Sisal vs. Jute: Which Natural Fiber Rug is Right for You?

If you’re considering natural fiber rugs for your space, chances are you’ve heard of two of the most popular options: sisal rugs and jute rugs. While these lookalikes have a lot in common, they also each come with their own set of unique pros and cons. Here, we help you decide between the sisal rug and the jute rug with a quick overview of key considerations for your flooring.

Is it durable?
Made from the leaves of the Mexican agave plant, sisal is one of the strongest natural fiber rugs you can find (which is why it’s often used to make rope). Jute, on the other hand, is made from the stalks of jute plants native to India and Bangladesh, and it’s one of the softest natural fibers used for rugs. For a durable area rug or runner in high-traffic areas like the living room, dining room, hallways and entryway, skip jute and go for sisal.

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Is it comfortable?
Naturally, the tougher, stiffer fibers of sisal rugs are not as comfy as the soft fibers of jute rugs. For a rug that’s softer underfoot in quieter areas of the home like your bedroom or office, choose a jute rug.

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Can it handle moisture?
One thing sisal and jute rugs have in common is their absorbent, natural fibers. Because of this, both should be kept away from highly moist areas and harsh chemical cleaners. Keep them out of the bathroom and indoor-outdoor spaces like the porch. In case of spills, don’t rub it in — just gently blot to lift the stain away.

Sisal vs. Jute: It’s a Draw!
Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with a natural fiber rug whether it’s made from sisal or jute. Both rugs provide a beautiful, neutral base that matches coastal, contemporary, and traditional aesthetics alike. To find your match, visit our showroom at Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company or contact us for a free consultation. We’ll show you our selection of sisal and jute, and we’ll try to help you decide on one (though we won’t blame you if you want both!).