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Buyer's Guide to Natural Fibre Rugs

If you’re a regular reader of the Rugs Direct blog, you’ll know how much we love our natural fibre rugs. In past features we’ve covered the benefits of choosing natural fibre over synthetic, so for today’s post we’d like to get into the specifics. With that said, here is your one-stop guide to all of the material types of natural fibre rugs on the market today.


The sisal plant has been in use by we humans for literally centuries – and for good reason. The makeup of the plants leaves is very tough and naturally stiff, meaning it makes for a great raw material for many products. Sisal is used in everything from paintbrushes to paper, dartboards to (you guessed it) rugs! Sisal is a versatile material that is perfect for use in rugs that will be used in busy environments with lots of foot-traffic. Its colour is naturally earthy and brown, but it can be found in a variety of dyed shades. If you want a rug that will really stand the test of time, you can’t go wrong with a sisal natural fibre rug.


The natural fibre known as jute is one that you might not know by name, but you’re sure to have had contact with in the past. Derived from the Corchorus plant, Jute is second only to wool in terms of how much of the fibre is produced globally. It is a very tough and hardwearing fibre, much like sisal, however it can be produced more cheaply and if treated in a certain way, can also become very soft. When it comes to natural fibre rugs, jute is a great choice of material because it offers a blend of benefits including a long life-span as well as a soft and lustrous pile. The softness of the piece depends on the rug in question, but generally a natural jute rug will be softer underfoot than other durable natural fibres.


Wool truly is the king among natural fibres. It’s the most produced of all materials in this category, and it’s also one of the most popular choices when it comes to the global rug industry. That stat will come as no surprise when you consider the fact that wool is one of the softest yet most durable fabrics, is easy to clean, stain-resistant, and has a very long lifespan. Wool really does bring all of the benefits you’d want in a natural fibre rug, and it’s also incredibly versatile. That means that wool rugs can be found in countless shapes, sizes and colours. You’ll find a huge selection of natural wool rugs right here at Rugs Direct.

Explore the site now to discover more natural fibre rugs, or simply call our friendly team today on 0845 838 8638.

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