Jute or Sisal? Which Rug is Right for You?

Jute or Sisal? Which Rug is Right for You?

Both sisal and jute are fibers extracted from organic plants. If you’re looking for a “natural” looking rug, one of these if probably what you need. What I love about using a sisal or jute rug in my design projects is it’s a great way to incorporate texture and bring an earthy balance to a space. They are neutral in color so you can add them to almost any color palette.

Jute and sisal are also super transitional in style – you can incorporate them in just about any design style effortlessly. Try pairing these rugs with a velvet chair for the most beautiful combination.

Both rugs require little maintenance since they don’t absorb dirt. A quick shake or sweep will do the trick when they need cleaning. I usually vacuum mine on the lowest setting.

Here are a few helpful facts you need to know when selecting which one is right for you:


  1. The soft and waxy vegetable fiber are taken from the stalks of the Corchorus plant and are generally beige or golden in color. With the natural variation in shades, woven jute is distinctively different. The fibers are left to soak and soften up in water for days before being processed, resulting in a soft, cotton like feel.
  2. A jute rug is ideal where traffic areas are not very high. It is also best in rooms where you may be walking in bare feet.
  3. It is a typically less expensive than sisal.
  4. The material is not tolerant of water.

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  1. Sisal is off-white or creamy in color. It comes from the long green leaves of the cactus plant agave, Sisalana, and is stronger than other natural fibers.
  2. The fiber is more durable than jute.
  3. While not as as soft to the touch, sisal’s coarse, slightly scratchy feel can be ideal for high traffic areas. Keep your shoes on for comfort, though!
  4. Sisal is more of an investment piece, as it has more longevity than Jute.
  5. The material is flame retardant, anti-static, and sound absorbent – ideal for kids’ rooms!
  6. Like jute, sisal is not tolerant of water.

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To see more examples of jute and sisal in a space, head on over to my cozy, modern Boston waterfront project. Or let me know how I can help you with your next rug or carpet installation!




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