Nature’s Way: Natural Rugs

Nature's Way: Natural Rugs
by Jessie Balton

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!

Foremost in the list is hazard-free. Rugs made of natural fiber are non-toxic without polymers which is harmful to the environment. Polymers release toxins, which in turn cause air and water pollution. Natural fiber rugs are cheaper and without a doubt, pleasing to the eyes.

The most popular fibers used in the production of eco-friendly rugs are bamboo, sisal, coir, hemp, jute, paper, sea grass and mountain grass. Below are their benefits:

Bamboo has been a widely used in countries like India and China for centuries. This fast-growing plant is an ideal, sustainable source of material, and bamboo rugs are very popular nowadays, partly because of this, and partly because they are so attractive. Bamboo’s natural color is a pale tan, but it can be stained into a darker shade for a different effect. Usually, bamboo rugs are backed with cotton cloth. They are resilient, moisture-resistant, durable, and easy to clean.

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Next is the fiber sisal from the cactus Agave sisalana. You will find this plant in abundance in its native habitat of Africa and Brazil. The sisal rugs are made by forming the fibers into a supple rope. They also pride of longevity and sustainability. Impressive characteristics of sisal rugs are their resistance to stains and their ability to match well with other fibers that can be used for producing combination natural rugs. The downside? Sisal rugs don’t really work well with water, so they shouldn’t be used in the bathroom and the kitchen.

The third fiber is coir produced 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 is a fiber known for its soft feature hence, rugs produced from this material is not best suited for high-traffic areas where there are a lot of people moving about. But jute rugs are durable and well crafted, so they can also sustain their worth. The best part is that because jute rugs are cheap to produce, they are one of the most economical natural fiber rugs in the market.

Paper rugs are smooth like real papers but durable too. Sea grass rugs are also inexpensive, long lasting and smooth. Finally, mountain grass rugs are just as strong and durable. This type almost looks like wood.

Going natural couldn’t have been more convenient and affordable. Try one now and transform your home not just into a more attractive abode but environment-friendly at the same time. A simple act can make a world of difference.

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