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!
In general, the advantages of natural fiber rugs include non-toxicity – polymers used for artificial rugs are very harmful to the environment since they release toxins into water and air, causing dangerous pollution. Also, these rugs are hard-wearing, economical and can help reduce noise. And, of course, they look great!
There are various types of natural fibers used in the manufacture of rugs. The common ones are wool, bamboo, sisal, hemp, jute, sea grass, mountain grass and even paper.
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.
Sisal rugs are resilient and long-lasting, too. Sisal is a fiber from the cactus Agave sisalana, native to Africa and Brazil. The fibers are formed into flexible, strong rope, and this rope is used to make beautiful rugs, that add appeal to any working or living space. People like using sisal rugs because they are resistant to stains, and do not accumulate static electricity. From a rug maker’s point of view, sisal goes very well with other fibers and can be used to make combination rugs with materials like sea grass and wool. These rugs shouldn’t be used in wet or moist areas like bathrooms or kitchens.
Coir, a material made from the husk of a coconut, is drawn into rope and woven into rugs. Coir can easily be dyed, so these rugs come in a wide range of striking designs and colors.
Another excellent natural material for rugs is hemp. This highly versatile plant has qualities that make it ideal as a rug material – it is resistant to static, water and stains. Hemp rugs are very comfortable, too.
Jute is a soft, natural fiber that is used for a variety of purposes from bags and sacks to mats and rugs. Since it is so soft, it is better not to use them where people move around a lot, but is highly tensile, so the rugs tend to be well woven and strong. Jute is a good insulator as well, and very cheap to produce, so jute rugs are generally inexpensive.
There are plenty of other kinds of natural fiber rugs. Paper rugs are pleasantly smooth, and are sturdy and attractive as well. Sea grass is the most economical material used for rugs, and such rugs are smooth, shiny and long-lasting. Mountain grass rugs are hard and durable – they look almost like wood.
So there is plenty to choose from as far as natural fiber rugs are concerned – pick one out for your home today!