A New Rug for the Living Room

In my home decorating goals for 2015 I talked about getting a new rug for my living room makeover (more on why I’m making over the living room in a upcoming post) and to fit my budget I needed it to be under $150.

Well, a few days after I made the goal I found a great rug for a great price online and pulled the trigger.  Remember how in my “Where to Find Deals on Rugs” post I shared that Rugs USA has lots of 75% off sales, especially around holidays? Well, on the last day of their New Year’s sale I found the rug I had been looking for.

Drum roll…it is a 8×10 natural fiber jute rug.  This particular rug comes with a no slip backing so I didn’t have to buy a rug pad for it and it was only a not so whopping $113. It came with free shipping and arrived within a week of buying it.

RugsUsa Jute Rug


via Rugs USA

Natural fiber rugs are crafted from plant-based fibers such as Sisal, Seagrass, Jute, and Hemp tightly woven to create a rug.  I have seen these rugs everywhere in the design world and have loved the cozy, warm, and casual yet polished feel they give to a room.

I’ve put together 5 advantages of natural fiber rugs as well as lots of photo inspiration for decorating with them.

5 Pros of Decorating with a Natural Fiber Rug

1)  They are relatively inexpensive.  Natural Fiber rugs are generally less expensive than other rugs.  As I mentioned above I found my 8×10 jute rug for only $113!  It’s a quality rug and I noticed Rugs USA is having a winter sale so it is still 75% off.  Pottery Barn has their version of the same size jute rug for $489 plus shipping.  I did see some other good prices for natural fiber rugs on Overstock.com and Amazon.



2)  They go with about any style.  Natural fiber rugs have often been linked to the coastal decorating style, however, I have seen them used in a variety of decorating genres as demonstrated in the examples below.





via Houzz




3)  They provide instant warmth to a room.  The color and texture of natural fiber rugs can create an inviting atmosphere like no other rug.  If you ever feel your space is missing a cozy vibe look into one of these rugs for sure!



4)  They are easy to match with other rugs, patterns, and bold colors.  Natural fiber rugs work particularly well in open-concept homes because they are usually neutral in color and so go well with about any other rug, colors, or patterns going on in the space.





5)  They look good layered with other rugs.  Layering is an important element of design.  Natural Fiber rugs lend themselves well to smaller rugs being used on top especially in defining the space under coffee tables as shown below.





The biggest con of natural fiber rugs is that they are typically not as soft on the foot as other rugs.  Jute is usually the softest of the bunch.  My new jute rug isn’t uncomfortable to walk on but it’s not what I would call soft either.  As far as durability goes the most durable is Hemp, then Seagrass, then Sisal, and finally jute.  I will let you know how my jute rug holds up to our kids and cat!

What are your experiences with natural fiber rugs, good or bad?  Do you like/love the look?
5 Pros of Decorating with Natural Fiber Rugs

16 thoughts on “A New Rug for the Living Room

  1. Jennifer@decoratingdelirium

    Yay! What a deal you found. Timing is everything sometimes. We have a jute rug in my daughter’s room and love it. I agree it is not the softest, but It can handle the heavy kid traffic for sure 🙂

  2. Kris

    I really like the look of the natural fiber rugs, but they certainly aren’t comfortable for sitting and playing a game on the floor! I had a jute under my breakfast room table a few years back. Again, I liked the way it looked, but any type of spill, especially with kids, was a pain to clean up, as everything seemed to settle in the little groves of the fibers It would leave a spot and I felt it never looked clean afterward. So, just don’t let the kids eat near your rug and you should be good! 🙂 You got a great deal, so even if you change your mind a couple years down the road, you will have gotten your money’s worth! Good luck!

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  4. d. southerland

    I love natural rugs and have several of them. I have a 9×12 wool and jute weave from Pottery Barn. It has held up for four years to foot traffic and two cats, one that scratches on the rug. It is soft and beautiful, but….our Christmas tree stand leaked water last year, and now it is stained. From water!

  5. Lauren

    I have a beautiful sisel rug from pottery barn, probably paid too much for it. In your opinion, do sisels collect more dust than a shag rug? I would think sisels are easier to vacuum, keep clean, and are less maintenance. what do you think?

    1. Tamara Post author

      Hi Lauren! No I don’t think sisals collect more dust. Flat sisels are easy to vacuum and can even be swept. However I did get a stain on my sisal rug when my cat threw up on it. I tried using my go to rug cleaner and it didn’t do much to get the stain out. So they may stain more easily depending on the one you buy. Hope this helped answer your questions!!

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