Natural Fiber Rugs - Are They Really Still The Rug Of Choice?

In a way you can compare natural fiber rugs to your favorite pair of jeans. They are affordable, you can layer them, and you can dress them up or down. They're even long lasting. Although rugs made from natural fibers have been around for centuries, they started to appear in America's houses in the 1980's and unlike many styles, fashions and fads, they remain to this day, the rug of choice used by many households. So what's the secret of the natural rug and why have they remained popular?

Strength and durability

Rugs made from natural fibers such as sisal area rugs, seagrass rugs and jute rugs all have one thing in common, and that is that they are surprisingly strong and durable. For instance sea grass fibers are known for being strong and are used to make everything from bowls to furniture and even coffins. Woven jute is a vegetable fiber and has been commonly used to make bags for centuries. Woven sisal yarn is extremely tough and has been used to make objects as diverse as cat scratching posts, twine for tying hay bales and more recently it has been used in component parts within the aviation and auto-mobile industries.

Toxin free

Unlike most wool rugs which are dyed and colored, many other types of natural fiber rugs are left in their natural un-dyed state. This means that they are free from allergens and toxins. This makes them a perfect rug of choice for any allergy sufferer. In addition the majority of natural fiber rugs (in particular seagrass) are resistant to most stains and spills, which is great if you have a house full of accident prone kids and even adults.


Even now, natural fiber rugs are about as contemporary as you're likely to see. Nowadays, the preference of choice seems to be for a chunkier weave. Simply flick through any design magazine and you're bound to see some elegant or stylish furniture sat on top of a natural looking sisal rug. It creates a modern twist to an otherwise classic style and brings it into the 21st century.

In essence, natural fiber rugs can work on so many levels. Whether it is because you want something that's going to last, or from an eco-friendly perspective you want a floor covering made from sustainable materials, or alternatively you simply want to stand out from the crowd. Whatever your reasons, you can purchase knowing that your rug of choice will still be popular in another twenty or thirty years, and that's something that you can't say about other synthetic designs.

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