For a relatively low price point, natural fibers provide exceptional layering power and a pretty heavy-hitting surface. We recommend sisal, jute or seagrass in just about every project we do because it brings the element of the outside in.
Lauren referred me to Fibreworks a while back for wall-to-wall installations and their site gives a really good definition on each fiber's attributes. I put together a little eye chart with their definitions.
By now, there aren't many strangers to the natural fiber rug, but there are a lot of people keeping a look out for the best deal, like myself. I love jute for its knobby appearance and softer texture so I just upgraded to a nice braided one! For my household, the looser weave on the jute rugs is more forgiving to stains and spills and can withstand a good scrubbing without changing the appearance. The tighter weaves can be a bit harder to spot-treat.
Our favorite natural fibers for UNDER $200:
1 - Rugs USA Handspun Jute (really good sale going on right now!)
2 - Rugs USA Maui Chunky Loop (really good sale going on right now!)
3 - Ikea Tarnby Jute
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