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Natural Fiber Rugs

Get back to nature and enjoy the traditional comfort and durability of natural fiber rugs from us at Pottery Barn. Area rugs are a quick and convenient way to change up the style of any room, and rugs made of natural jute, sisal, hemp and seagrass fibers provide exciting ways to enhance your decor.

The Benefits of Natural Fibers

Natural fiber area rugs are a popular choice for floor coverings because they add interesting textures to any room. They usually have neutral tones and a very traditional style that works well in a wide range of settings. It’s possible to use a rug made of traditional materials with woven construction to create a dynamic contrast in a contemporary setting or simply to add rustic charm in a country-style home. Natural fibers are very durable, making them a good investment for high-traffic areas where rugs tend to wear and fade. In addition to being stain resistant, they commonly have a natural pattern in earthy tones that can help to camouflage messes. Maintenance is easy, usually only involving frequent vacuuming to remove loose dirt. Occasionally rotate these rugs to make sure they get even wear.

Choosing a Material

The most common types of natural fibers are jute, sisal, hemp and seagrass, all of which have a delightfully handcrafted, organic style for adding traditional charm to your decor. Jute has a chunky texture and is often presented in its natural brown hues rather than dyed. The softness of the material makes it a good choice for low-traffic areas where comfort is more important than durability, such as your bedroom or a guest room. Sisal fibers are much more durable and have a rugged, unrefined texture, which is suitably rustic for traditional and period decor. They’re good choices in high-traffic areas because they gladly take on daily wear. Sisal fibers are also water resistant, but they’re stain resistant too. This combination makes them a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Sisal is non-porous, so you’re more likely to find brightly dyed rugs made of other natural materials instead.

If you need a hard-wearing rug for your hallway, hemp may be the answer. Hemp is strong with a coarse texture, and it’s also resistant to mildew. This makes it an excellent option for transitioning from inside to outside locations. Furthermore, the ability to weave hemp into intricate patterns means you have the option to make your rug a statement piece to greet guests and set the tone for your home in the entryway.

How to Use Natural Fiber Rugs

In addition to being a functional item for protecting your floors, a good rug is the foundation of beautiful interior design. The right rug for you has the potential to define how you use a space. It also serves as the basis on which to build your decor. You have the opportunity to express yourself through your choice of colors and textures. If you want to show off your bold and inventive eye for design flourishes, pick bright rugs with stunning patterns. Then pick complementing colors to weave through your other room accents, such as your throw pillows, to create a harmonious yet vibrant space. Alternatively, enhance a sense of calmness with natural tones and luxurious textures.

The ideal position for your rug depends on how you intend to use it. A large area rug with chairs arranged around it creates a conversation zone in your living room, while a luxurious rug in the bedroom provides essential comfort for bare feet. If you’re placing a rug on wooden flooring, you may want to use a rug pad to stop the rug slipping. This is especially important if you have pets, very young children or elderly people in your house.

Regardless of how you intend to use a rug to enhance your home, when it comes to comfort and convenience, natural fiber rugs are a natural choice.

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