August 21, 2020
A Buyer's Guide to Designer Jute Rugs

There’s just something about rugs that express one’s individual style. Perhaps it’s in the details of how this exquisite piece of art was made or maybe it’s the patterns and colors that reflect the artistic side of the individual—may it be subtle or bold.

A Buyer's Guide to Designer Jute Rugs

There’s just something about rugs that express one’s individual style. Perhaps it’s in the details of how this exquisite piece of art was made or maybe it’s the patterns and colors that reflect the artistic side of the individual—may it be subtle or bold.

Each rug demands to be celebrated and indeed they are all over the world—in catwalks, mansions, and museums. 

One such well-celebrated piece is the jute rug. With a simple yet natural semblance, here’s everything you need to know about jute rugs and a buyer’s guide to discovering the ideal rug for you. 

The History of Jute Rug 

Native to Asia,  jute is a natural fiber that constitutes several decors and upholstery all over the world. It sports a natural brown hue that’s often referred to as the golden fiber and surprisingly, the fibers can mask stains its counterparts naturally won’t.

Made from the plant fiber it’s named after, jute rugs are created through the exquisite craftsmanship of hand-weaving these vegetable fibers into coarse strands. 

With just a glance, jute rugs offer an organic texture to any household that it graces. Natural, soft, and durable, the rug’s tan, vegetable fibers promise low maintenance in exchange for a piece that can highlight other elements in the room other than itself. 

Despite the facade of roughness, such rug is among ones that are quite soft to touch—especially ones mixed with other ideal fibers. Ideal for homes with children and pets, feel comfortable knowing that the fibers offer more of a massage than a rasping scratch. 

And with every work of art, there comes a downside to owning a jute rug. The natural elements of the rug contribute to its shedding more than the average rug. While it’s relatively easy to clean, you might have to check the underside for fallen fibers every now and then. 

What to Look for in a Jute Rug

As with natural pieces, it’s essential to take note of several things before making a purchase. A durable yet considerably soft rug such as the jute rug requires critical thinking in terms of usage and placement. 

Here’s some points you ought to ponder on:

Softness

To note, an all-natural, 100% jute rug can be rougher than ones mixed with other fibers like chenille. If you want softer jute rugs, opt to buy ones mixed with other fibers—especially if you have little ones to think of. 

Colorful Details

Since the rug has a natural brown hue, consider this when choosing one. A detailed jute rug is a result of an artist experimenting with patterned styles such as chevron and stripes. While this is not common for jute rugs, a few retailers may offer this type of jute rug. 

Placement 

Prior to choosing a rug, consider where you want to place it. Because it’s made of natural fibers, jute rugs are not slip-proof and may have the tendency to glide on wooden floors and smooth tiles. 

Maintenance of Jute Rugs

And with its organic elements, it’s best to keep this work of art away from damp and wet floors as the fibers are quick to absorb any liquid which hastens the process of wear-and-tear. 

Opt to sweep the underside frequently to avoid the accumulation of shedding. With time, the shedding will lessen and you’ll find that the rug becomes softer. 

That being said, most luxury rug owners choose to leave rug maintenance to the professionals.

David Nourafshan

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