If you’re looking for a natural and inexpensive rug, jute might be right for you. This mysterious magic material has a lot going for it, but it does have some downsides.

Here’s what you’ll want to know before you buy:

How it feels underfoot
You might think it would be tough and kind of scratchy like burlap, but it’s actually very soft. Not as amazingly soft as wool, but pretty good considering how much cheaper it is than a wool rug. I also love its unique texture; rustic and organic, like you’re walking on soft grass.

We bought one about 6 months ago for a kids’ room and we play on it almost every day, so I get the chance to feel it a lot. I’ve added a rug mat underneath, to ensure it doesn’t slide and to add some extra cushion.

What they look like
I was concerned that it was going to look bland against the wood floor, but it actually adds a lovely colour. The tone is warm and natural. It pairs well with any wall colour, adding more texture than colour. Perfect if you have a bold palate in a room and want something organic but interesting.

How to clean
Like all natural rugs, cleaning them is the tricky part. The fibres absorb moisture and may discolour, so a dry cleaning method is recommended. Baking soda can be used to absorb spills and then vacuumed up. Not ideal for real stains caused by spilled drinks or two-year-old’s shenanigans.

Spot cleaning is really easy though. A simple vinegar & water mixture can be sprayed on and then wiped off. Just make sure the moisture is immediately removed to avoid discolouration and air dry the rug completely.

How they wear
Jute rugs are made using a tightly woven technique. The weave is very tight, but it can still pull. This makes it a bad option if you have pets with claws that can snag.

You also want to avoid putting it under furniture feet because this will cause premature wear and tear. This is kind of limiting, because it looks so great under a couch or a bed. To accommodate, you could layer it over another small synthetic or wool rug.

The fibres are strong but will wear down quickly in a high-trafficked area, like a front entrance or a hallway. However, it’s perfect for a bedroom or office.

Are they eco-friendly?
Yes(ish). Jute rugs have a lot going for them in the sustainability category; often grown without fertilizers and pesticides, natural, mostly hand-made, and biodegradable. They’re definitely one of the best rug options out there for the environment.

A big problem is that they’re often ditched after a short life because they’re put in a bad spot and worn or stained, and end up in a landfill. If treated disposably they’re not so good for the environment.

I highly recommend these wonderful little rugs, but make sure you put them in the right place and no spills please!

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