Jute Area Rugs
Although jute may best be known as what’s on the back of your rug, it is a great minimalist choice for accent and area rugs because it is a fiber that is easily dyed and woven or made into braided rugs that are not only delicate to the touch but durable because they are naturally stain resistant and good for homes where there are pets and young children.
Jute area rugs can best be cleaned by hand with a cloth or lightly shaken, and not subjected to steam cleaning or rough vacuuming. Just try not to get these area rugs wet. They absorb moisture quickly and can rot. This applies to all the area rugs that are left in their most natural states, even bamboo and sisal if untreated or unprotected. Jute rugs are biodegradable and made from a renewable resource.
Other Environmentally Friendly Area Rugs
Another way to be environmentally conscious while selecting a rug is to choose a vintage rug and therefore recycle something that might end up in a dump. There are lots of vintage braided rugs from the turn of the century and even some only 20 or 30 years old but have already acquired character. You needn’t buy a new rug to be contemporary!
When buying an antique or vintage rug you may have to consider a couple issues. Is it in good condition or will it need some restoration? One way to check is to look at the back. Is the backing lose? Does it have mildew or water stains? Are the edges of the vintage area rug frayed? Are their holes from rats’ nibbling along the edge or is the hole in the centre? Remember rug restoration is possible, but it can be expensive. Just calculate any restoration costs into what appears to be your cheap carpet find before you think you have too good a deal to pass up.
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