What Is Jute And Why Does It Make Such Great Area Rugs?

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Kilimanjaro Deluxe Hand Braided jute area rug from BuildDirect.


What is Jute?

Jute is a natural, course, plant-fiber similar to burlap. Jute has become a very popular fabric over the years that you will typically see made into rugs. Grown in Bangladesh and India, jute is picked as green, shiny stalks, which are soaked for 20 days, then stripped and spun until they are a natural-hued tone, and ready to weave.

Why is it so popular?

Since it is plant-based, jute is organic and unbleached, which is a huge draw these days in home decorating. People want to have rugs which are more natural looking and feeling, and jute area rugs add an earthy-yet-exotic, easy, texture feel to any room.

Producing jute rugs is non-harmful to the environment, and should you decide to move on from your jute rug in a few years it is easily recyclable and will decompose nicely back into the soil, producing no waste.

Kerala Natural Jute Braided Rug (8′ Round).

Kerala Natural Jute Braided Rug (8′ Round).

What are the Pros?

Well, as I said above jute is organic so it is extremely eco-friendly. Jute rugs are also very soft, fairly durable, and easy to keep clean by simply vacuuming it. These reasons alone make it fantastic for your children and pets to play on, or in a bedroom, living room, or office.

The natural brown/tan color of jute works well with almost any décor, and adds a nice, subtle touch of texture. Plus a bonus of this color is that small stains and dust won’t show as easily.

Jute rugs are fairly easy to make and they use natural materials grown fairly abundantly, so that keeps the price on these rugs down.

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What are the Cons?

Although jute is quite durable, jute rugs tend to be a bit thicker than the average rug, so if jute rugs are placed in very high traffic areas they could see wear and thinning a bit sooner than another kind of rug.

Ribbed Loop Pile/9’x12′ jute area rug.

Ribbed Loop Pile/9’x12′ jute area ru

Since jute is made of natural plant fibers it can become moldy if you place it in the wrong part of your home any which sees moisture and humidity. If you are looking for a rug for your bathroom, or as a place to stamp your feet coming in from the rain, look elsewhere.

Some people report a bit of shedding with their jute rug, which is to be expected. You will typically see this on the bottom if the rug is moved, more than anywhere else. Vacuuming regularly will help keep the shedding in check.

To jute or not to jute?

So there you have it! Depending on where in your home you want to place a rug, jute can make an excellent selection, or a not-so-great one.

Do you have a rug, or anything, made from jute in your home? What do you like or dislike about it?


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