Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Natural Fiber Rugs

I'm having a love affair with seagrass right now, a seagrass rug to be specific.  Natural rugs have have been making a resurgence.  I love them for their classic looks and modern simplicity, and the fact that work with virtually any color scheme and style preference.  

These natural rugs have been championed by environmentalists because of their renewable resource status. Although wool rugs can also be considered a renewable resource, the resources required to feed a sheep to produce wool is far greater than the resources required to grow natural fibers.  Natural fibers used for rug and carpet production are: wool, silk, sisal, hemp, jute, bamboo, seagrass and cotton.

Moroccan Dhurrie rug from Overstock.com

Sisal, hemp, jute, bamboo and seagrass are used mainly for rugs and area rugs, usually in a flat-weave. 
Hemp Rug from Overstock.com
Sisal is stronger than hemp and jute, with the last being not well suited for high traffic areas. These plant fibers are naturally anti-static and flame-resistant. They are also good thermal and acoustic insulators. You can find a 5'x8' rug for less than $150 on Overstock.com and Wayfair.com and that sounds like a good deal to me! 




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