If you are planning to brighten up your home using rugs as an accent, consider going in for ones made of natural fibers. Besides being an eco-friendly option, rugs created from natural materials offer all sorts of other advantages. Let us look at some of these advantages and the kinds of natural fiber rugs available – you’ll probably be getting some of them yourself soon when you see how nice a natural rug can be!
A primary plus point of natural fiber rugs is its non-toxicity. They are made without polymers – chemicals used for artificial rugs that cause pollution, therefore hazardous to the environment. Natural fiber rugs don’t only look nice but they are long lasting and health-friendly.
Natural fiber rugs are in the forms of wool, hemp, coir, sisal, mountain and sea grass, bamboo, jute and paper.
Bamboo has been a widely used plant for centuries. It has been around for such a long time that a lot of products are made from or partially integrated with bamboo. Rugs made from this plant are popular because of the strong material that lasts for a long time. Bamboo has a pale tan color and the same is seen with its rugs. However, the color can be stained into a darker tone for a more striking look. Bamboo rugs are made with cotton cloth.
Sisal rugs, another natural-made rug, are long lasting too. Sisal is from a plant native to Africa and Brazil called Agave sisalana, hence the name. The rugs are made by forming the fibers into a flexible and sturdy rope that holds the rug together. This kind is preferred by many because of its resistance to stain, so spilled wine wouldn’t be much of a problem. It also doesn’t have static electricity common to other rugs especially the artificially made ones. Sisal rugs also go well with other fibers like sea grass and wool. One reminder though – avoid using this rug in wet-prone places like the kitchen and the bathroom as it doesn’t have good absorption quality.
The third fiber is coir made from coconut husk. Similar to sisal rugs, the fiber is formed together into a rope and then woven to make rugs. An advantage of this material is that it can be very easily dyed into various beautiful colors.
Hemp is another fiber that is highly useful and adaptable making it an ideal material for manufacturing goods like rugs. Hemp rugs are best for areas exposed to water, static and stains due to its resistant quality.
Jute rugs are usually cheap, so if you plan to hoard on natural rugs, you can hit the sky with this one. No worries though for you will not be sacrificing quality with a bargain. Jute rugs are well woven and strong despite its soft texture. Jute, the fiber it’s been made, is very soft. And aside from rugs, it is often used for producing bags, sacks and mats.
There are plenty of other kinds of natural fiber rugs. Paper rugs are pleasantly smooth, and are sturdy and attractive as well. Sea grass is the most economical material used for rugs, and such rugs are smooth, shiny and long-lasting. Mountain grass rugs are hard and durable – they look almost like wood.
So there is plenty to choose from as far as natural fiber rugs are concerned – pick one out for your home today!