My Favorite Jute Rugs

by | Jun 3, 2021 | Decorating, My House | 22 comments

I’ve shared about the jute rugs I use in my home in various posts, but not all in one place.  Since rugs are a tricky part of decorating a room (for me, at least), I thought I would share some of my favorite jute rugs that I’ve had in my home for several years.  The jute rug in my living room is the newest one and I’ve had it for about eight months.  I’ve had the rest, though for years, so I can speak to their durability.  I also share some answers to frequently asked questions about cleaning, care, shedding, and using rug pads at the bottom of the post.

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So, let’s dive right in.  Here are my five favorite jute area rugs…

heather chenille jute rug from pottery barn

I bought the Heather Chenille jute rug from Pottery Barn several years ago when it was on sale and it’s been such an amazing rug.  We used it in our family room in our previous home and in our eating area in our current house and it has taken so much abuse.  I have been super impressed with it and would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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norwich handwoven jute rug from Dash & Albert

I picked out the Norwich handwoven jute rug designed by Mark D. Sikes for Dash & Albert for my dining room for a few reasons.  I like the idea of a flat-woven, durable rug for the dining room and I thought the classic diamond pattern would complement the wall mural without competing with it.  To me, it almost gives a vibe of a painted checkerboard floor, which was often paired with Rufus Porter-style murals.  This is another rug that has held up so well.  This rug has been subjected to pet accidents, muddy shoes, and spills and it has always cleaned up surprisingly well.

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natural chunky jute braided flynn area rug from world market

I bought the runner-size of the Flynn Area rug for our kitchen when a lighter-weight braided jute rug started to fray at the ends.  This rug has been such a workhorse in the kitchen.  It’s a thick, braided jute that has a pad/liner built in the underside, so it’s not as susceptible to fraying or shedding.

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off white handspun jute area rug from rugs usa

For the living room, I wanted an off-white jute rug and went with the off-white handspun jute area rug from Rugs USA.  This is a nice, visually quiet rug with a great texture, but the weave is a little loose than the others.  It works well in a living room, but I wouldn’t suggest it for a dining room or kitchen eating area where chairs are being moved around a lot.  The more open weave means that furniture legs can stick through the gaps.  So, this one gets a thumbs-up from me if it’s used in the right room.  If you want an off-white rug in a tighter weave, the Heather Chenille Jute Rug from Pottery Barn comes in a gray-ish off-white.  THIS ONE also comes in off-white.

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hand braided jute/sisal area rug from wayfair

I have owned several sizes of the hand-braided jute/sisal area rug from Wayfair over the years which I’ve had in my previous home and studio and my current home.  This rug is so versatile and affordable, so I keep going back to it again and again.  It also tons in tons of shapes (square, rectangle, round, oval) and sizes (up to 12 x 18′ rectangle!  I currently have the 8′ round rug in my office and the 3×5′ oval in my foyer.

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In addition to sharing some of my favorite jute rugs all in one place, I thought I would answer a few frequently asked questions that come up when I share about jute rugs…

Do jute rugs shed?  

Yes, they do.  If you have major problems with a dust allergy, jute rugs probably won’t be a good option for you.  For everyone else, though, they shed more in the beginning and then settle down, as is the case with most natural-fiber rugs.  I just give them a good vacuum regularly to keep it in check.

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How do you clean jute rugs?  

I used to only use the floor vacuum attachment for fear of agitating the fibers too much with a rug beater, but over the past couple of years, I’ve started using a rug beater, which really takes care of crumbs, pet hair, loose dirt, and shedding fibers.  For spills and pet accidents, I’ll blot and wipe with a damp cloth and will use Resolve Pet Carpet Cleaner.  Unfortunately, carpet cleaners can discolor some of the natural fiber rugs, but I’ve only had that happen to the one in my office.  Just test it on a small area first.  If the rug gets really stained, you can put it out on the driveway during a breezy, sunny day and powerwash it.  Seriously!  I’ve done that with smaller rugs and they have come out squeaky clean.

Do you use a rug pad? 

Yes, I almost always use a good, felt rug pad to prevent the rug from sliding, to protect the wood floors, to extend the life of the rug, and to make it feel cushy underfoot.  THIS is the kind of rug pad I use.

Are there any questions that I missed?  Which rugs are your go-to favorites for your house?

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22 Comments

  1. Kim

    Yes, here’s a question: What do they FEEL like on bare feet? Are they scratchy or soft? They look like they would be very harsh to walk on.

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    • Marian Parsons

      These are all very soft jute rug options and not scratchy at all. I know just what you’re talking about, though! I’ve had a couple of rugs that were jute/sisal blends and I couldn’t walk on them with bare feet. They hurt!

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  2. tara

    i nannied for a family that had a sort of jute carpet. i’d go barefoot and notice that after a couple of weeks the skin on my feet was shredding. do you think it’s because of it being literally wall-to-wall? i was also walking up and down stairs that were carpeted with the jute-like material.

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    • Marian Parsons

      Some sisal/jute mixes are very tough underfoot, so that might be the case. Our rugs all very very soft under barefeet.

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  3. Carswell

    How do all your jute rugs fare with the cats? I would think that they are appealing surfaces for scratching?

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    • Marian Parsons

      I thought the cats might be interested in the rugs, but they don’t scratch on them at all! It might be because they are softer or our cats just prefer the cardboard scratchers we buy for them.

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    • Jean

      Some jute/sisal rugs might smell when you get them but they usually calm down with vacuuming and acclimation to the other smells in your home. Unless the manufacturer used a strong chemical to bleach the fibers, they “should” be rather bland.

      I have had a number of different rugs at our kitchen doorway and none of them have/had a heavy smell. But the tougher the fiber, I think, the more natural the material. IKEA has a few of the cheaper varieties and I haven’t noticed anything offensive.

      I recommend vacuuming both sides of the rug occasionally to ensure you get at everything trapped in the weave.

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    • Marian Parsons

      I agree with Jean. They can have an earthy/natural smell when you first unroll them in the house, but none of them smell like that beyond a day or two.

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  4. Claire

    I had a jute rug by our front door inside the house and my daughter’s very elderly dog tinkled on it. Figuring it was probably ruined if I could not get the stain and the smell out I tried washing it on the driveway. Once it dried it still had the stain, and was generally discolored from the water and it smelled terrible. I wonder what I did wrong?

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    • Marian Parsons

      Hmmm…did you wash the entire rug or just sections of it? When I’ve washed an entire rug, the stains have come out (they were just spills.) There may be something with the acidity of the dog’s urine.

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  5. Katherine

    just curious about what you mean by “rug beater” ? The old wicker/bamboo version? or is there something else by way of modern update — or are you simply meaning some type of vacuum? THX

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    • Marian Parsons

      Ha, this is probably a couch/sofa, purse/pocketbook sort of thing. We always called the portion of the vacuum with a spinning head a “rug beater.” I used to only use the floor attachment on the jute rugs, but now I use the part of the vacuum that is made for cleaning carpets. I hope that makes sense!

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      • Katherine

        yes — it’s a terminology issue! In this area, we call that the brush head! Thanks for the clarification!

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  6. Marie

    Marian, would you please also guide us on care and cleaning of Persian/oriental rugs? I’ve spent a fortune having them professionally cleaned. I would appreciate the information.TIA

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  7. Suzie Dyer

    How are the rugs to sit or kneel on? Do they hurt your knees?

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    • Suzie Dyer

      do they hurt your knees??

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      • Marian Parsons

        No, they do not hurt your knees. Some of these will shed fibers on clothing, but they are soft to kneel on.

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  8. Catherine

    Hi Marian,
    I have enjoyed this blog on jute rugs and their durability. I have a jute runner that I purchased from IKEA and it is placed in front of my sink and dishwasher and near my stove. I love it, however, I accidentally dropped a greasy something on the carpet and it has left a slight stain. Do you have any tips on what I can use to remove it? I was going to try a little warm water with some Dawn liquid dish detergent. Do you think that is a good idea?

    Any suggestions would be grateful. Thank you. 🇨🇦

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  9. Terry

    I have all wool braided rugs and the “beater” on vacuum is death to the stitching that holds the braids together but I just don’t feel like the floor brush gets them very clean. Thoughts? Vacuum recommendations?

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    • Janine

      I have braided jute rugs throughout my home and I use the power rug attachment (rug beater) of my Miele vacuum with no problems. I have a cat that sometimes throws up and I’ve used Resolve carpet cleaner and it works beautifully. Love the calm that the rugs bring to a room and I can change out throw pillows as often as I want without having a colorful patterned run limit me!

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  10. SueA

    I bought the Walmart rug/runner that you used on your front porch for my second floor balcony and it is lovely. Very thick and I was surprised that it is so soft! One thing worthy of mention is the fact that jute rugs can biodegrade and don’t have to just go to the landfill like plastic. You can even put them down in the garden when they wear out! After jute, my go to favorites are the orientals. I have 6 or so and use them to soften the bamboo floors. I send them to a handwash oriental rug specialty cleaners every decade or so. Otherwise they spot clean just fine if you are gentle. A steam cleaner with a jet attachment is also excellent. I use my Dyson cordless vacuum most always (or my husband does–he’s a vacuum scientist. For big, tough, very dirty, wet or sticky jobs, I get out the wet/dry shop vac. Love the idea of a power wash in the driveway on a hot dry summer day. Thank you for the pad recommendation. I need a pad under a large and aged oriental to help preserve it and the felt will be perfect.

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