Everything You Need to Know About Jute Rugs

It’s a new week my friends! Are you all bright-eyed and ready to take on the world this morning? I sure as heck am. And I hope you are too. We had a pretty good weekend around here. However, I will say it was a tad bit too busy for my liking. On top of a bunch of random things that kept us running around like crazy, we also had family photos yesterday. And let’s just say that my sweet Ava Pearl wasn’t too thrilled about having her photo taken. Nope, not at all. She cried through almost the entire session. It was not good. Baby girl was definitely wearing her cranky pants. But we somehow made it through and I’m just crossing my fingers that we got at least one or two decent photos out of it. Oy. Why does it always happen that way? We seriously have the worst luck with family photos. Anyway, I’ll tell you guys more about all that fun later. Let’s get on to today’s post, shall we? Today I’m sharing everything you need to know about jute rugs. I get sooooo many questions about the large jute rug in our front room, so I figured it would be good to share the pros and cons I’ve discovered after a year of owning one myself. I have lots to say, but before I get into my review let me show you the two jute rugs we currently have in our home.

Everything You Need to Know About Jute Rugs. A full review with the pros and cons of owning a jute rug.

First up is this large jute rug, which I got about a year ago on clearance from Pier 1. (And it’s still on clearance now!) This is actually hand woven and the size on this one is 5×8.

Everything You Need to Know About Jute Rugs. A full review with the pros and cons of owning a jute rug.

I also have a smaller one from Target that is currently at our back door.

Everything You Need to Know About Jute Rugs. A full review with the pros and cons of owning a jute rug.

Everything You Need to Know About Jute Rugs. A full review with the pros and cons of owning a jute rug.

Ok, here a few things that aren’t so great about jute rugs:

  • I think the biggest drawback to any jute rug is the shedding. Most people that own a jute rug would probably agree with me on this one. However, it really hasn’t really been a huge issue with our rug. I mean, fibers do come off here and there, but I’ve found the majority of the shedding is usually hidden underneath the rug. Thankfully it’s super easy to clean up, but it’s definitely something to be aware of before you purchase a jute rug. You can see the how fibers collect under the rug in the photo below. It looks like dirt but it’s actually a bunch of little fibers:

Everything You Need to Know About Jute Rugs. A full review with the pros and cons of owning a jute rug.

  • Unlike a rug made of are synthetic fibers, just rugs can feel a bit scratchy–especially if they are 100% jute. However you can find jute rugs that are mixed with other fibers, like chenille, and those are typically much softer. Our is actually pretty soft, and it’s getting softer with more wear, but I wouldn’t say it’s something you’d want to crawl around. Just don’t get a 100% jute rug if you’re looking for something super soft and plush.
  • Another con for me is the fact that jute rugs tend to slide around super easily on tile or hardwood floors. Obviously all rugs move around on a slick surface, unless it has a non-slip backing, but I’ve found that jute rugs tend to do this a bit more. This can be easily fixed by placing furniture on the rug so it doesn’t move around, or you can use rug gripper tape to secure it in place. And PS: that tape is also good for those pesky corners of the rug that never want to lay flat.
  • Lastly, you are somewhat limited on where you can put a jute rug in your home. They aren’t meant to absorb water, so I wouldn’t use one in the bathroom or even the kitchen.

Everything You Need to Know About Jute Rugs. A full review with the pros and cons of owning a jute rug.

Now to the good stuff. Here’s a few things I love about jute rugs:

  • Jute rugs are a great way to add texture and warmth to any room. Their neutral color and tone means they are super versatile and can blend well with just about any style.
  • They’re affordable! I’ve found that rugs are usually much less expensive than other rugs of the same size.
  • Jute rugs a great option if you are looking for a rug that doesn’t compete with different patterns, such as striped curtains, floral bedding, or pillows with geometric shapes.
  • Jute rugs are super low maintenance and can be easily vacuumed or spot cleaned as needed.
  • They’re beautiful. Call me crazy, but I think jute rugs look really classy and polished. They’re never going to go out of style.
  • And lastly, jute rugs are very durable, which is great if you have little people running around or pets. After nearly one year of use, I’ve found our jute rug to be resistant to stains and it doesn’t show wear and tear like other rugs do. It really looks as good as it did on the day we brought it home. That’s a BIG fat plus for me.

Well I hope that answers all of your questions and tells you everything you need to know about jute rugs. I have to say, after nearly a year of owning our jute rug, I honestly love it. I really didn’t know what to expect when I initially bought it, but I’ve been really happy with it and I’d definitely buy it again. Overall I think jute rugs are an awesome, affordable option. And even with a little bit of shedding, I think the pros far outweigh the cons. They’re low maintenance, beautiful, and sure to bring lots of warmth and texture to any room. Plus they make a great foundation for just about any decor style and they’re especially good for my fellow farmhouse loving gals.

That’s a wrap my friends! Pease let me know if I didn’t cover something you’re curious about when it comes to jute rugs. I am always happy to help.

Thanks so much for dropping in today! You guys are the bee’s knees. xoxo

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  1. 8.28.17
    Linda of No.Cal. said:

    THANK YOU… great info !! Linda of No.Cal.

  2. 8.28.17
    Bev said:

    I have had mine 2 years now, at one point it loo k ed dirty. So I drug that thing from the living room to the outside porch rail, hung it over it and used the hose to clean it. To get out the dirty areas I filled a pitCher with cool water and dish detergent and poured it over it and rinsed and rinsed. After a few days of drying it was flexible and softer. Now it hardly sheds to the point that if/when I get another one I will hose it down before bringing it into the house.I think that it was not shedding but rather dropping out little pieces of jute which broke off during the weaving process.

  3. 8.28.17
    Stephanie Anne Harvey said:

    Where did you get the cute round table? I love your room.

  4. 8.28.17

    I have a jute rug from Pier 1 and I always thought it was dirt under there and couldn’t figure out how we had so much dirt! Great post. Thanks!

  5. 8.28.17

    I loved this post. I’ve been thinking about getting a jute rug and have been worried about it not being fuzzy. We love the fuzzy rugs, so I think I’ve decided to get one for underneath our dining room table, which desperately needs a rug! I’d love to see you do a post on how to clean jute rugs. That is one thing that I’m wondering about because I can’t shampoo it like my other rugs 🙂

  6. 8.28.17
    Kim said:

    Totally agree I own two as well and I just bought the anti slip matts to go under then and have had no problem. Some matts can be a bit pricey but I got mine at big lots super cheap and they work great. Buy a big one and cut it in half for extra savings and use for two rugs.
    Rugs USA.com has some beautiful jute rugs and overstock has them on sale right now.

  7. 8.28.17
    Robin B said:

    I have s jute rug I bought at IKEA for in my family room. I love it… however I have 2 labs…can you vacuum them? Kinda worried about the fibers with the beater brush from the vacuum. So I only bring it out when company comes.. which is silly cause it’s about 9×12!

    • 8.28.17
      Sarah said:

      I’ve always vacuumed my rug and it seems to do just fine!

  8. 8.29.17
    Sharon said:

    I’m thinking of buying a new rug for my living room and want to go more farmhouse style. Is a jute rug the best option to go with for a farmhouse look? Love your blog and look forward to it every day x

  9. 8.29.17
    Jane said:

    Love the jute rug I have in my den…I was told it was more durable than sisal and sea grass and it sure is. Yours is much lighter than mine – at least the weave. Wondering what you use to clean up a spill or stain?

    I sure do agree about all the good stuff…the price and how they go with every sort of style and color scheme. Have you ever gone to Natural Area Rugs website? Fantastic!!

    Jane x

  10. 10.26.17

    I want to thank sharing about jute Rugs Information. I’ve heard nothing but advantages of them, and they’ve been in the wish list for a while. Our current sofas are from Ashley Household furniture from the New Collection and we really like and love those. You can also find much plus more stylist and new design Jute rugs at Fab Habitat Sydney, Australia https://www.fabhabitat.com.au

  11. 5.30.21
    Judy Glaze said:

    I have an 8×10 jute rug. I’d like to put an little bit smaller rug on top. Do I need a rug pad on top of the jute to keep the top rug from moving… please help!!

  12. 12.29.23
    Sue Moran said:

    I want to place my rug in a different room now, but it is too large by at least 2 feet, am I able to cut the rug myself or should I have it done at a carpet store?