A Guide to Natural Rug Fibres: Jute and Sisal
Natural materials in the home are the perfect way to enhance textures while maintaining that laid back bohemian look. Ideal for Scandi inspired interiors, neutral schemes and simple spaces, a rug made from natural fibres is a great option to add warmth, interest and a touch of practical style to your home.
Furthermore, rugs made from natural fibres are environmentally friendly too. A rug is the ideal way to introduce natural fibres into the home, and is often a great investment, as it will last for many years to come while working in a wide variety of interior styles.
Read on to find out more about the most popular options - Jute and Sisal.
Jute is a natural vegetable fibre made from plants that can be found in India and Bangladesh. The fibres are taken from the plant and woven together to create a coarse twisted fibre that is incredibly strong and durable. Jute is the second most important vegetable fibre - after cotton - because of its versatility. Jute fibres are used in many different applications such as curtains, carpets and of course rugs.
Jute rugs are practical as well as beautiful. They are ideal for use in areas of medium to high traffic, such as bedrooms, conservatories, hallways and kitchens. Jute fibres can be easily dyed so you can find them in a variety of different colours and patterns, making it easy to find the perfect style for your home.
Cleaning a jute rug is also fairly simple, regular vacuuming on both sides will keep it looking and feeling like new. If you do spill anything on it, make sure you clean it up straight away as jute rugs are very absorbent, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t easy to care for, with the right approach.
With a woven texture, jute doesn't shed either, which means not only does it stand the test of time, but it also doesn’t create extra cleaning and vacuuming for you. Jute offers the best of both worlds - practicality and style.
Introducing Jute to Your Home
Jute is easy to style in your home and offers many practicalities as well as enhancing your interiors. Jute rugs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from runners to oversized designs, round woven styles and even rugs with large cutout sections to add interest.
A jute rug is often a great choice for the kitchen or open-plan kitchen diner. Consider a large jute rug under your dining table, to define this space, or if you have a sitting area in your open-plan room, try a jute rug under the coffee table. Stylish yet understated, jute works in a number of interior styles and is a great way to introduce subtle texture - a brilliant option for the pattern and/or colour shy.
Jute works especially well in homes inspired by the seaside, Scandi interiors and boho style spaces, due to its natural colour and unique texture. This doesn’t mean to say that jute won’t work in other interior styles though - this is a highly versatile material that can enhance almost any space. Beautiful in its natural state, jute also looks fantastic dyed and still looks natural, rather than man-made.
Sisal fibre comes from the Mexican agave plant - it produces a stiff fibre that is used in many different products. Sisal rugs are popular thanks to its hardy construction and durability, not only that, it has the ability to avoid the trapping of dust and no static build up, which is why this is a favourite within many people's homes and among interior designers.
Like jute, sisal rugs are very hard wearing so this makes them ideal for high traffic areas like living rooms and hallways. That being said, it is not as soft as Jute, but it does offer added benefits mentioned above.
Any spills should be cleaned up immediately to prevent any staining, and vacuumed on a regular basis to keep it fresh and vibrant. General care is easy, and sisal rugs will last a long time when taken care of properly, making this a great investment piece that can be enjoyed for years to come. Sisal is a practical choice, but you don’t have to compromise on style in favour of practicality.
Introducing Sisal to your Home
Much like Jute, a Sisal rug is easy to introduce into a number of interior styles. Perfect if you’re looking for something hard wearing yet simple, sisal rugs can subtly enhance your space, adding warmth, texture and neutral tones.
Try a sisal rug in your home office - place under your desk to add focus to the space - many sisal rugs will work well in well used areas, and can even withstand a desk chair being wheeled back and forth on a regular basis. A large sisal rug works brilliantly in open plan living spaces - consider one under your sofa to add a cosy touch, without the need for a thick fluffy rug. Sisal is a material that works well all year round, whereas many shaggy rugs might be more suitable for the winter months.
Sisal is also really versatile and will work in many interior styles. It’s great for adding balance to busy or colourful spaces, or enhancing minimal schemes where pattern and colour is lacking, by introducing texture and interest.
Rugs made from natural rug fibres are an obvious choice for those who care about the planet, but also place importance on creating a stylish and practical home. At Land of Rugs we offer a wide selection of natural fibre rugs to complement any home. Shop our full sisal and jute rug collection and enjoy free UK mainland delivery on every order.
- Posted On: 7 October 2015