Jute | Sisal | Bamboo
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Quick Guide to Natural RugsNatural fibre rugs are part of the ancient rug making story. Decorative floor covering made from bulrushes can be seen in ancient Egyptian wall coverings, and dried grasses were used throughout the ancient world as basic floor coverings. In Britain, rushes or hay were spread over the packed earth floors of peasant homes or the stone floors of grand halls. Later, the British Empire came across the jute, seagrass, coir and other natural fibre rugs from the tropics and sub-tropics. These fibres were often used for under-matting for fine wool rugs, while the coir mat became the ubiqitous doormat.
Jute is one of the ancient materials used for rug making, especially around Northern India (the plant is native to the Indian sub-tropics). From the late Seventeenth Century onwards, the West became aware of jute rugs as the British Empire absorbed India and Indian goods. Jute has always attracted interest for its excellent capacity to hold colour. Today, our collection of jute rugs features a number of distinctive colours - in contrast to the wheat or biscuit colours that are normally associated with natural fibre rugs.
Jute is also can also make for a surprisingly soft natural rug, and is often used in bedrooms where people can walk around barefoot.
Sisal fibre is one of the most popular natural materials for rugs. It is very versatile and was originally best known in twine and rope making. For natural rugs, it offers both softness underfoot, and the toughness to stand heavier traffic areas. Sisal rugs can be made with a wide variety of weaves, and can also be easily dyed - hence they are now available in a range of natural, earth-type colours.