I’ve been asked a lot about my woven jute living room rug on Instagram, so I thought I would write a post about it share the source as well as why I chose it along with a review.
When we had hardwoods installed this summer, I knew I would need to find an area rug for the space. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that rugs are a challenge for me! I have learned that I tend to like quieter rugs and most of the rugs in our house are woven or braided jute. They are relatively inexpensive, forgiving, and hardwearing. They are also not too precious that I freak out over spills and pet accidents (which always happen on rugs or carpets!)
So, when I was looking for a living room rug, I wanted to stay in that world. Some day, I might want to get a beautiful antique wool rug, but for now, an inexpensive, neutral rug was the way to go. I also didn’t want the room to feel too busy with the buffalo checked sofa.
What I like about it…
This woven jute area rug, like the rest in our home, is soft underfoot. It’s not scratchy like some sisal or jute rugs. I like the color and texture. It’s neutral, but the nubby woven texture keeps it from being boring. So far, it’s cleaned up well and is easy to vaccum. I do use a rug beater on our jute rugs (although I used to just use a floor attachment.) The rug beater pulls at the rugs a little bit, but it gets them so much cleaner and it pulls a lot of the “dust” out of the rug that is common in jutes. I have a strong Dyson vacuum and it sucks so much dirt and hair out of those rugs! And, at $393 for an 8 x 10 rug, it’s wasn’t a huge investment.
The only downside to this and just about any woven jute rug, is some of the loops on the rug can come loose. I’ve only seen that happening in one place where the rug is pulled a bit under the leg of the sofa. It hasn’t been from normal wear, though. It even stands up to Sebastian running around when he’s playing with a squeaky bone. And, surprisingly, the cats have left it alone. They don’t scratch on any of my jute rugs.
Oh, and nautral fiber rugs, like this woven jute rug, will shed on clothing. I have found that to be true with wool rugs, too. You’ll get up from sitting or laying on the floor and you’ll be covered in fuzz and fibers. We’ve had jute and wool rugs in our home for years, though, so we’re used to it!
So, if you’re looking for a neutral rug with beautiful texture, this rug might be a winner for you.