About Natural Fiber Rugs
What are natural fiber rugs?
A natural fiber is derived from natural sources like grasses, plants, animal hides or wool. These fibers are harvested and transformed into materials that can be crafted or woven into a myriad of products, including rugs. In our collection of natural fiber area rugs, we highlight weaves made from sisal, seagrass, jute, coir, abaca and leather. These natural fiber rugs have an intrinsic beauty and design versatility that make them a favorite among our design clients.
You can learn more about each fiber’s characteristics, including durability, sustainability and ideal use, by exploring our individual collection pages:
- Sisal is one of the most durable and popular natural fibers. Made from the agave plant, sisal rugs have soothing colorways, inviting patterns and arresting textures.
- Jute rugs are thick and chunky, with a softness that is irresistible.
- The ultimate in durability is coir—a tough fiber from the coconut husk with a deep golden hue—that makes hard wearing rugs or tiles.
- Seagrass rugs have sleek, non-porous fibers that resist staining, feel smooth underfoot and create captivating rugs.
- A wool area rug or wool carpet installed wall-to-wall amps up the coziness and warmth in any room. Wool is renewable, natural, beautiful and durable.
Which rug material is right for my lifestyle?
If you need to know how to buy a rug online, which material is right for your lifestyle, or what size rug to purchase, head over to our Rug Buying Guide - Everything You Need to Know.
Is a natural fiber rug right for me?
Lifestyle is an important consideration when deciding on floor coverings. Do you have a lively household, bustling with children or pets? Are dinner parties replete with wine a regular event in your home? Do you desire natural, non-toxic furnishings? Natural fibers like sisal, jute and seagrass are known for their sustainability, non-toxicity and biodegradability. These rugs are durable, but keeping them stain-free can be a challenge.
Even in a bustling household, office or shop, you can still elevate your decor with the organic qualities you want. Here are a few ideas to bring the natural fiber look into your space with added peace of mind:
- Sisal Guard is a spray-on sealant for natural fiber rugs that will act as a barrier to reduce the rate at which the natural fibers absorb liquid. Applying Sisal Guard will not guarantee that your sisal will never stain, but it will reduce the chances should a spill occur.
- Sisal Tiles are a cost-effective and flexible way to cover floors with sisal. Since tiles are modular, you can create any shape rug or pattern, even to fit oddly shaped spaces. If a tile becomes stained or damaged, you can easily swap it out for a new tile.
- Stain-resistant sisal has all the texture and appeal of sisal but is coated with a stain-resistant and fire-retardant material before being woven into carpet. SISALplus is our line of stain-resistant sisal carpet that showcases all that you love about natural fiber rugs, including soothing colors and classic woven structures.
- SynSisal® is our exclusive collection of synthetic sisal made from regenerated nylon recovered from the ocean. With SynSisal®, you can have the sisal-look with contract grade durability, softness underfoot, stain resistance, and beautiful colorways and patterns.
Still need help deciding which rug material is right for you and your space? Our Rug Materials Comparison Chart is a great resource.
Are natural fiber rugs soft?
The feel of a rug or carpet underfoot is an important consideration. Sisal is a coarser fiber and some people find it too rough for bare feet. Look to our chunkier sisal weaves such as Munich or Berlin for a softer feel underfoot—these weaves have a smoother surface that will continue to soften overtime. Also, our sisal-blends weave cozy wool and premium sisal into arresting patterns for a more gentle feel underneath. Seagrass and jute carpets are softer than sisal, but if you want a plush, cushiony feel for your feet, nothing beats our collection of wool carpet.
Will a natural fiber carpet or rug fit my decor style?
Natural fiber rugs grace the spaces of many different kinds of living situations and design styles. Discover the right weave for your dream interior with our curated collections and these inspired ideas:
- A custom made leather rug or the gorgeous Abaca from Limited Edition makes a sensational statement in an urban industrial loft or an elegant penthouse apartment.
- Seagrass rugs are a standard in homes with coastal glamour, cottage or traditional interiors. Calypso Seagrass is a beautiful foundation for any room.
- A tiger-eye construction as seen in Dragon Grass or Monoblet creates a rug with generous texture that melds well with modern farmhouse, contemporary or scandi design.
- If organic modern or Asian zen is your vibe, a soothing seagrass like Biscayne or the texture-rich Fiji Jute are flawless choices.
- Chevron and herringbone carpet bring a vintage charm to contemporary spaces, recalling the elegant parquet wood floors of grand hotels and mid-century houses.
Are natural fiber rugs easy to clean?
Sisal and other natural fiber floor coverings require diligent upkeep. We recommend regular vacuuming to remove dirt and dust from the rug fibers, a no shoes in the house policy and a walk-off mat upon entry into your home or business. Spills and accidents must be attended to promptly, as staining can happen quickly.
For an added layer of protection, you may choose to apply Sisal-Guard, a spray-on sealant for natural fiber rugs and carpet that will act as a barrier to reduce the risk of staining. All of our weaves come with guidelines for care and maintenance that are accessible under the Care tab on each weave page.
If this level of care seems daunting, find the right fit for your lifestyle by exploring our SISALplus family, our exclusive SynSisal® collection or any of our synthetic rugs. These weaves offer additional stain protection, myriad patterns and textures, and the natural-look you want.
Are natural fiber rugs durable?
Sisal and coir are among the most durable and tough natural fibers. Seagrass ranks up there as well, while jute is slightly softer. Sisal, coir and seagrass stand up to heavy traffic in entry ways, hallways, stairs, living rooms and other gathering spaces. Contract Coir is a blend of coir and sisal and ideal for contract grade use in boutiques, offices and stylish shops. Our stain-resistant SISALplus family carries contract grade ratings and an array of tonal colorways in classic sisal construction.
What is Unbacked Sisal?
Unbacked sisal is woven sisal that has no applied backing, like latex, on the underside and is not intended to be used as a floor covering. Unbacked sisal is used as a wall covering to add visual interest, protect walls and absorb sound in commercial settings, offices, boutique shops and hospitality spaces.
layers of textures create an organic style
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natural fiber area rugs for a serene foundation