Many of you noticed the jute and seagrass rugs throughout my house in the partial house tour and asked some questions, so I thought I would share a bit more about them. After trying a bunch of patterned rugs in my home, I realized I didn’t want so much pattern on the floor. I wanted the rugs to be quiet, so the fabrics and painted furniture could be the stars. The rugs in the living room, dining room and kitchen were purchased from Joss & Main with credits I earned there. They are the Barbados Rug by Safaveih. I would describe them as nubby, but soft. They don’t feel scratchy, but since they are so heavily textured, it feels better to wears socks or shoes when walking on them. They’re definitely not rugs to snuggle on.
I have found these rugs to be very forgiving with crumbs and spills so far. I’ve only had them for a month or so, so we’ll see how they hold up long term. I have noticed that they are getting softer and matted down a bit with wear, which is a nice thing, in my opinion.
The rug under the table in the family room is also from Joss & Main, but has more of a flat basket weave texture. I thought it was the same as the others when I bought it, but when it showed up, I saw it was a little different, which is fine.
This is the only rug that has started to unravel in a few spots, so I am not hopeful that this one will last for years and years.
The one in the family room is the heathered jute rug from Pottery Barn and it’s definitely my favorite.
The weave is very flat with a braided appearance. This is the softest of all of the rugs and feels the best underfoot. It was also the most expensive, but I did manage to buy it on sale. I have found it to be durable and forgiving when it comes to everyday life. The only thing I don’t like about it is the shedding. It’s nowhere near as bad as the wools rugs I’ve had in the house, but it still sheds and get’s all over my black workout pants when I’m exercising and have to hit the deck for some pushups. That’s a small thing, though. Almost all natural fiber rugs shed, so it’s to be expected.
Jute rugs do need a pad under them and I really like the felt variety. They add a nice cushion and the rugs don’t budge. We also used carpet tape on some of the edges.
The other thing about these rugs is they “shed” dust. I don’t know if this stops after a time, but the pad catches most of it and I vacuum around the edges, which obviously I didn’t do right before the picture above! I imagine this would be an issue to someone with dust allergies, asthma or other breathing problems, so be mindful of that.
To care for the rugs, I’ve been vacuuming them with the floor attachment instead of the rug beater, so it’s a bit gentler on them. I’ve just been blotting up spills with a towel and that’s done the trick. As I said, I haven’t had them very long, so I’ll have to give you an update in a year or two, but I’m loving them so far.
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