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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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