Sisal, Jute, Seagrass rugs and differences

Bumblebeez SC Zone 7January 6, 2012

I have never owned a solid color rug before but am thinking of getting a natural fiber rug for the bedroom. (It would look good with my bedding)

I do not know the real differences between these types.

Anything you might warm me about would be helpful!

Particularly, ahmm, we have two small dogs who, occasionally have issues.

Is a stain going to be visible on anything solid colored like these? Wool multi colored rugs have always been my preference for maintaining a clean look.

The area will get quite a bit of foot traffic and I lay on the area all the time playing with the dogs.

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This is timely for me also. I've been thinking of getting one of these type rugs myself. I've never had any of these so I'm curious to know which is more comfortable to walk on/keep clean.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 1:42PM
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Sisal is most prickley, seagrass least but more fragile.....and all are awfully good at absorbing doggie drippings and droppings and being hard to clean, unless you plan on taking them outside and using a hose.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 1:56PM
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Why did I think one of your dogs was big? LOL

I'm not sure which material we have in our sunroom. I wouldn't call it prickley, but there are some that are softer. You might want to investigate which one of the fibers is softest. Ours covers most of the floor out there with a few feet bordering that is uncovered. It is extremely durable. Because of the way it is woven I would think it might be hard to clean. I do have a small dog, but she is house-broken. The most that's been dripped on the rug is water - oh and one of those reed fragrance thingies broke and dripped. I did have to clean the spot several times before it was gone - it looked darker.

I'm not really a rug person. I love my wood floors and the sunroom is the only room we have a rug in that covers a large area. I've never tried (or thought of) using a water hose on mine. It does have the fabric bound edges. I do think they'd be extremely hard to wear out.


    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 2:22PM
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We got our rugs on Overstock, so I'm not sure if they are representative of the fibers mentioned, but...

We got braided jute rugs for the entry/dining/traffic areas of the great room. One 8X10 and 2 6X9s. They are holding up well against my 2 Newfoundlands and 8 year old human. One of the dogs went on an adventure, found a stream, and DD let her in the house, covered in black sticky mud (yes, 125 lbs of black dog covered in black, sticky mud). I confined her to the jute rug nearest the entry way until she dried out and then swept the mud right out the door.

Neither the Dyson nor Miele vacuum has damaged them, although they are getting a couple of pulls here and there. I think they may need the occasional haircut.

They're soft underfoot, I'd like them in my bedroom.

We also got a bound seagrass rug and it is hard as a rock. DD refuses to stand on it in bare feet and I kind of agree with her. I've put it in the seldom-used guest room, just to provide a bit of warmth against the wood floor over crawlspace, but I'd have returned it if return shipping were not so expensive.

Good luck!


1 Like    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 2:46PM
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Do a search on the cote de texas blog. She did a piece on everything you need to know about these rugs and the differences between.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 3:11PM
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Twenty years ago I had a maize rug from Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel. I loved it; it was inexpensive; it had a nice diamond pattern woven in, a fairly broad maize weft with a cotton warp. It was a little scratchy but cushion-y underfoot.

It shed dust underneath but that was okay. Since it was under the kitchen table it was eventually damaged by scraping chairs and food spills and had to be tossed.

Now I want two for my summer rugs in the bedroom and no one makes or sells maize rugs as far as I can see. Sea grass is much greener. This was a nice bright creamy off-white.

The other rugs always seem to have latex backings and I'm allergic.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 3:48PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Thank you everyone! Your input has been wildly helpful and I'll check out the cote blog too.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 4:38PM
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This is a jute rug I have been considering - no latex backing, yay.

Here is a link that might be useful: diamond pattern jute rug, reversible

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 5:21PM
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I was also going to suggest the Cote de Texas blog. That's where I got my info when I was researching the same thing. My memory is that seagrass is easy to keep clean, but it is uncomfortable to walk on barefoot. It does get a little better with use, but never soft. Sisal, which is much softer, stains easy.

Here is the post for you.

Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cote de Texas sisal vs seagrass

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 6:08PM
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I just got 2 jute rugs and they are soft on our barefeet.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 6:32PM
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I think a lot of the softness might depend on the weave. I've had 4 or five of these rugs and they all feel different even if they are made of the same material.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 7:32PM
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whatever mine is, it is not green at all, nor yellow. No latex backing. I thought most of the seagrass/jute/sisal were not backed - in fact are reversible? I think mine must either be sisal or jute.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 8:00PM
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Sisal is rough so I've never bought it. Seagrass is also hard but smooth and not prickly. I've used it in the dining room and it's very durable. Everything just wipes off or vacuums up. Braided jute is the softest. it does shed with high traffic and it does stain, but wears pretty well. I have 2 jute rugs in the kitchen. They were very inexpensive so if I need to replace them in a few years- no big deal.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 12:11AM
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