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Natural Fiber Rugs

Rugs are an often-overlooked part of decor. But the effect they have on a room’s ambience is stunning. In a way, rugs do for floors what artwork does for walls. They add visual interest and tell the eye where to look. In open-concept living rooms, rugs also define each space, giving them their own identity while keeping things harmonious.

Types of Rugs

Like artwork, there are tons of rug styles that appeal to different kinds of personalities and design themes. At west elm, we even offer custom rugs that fit large, small and irregularly-shaped spaces like a glove. What about natural fiber rugs? What are their advantages?

Adding Warmth

For one thing, using natural rugs adds tremendous warmth to a room. Their texture and tone creates a rustic feel that helps people to relax after a long day, falling asleep in cozy surroundings. Living rooms that already have lots of wood surfaces and accents are a match made in heaven.

Natural fiber rugs are also a way to bring the outdoors inside. Lots of lush plant life, artisanal vases with flowers and dark wood pairs beautifully with this design. Opt for relaxing, neutral tones in wall colors, furniture and bedding, like soft greens, blues and browns.

Layer the Rugs

One idea for making rustic spaces inviting and intimate is to layer different kinds of rugs over each other. For example, start with a large solid rug in a neutral color and place a smaller jute rug over it. Stop there or finish things off with a final, patterned rug. The result is a little bit eclectic and very artistic. Each layer adds interesting textures to the room, giving it the appearance of a seasoned explorer’s personal collection.

Using Contrast

Another way to use natural rugs is to add some softness or warmth as a contrast. A metal coffee table, for example, tends to feel cool with its brilliant industrial surfaces. The same thing goes for all-gray color palettes. They’re gorgeous, but sometimes lack emotional connection. Introducing a natural fiber rug – or fuzzy throw blankets and bright accent pillows – instantly warms things up without altering the room’s flow. Jute woven with wool or chenille is especially soft to the touch.

When it comes to durability, natural rugs like jute can definitely hold their own. Maintenance is mostly limited to vacuuming regularly, and they stay beautiful for a very long time. However, because moisture and jute don’t get along well, natural fiber rugs usually work better indoors. Also, handwoven natural rugs don’t have any kind of backing. Rug pads are important to prevent movement, especially on wood floors and other slick surfaces.

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