6 hours ago
2 days later than promised, but here's Part 2 of my rug manifesto! There's so much to say on this topic that I think I'll do a deep dive in a blog post soon, but here's the abridged summary of the natural fiber options: •SEAGRASS•
PROS: This is the easiest to care for and most kid/pet-friendly of the three! Because seagrass is from the water, it resists stains & water marks and unlike sisal and jute, it won't turn brown when you spot clean it with water. You also really can't see dirt at all, and it looks superb after a quick vacuuming. The texture is smooth and hard, so while some may see this as a con, I see it as a pro because it's perfect for laying under a smaller rug and it's hard flatness means it's easier to clean. This is my favorite of the natural rug options, hands down.
CONS: It can have a strong smell when you first get it home, but this fades to a subtle hay smell. It's color also changes over time, from a greenish tint to more of a tan, so it may not be the ideal color when you first get it. •SISAL•
PROS: Great visual texture and no smell or color-change issues.
CONS: Sisal CAN stain when it comes in contact with water, but that's not always the case (depends on the rug). It's also scratchy- not smooth like seagrass or soft like jute, so it can be unpopular with kiddos who like to play on the floor. •JUTE•
PROS: The chunky look of jute can't be beat! Definitely the most attractive natural fiber in my book.
CONS: Like sisal, jute CAN stain when it comes in contact with water, but not always and there's really no sure way to know ahead of time. There are a lot of jute blends out there like jute/chenille that are pretty soft, but 100% jute is very rough. Then there's the shedding- The fibers in a jute rug break down and shed creating a layer of fiber "dirt" underneath the rug that can damage the finish on your floor if you don't have a rug pad. It can also stick to clothing if you lay on it. For people with allergies, jute can cause sinus irritation and even hives when it comes in contact with skin. •
I’m out of space, so tomorrow I’ll share my own rug debacle and which of the 3 options I recommend most! -AB