4 Natural Fiber Rugs to Add Into Your Home

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My heart goes pitter-patter for antique wool and silk rugs hand-knotted in Morocco and other far off exotic places, but even though rugs like these can make a room they can also break your budget.

Enter natural fiber rugs: sisal, seagrass, jute, and hemp. There are so many things that I love about these alternative rug options; they’re neutral and fit into any space seamlessly (traditional, modern, country cottage, beach house, earthly organic, etc.), but they have a ton of natural texture so they still keep things interesting. They are perfect alone or layered with a smaller, more colorful rug on top. And best of all, you get high-end style at a reasonable price.

While each of these rugs is similar for the above reasons, they still do have their differences. Here is the lowdown on a few of my favorite natural fiber rugs:


Sisal Rug
Images: (Left) Painted Sisal Rug, (Right) Sisal Detail

Sisal rugs are great indoors and out and they have a tight consistent weave which make it ideal for painting. As a DIY project, you can tape down a pattern or stripes on your sisal rug just as you would a wall or floor and achieve the same result with some added texture. One thing to take into consideration is that sisal is that it is the most uncomfortable of the natural fiber options, which make it a great option for formal living spaces or any area where you might want to layer with a softer rug on top.


Images: (Left) A Simple Life A Float, (Top Right) Pinterest, (Bottom Right) The Green House

Seagrass is smooth and acts more like a hard surface floor covering than a soft rug. This makes it ideal for high-traffic areas. It’s not that easy to spot clean, so keeping it out of kids’ rooms as well as kitchen and dining areas is a good idea. Because of it’s smooth hard texture it is perfect for layering. Seagrass typically has a greenish tint upon first arrival or installation, but fades to more of a tan color over time.


Jute Rugs
Images: (Left) Westelm, (Top Right) Cute Decor, (Bottom Right) Media Cache

Jute is chunkier than the other options and will add a lot of texture to your space, which I especially love in a room full of solids. If you’re not into patterns and color, using a jute rug will keep your space from looking too flat, while still keeping with your simple scheme. Jute is also softer than seagrass and sisal and hides dirt and spills incredibly well. Jute is great for any room in the house, but because of its thicker weave it tends to snag easier.


Hemp Rug
Images: (Left) Shade of Light, (Right) Restoration Hardware

The weave of hemp is a little more inconsistent than sisal and seagrass, but it’s for that very reason that many people love it. Like Jute, Hemp is softer to the touch than the other options, but still very strong and durable.

Where have you used natural fiber rugs in your décor? Do you layer them or use then on their own? Comment below and let us know!

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Brittany is an interior designer and stylist constantly searching for creativity and inspiration in the world around her. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she finds plenty of both. Her interior design studio services a variety of clients throughout California seeking her simple and collected aesthetic. Brittany believes that a house becomes a home when it is beautiful, comfortable and, most importantly, reflects the personality of the people who live inside.