How to Choose the Best Natural Rug For Your Home

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Here are a few of my favorite natural material rugs:

Jute - derived from a plant called Genus Corchorus – is much softer than all the other natural floorings and, for that reason, a lot less durable. It is not recommended for high foot-traffic areas, but an eco-friendly option for the less used areas of the home. Sisal - is created from twisted yarns that imitate that hardy woven grass feel. With a stiff texture, it is particularly good for heavily-trod areas and comes in plenty of designs, colors and weaves. Sisal – unlike most other natural carpets – can be dyed and is available in an assortment of styles and colors, such as silver and blue, as well as all the naturals. It can be pricey but it’s highly durable.                                                                                                                      Seagrass - A strong bit of flooring that is grown in paddy fields in China, and during the growing season, the fields are flooded with sea water. Once harvested, it is dried and spun into yarn to create the well-known sea-grass carpet. The yarn is pretty solid and therefore hard to dye, so it’s often just available in natural shades.                                    

Wool- comes from sheep’s hair that is dyed, spun, and then woven into a rug or carpet. Wool is very durable and the pile/knots are so tightly woven that it is very difficult, if not impossible for dogs and cats to destroy them. wool rugs add durability for high-traffic areas, softness and elegant, earthy natural color to the mix. Wool also holds up to natural sunlight better than most materials and won’t fade nearly as quickly as synthetic materials can.

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