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The best natural fiber rugs; jute, sisal, and seagrass. Get tips on cleaning, discover which ones are good for pets, and find out the best ones for sale today.
I have a serious love affair with natural fiber rugs. They are right up there with vintage rugs for me. Natural fiber rugs are beautiful and bring that earthy texture and color to your rooms.
It’s amazing how throwing down a simple jute rug can warm up a space. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re also incredibly inexpensive and eco-friendly to boot.
I mean, what’s not to love about these rugs?
I want to go more in-depth today to talk to you about these beauties! We have had our fair share of natural fiber rugs in our house and I’ve learned a thing or two about care, materials, and more. I’ve also rounded up my picks of the most popular and best natural fiber rugs out there.
Let’s start from the beginning.
The Best Natural Fiber Rugs
The best natural fiber rugs come down to jute, sisal, and seagrass rugs.
If you have young kids like us, you’re going to want a rug that’s soft, durable, AND won’t stain easily. In that case, your best option is to go for a softer jute rug or a seagrass rug.
Jute will be the softest underfoot, just keep in mind the shedding and eventual unraveling of fibers here and there. You may have to cut a few loose loops off occasionally, but I find that once you cut them and tuck them into the rug you can’t even see them.
We opted for this black wool jute rug from Pottery Barn. It’s incredibly soft on your feet and it won’t show any stains. It does shed like crazy though! I’m hoping the shedding reduces the longer we have the rug.
I rounded up more natural fiber rugs below. I know many of these are popular from other bloggers I work with and interior designers. They are gorgeous and inexpensive and I just know you will love them.
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Pros of Natural Fiber Rugs
Here are a few reasons why you should be incorporating natural fiber rugs in your decor.
- They’re inexpensive: You can score a 9×12 rug for under $350 in most places.
- They’re eco-friendly: Natural fiber rugs, are, natural! They’re made from plant materials found globally, then tightly weaved into rugs.
- They go with any style: The natural fibers and earthy vibes of these rugs will blend in with any decor style. Even if you want to add a bit more color, you can throw a second rug on top for some added layers.
- They’re Durable: Some natural fiber rugs (like Sisal and Seagrass) can be extremely durable and last you for years, which makes them ideal for high traffic areas like hallways, entryways, and kitchens.
- They’re good for allergy sufferers: These natural fiber rugs, unlike synthetics, are more likely to be VOC and toxin-free.
Cons of Natural Fiber Rugs
- Jute rugs are a softer material and tend to breakdown over time.
- Jute rugs can also shed for a while due to the construction of the rug, so if you don’t like shedding rugs, you may want to look at other options!
- Certain natural fiber rugs can stain easily! (Sisal can stain permanently with just water!) I learned this lesson the hard way with our hallway sisal rug.
Jute rugs are very textured and can be incredibly soft. That chunky weave can add so much character and warmth to your rooms! Jute rugs are the softest out of the natural fiber rugs, but they also tend to shed the most and can unravel.
Jute rugs are best for medium and low traffic areas, like bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.
I’ve had this jute rug for a couple of years now. It used to be in our kitchen and now it’s off our breakfast nook. It’s still holding up really well, but it does still shed a little.
Seagrass rugs are the most durable of the natural fiber rugs. Why? They don’t stain! Seagrass rugs are made of non-absorbant materials so they make perfect companions for pets and kids. They are not as soft as jute rugs, but seagrass is soft enough that you won’t feel like you’re walking on a bunch of legos. They also won’t shed on you.
Seagrass rugs can work anywhere in your house but are great for bathrooms, kitchens, and playrooms.
Sisal rugs are incredibly durable, but they can absorb water and are prone to staining. These rugs don’t shed and won’t really unravel on you, but they can be rougher on your feet.
Sisal rugs work best in high traffic areas away from water sources, like entryways and hallways.
What are the softest Natural fiber rugs?
If comfort is your main concern, then consider a jute rug. Jute fibers are taken from the plant stems, not the leaves, so it’s an incredibly soft material and makes for a comfy rug. Due to this reason, they are also less durable than Sisal or Seagrass, so they are best for your low to medium traffic areas, like a bedroom.
Jute rugs will also shed for a while, so keep this in mind if you have pets or kids that play on the floor. They will most likely rough up the shedding a bit more. At least, that’s what happens in our house on our jute rug.
What Natural Fiber Rugs Are Best for Pets?
If you have a pet, then consider a natural fiber rug that’s more durable. Seagrass will work well here as they are extremely durable and won’t stain.
However, this durability makes them less soft and harder on bare feet. But they will continue to look gorgeous for years to come, regardless if your dog or cat likes to scratch on them or has accidents.
Sisal is also very durable but can discolor easily, even with water, so it’s not the best choice with pets and potential pet accidents.
Here’s our jute rug I mentioned before. This picture is from our old house. It’s held up really well. My dog even peed on it two days after I got it. Fun stuff. I ended up following these cleaning instructions and it’s almost not noticeable anymore!
Seagrass is also not a bad choice here, it’s a bit softer than Sisal and won’t stain easily.
You can always go for the layered look – choose a seagrass rug and then throw a beautiful Turkish rug on top for added comfort and style.
Are Natural Fiber Rugs Easy to Clean?
It depends. It depends on which type of natural fiber rug you have and where you put it. All in all, if you pick the right natural fiber rug for your area then yes! If you have a sisal rug in your mudroom, it’s probably not your best bet and you’re going to go bonkers trying to keep it clean and stain free.
We used to have the most beautiful sisal runner in our hallway. Unfortunately, my son got sick one night, and let’s just say we don’t have the rug anymore. At the time, I didn’t realize that water would be the end of a sisal rug and I ended up completely ruining it. That sisal runner probably wasn’t the best choice for a busy hallway off our kitchen. Had I chose seagrass? We would most likely still have that rug.
I’ve learned my lesson!
How to Clean Natural Fiber Rugs
Here are a few overall tips to cleaning and keep your natural fiber rugs in good shape:
- Vacuum these rugs a few times per week to pick up the shedding. Avoid using the beater bar, it’s best to use a hardwood floor setting so you don’t disturb the weave too much.
- Clean up spills as soon as you can. Don’t rub, just lightly blot the stain with a white cloth and some club soda. You can use a scraper tool to pick up little bits of dried food/debris.
- Water is the #1 enemy. Don’t soak these rugs or dampen them with too much water, they can stain this way.
- Use a high-quality rug pad to preserve the life of these rugs and prevent slippage.
- Seagrass is the most stain-resistant of all the rugs. If you get these rugs wet, they will dry to their original color.
- For natural fiber rugs with dual sides, you can vacuum both the top and bottom sides to really pull out a lot of dirt.
So that rounds up this guide to the best natural fiber rugs. Have a favorite jute/seagrass/sisal rug you’d love to share? Drop me a line!