Monday, October 28, 2013

Jute Living Room Rug

If you've been reading my blog for a while you may have heard me lament my front room's awkward layout before. It tends to feel like a big square hallway dominated by multiple doorways and a piano, which makes it hard to use large furniture pieces without interrupting the multiple flows of traffic.

My challenge was to make the front room feel more like a room, especially one that people would like to spend time in. The first idea I had was to get a big rug to help anchor the space, so I started speaking with the people over at Rugs USA and they were kind enough to send me a rug of my choice!


I picked this 9' x 12' jute rug with a beige border. I love the classic, casual look of natural fiber area rugs, and I knew I wanted a neutral border that would blend in.


I feel like the rug plays a huge role in making my front room feel like one cohesive space instead of a collection of small furniture groupings in opposite corners of the room. There's still plenty of space for the heavy traffic patterns the front room sees, without it feeling thrown together or disjointed.


As for this specific rug, here's the lowdown now that I've been living with it for a couple months:

The Good:
  • I love the color and the texture that the natural fibers bring to the space!
  • Did I mention that it's a great size? Big rugs can make a room.
  • The jute doesn't shed -- I love this. Our last jute rug was a nightmare.
  • No lasting smell! This is another complaint I've seen for natural rugs. When I opened it, I could smell a rubbery-smell that most likely came from the backing, but it was gone in a day or two.
  • It's surprisingly soft -- not plush, but pleasant enough for bare feet or lying down to play a game with kids.

The Bad:
  • The fibers catch all manners of pet hair -- easily vacuumed, but it definitely doesn't hide anything.
  • The rug stains with water -- a characteristic of a lot of jute rugs, from my understanding. There are products out there to clean spills, but I won't lie: I had water spots on it within a week of having it in my house... such is the life with kids and pets.

The verdict:
  • I was worried at the beginning with the water spots, but the longer the rug has lived in my house (and the more regular dirt/wear and tear it's accumulated), the less noticeable the spots are.  It's developed a sort of rug patina. Ha!
  • I really, really like it. A rug like this is probably not for you if you have lots of kids and pets and a high traffic house (all of which apply to me) and you lose your mind when your house looks like people actually live in it (not me). It works great for us!

Do you have natural fiber rugs in your house? Do you love them? Hate them? Have tips for getting stains up? Lay it on me!

P.S. Rugs USA always has great sales on their rugs -- I've seen discount codes for up to 70% off before. It's a great website to bookmark!

P.P.S. If you're thinking more about a natural area rug, Lauren Liess at Pure Style Home wrote a great post about the differences between materials, their upkeep, etc. It's a great place to start!

P.P.S. Go check out the front room reveal if you want more pictures!

P.P.P.S. I'm done now.

P.P.P.P.S. Promise.

22 comments:

  1. Wow! The rug definitely ties the room all together. I wasn't crazy about the room in your last set of pictures, but now I want to copy the whole room for my own! I love it!!! :)

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  2. Sorry, I meant the pictures when you were showing the board and batten and painting in that room not your last set of pictures :)

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  3. I've got two big natural fiber rugs in our new house, both from Pottery Barn. The Mason Boucle Jute rug lives in our living room, and the Owen Herringbone Jute rug lives in our bedroom. Husband was not sold on natural fiber at all, as he thought it would be horribly scratchy, but I pulled rank and ordered them. Now that they're in, and we've been living with them for a month--I absolutely love them! Being both quite textured, I haven't noticed a single stain on either yet--and that's with three dogs and one household klutz (guilty!). I'm seriously wishing I'd gone with another natural fiber for where the dogs come in from the yard, as the flatweave I got is covered in doggy footprints now! Love how your rug looks. Well chosen, Missus!

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  4. I should've added that they're surprisingly comfortable, and not at all scratchy.

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  5. I've had it with Rugs USA - I ordered a supposed "natural fiber" all wool rug from them but one year in, the glue on the backing is degrading and giving off toxic and carcinogenic gasses, to the point that I get a headache in the room. Rugs USA will not take a return or ever offer a partial refund or credit, but the one year old rug is ruined to the point where I can't even give it away to anyone and will probably have to pay a disposal fee at the dump. Be careful if you're thinking about ordering from them.

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