like the kitchen or dining room for example. They can also be vacuumed just like any other rug. Seagrass is also a sustainable material, making it ideal if you prefer to make purchases that are environmentally friendly. 

Seagrass contains a protective outer layer and since this is used in the rug make-up too, it means that they are one of the most durable rug fibres available. Seagrass is ideal for high traffic areas and busy family homes. This is also a great option if you have pets at home, as the flat weave makes vacuuming and cleaning pet hair easy, plus a good quality weave is unlikely to be damaged by claws and paws. 

Introducing Seagrass in your Home

Typically woven to create a strong and durable material, seagrass is a great way to add warmth and texture to neutral schemes, or create balance in more vibrant and maximalist designs. If you favour neutral tones, try a natural coloured large seagrass rug in the living room or kitchen, to add interest and soften hard floors, while still maintaining a durable surface. 

Seagrass rugs tend to be very versatile, both in appearance and function, making them easy to slot into your space. Choose a natural seagrass rug for a neutral look, or opt for a mixed material rug, with seagrass panels and other sections if you want to benefit from this fantastic material, but would like to incorporate some colour into your home.


Hemp comes from a tall cane-like variety of the cannabis family. Unlike Seagrass, Hemp is very easy to dye so you’ll be sure to find the perfect Hemp rug in a variety of colours to suit your home décor. However, hemp is also beautiful in its natural state, so you might find you prefer a rug made from undyed hemp. This is a popular material in the Hamptons beach house style décor, as well as Scandi and Boho schemes. 

Hemp Benefits

Similar to Seagrass, Hemp fibres are very durable and can also be used in high traffic areas of the home, such as the living room or bedroom. Ideal for a busy family home, cleaning is also fairly easy, any spills can be blotted away and cleaned up in the usual ways, making this material a great choice, even with small children at home or pets. Take a look at our guide to rug cleaning for some expert tips.

Hemp rugs are woven, which means they are flat, making them easy to incorporate into the home. They also don’t shed, so you don’t have to worry about extra fluff, or a rug that becomes thinner over time. Hemp rugs are made to last, and are well worth investing in, especially if you’re looking for something stylish to cover a large area of your home, regardless of whether this is a busy space, or a more intimate setting. 

Introducing Hemp in your Home

One of the easiest ways to benefit from hemp in the home is by investing in a large hemp rug. This natural look has a laid back appeal, which means it works in various different interior styles. Consider a hemp rug in the living room, placed under the coffee table to add focus to the space and complement the rest of the decor. Hemp rugs are also great in the kitchen - think a runner in front of the island to add detail and a cosy feel, in what can otherwise be a bit of a clinical space. A hemp runner in the hallway is also a great choice, and will make for a beautiful entrance to welcome guests to your home. 

Natural fibre rugs are the perfect way to add an outdoorsy feeling to your home, whilst being kind to the earth at the same time. These sustainable rugs will certainly add something special to any room and will last for many years to come. Consider a hemp or seagrass rug as an investment piece - these are among the most durable rugs available, and slot well into all sorts of interior styles, meaning you can take them with you when you move and make them work in a number of spaces. Browse our collection of natural fibre rugs now. 

  • Posted On: 12 January 2022

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