19 Nov Why natural fibre Rugs are all the rage!
You’ve probably read that the rug you place under your furniture should tie the room together, as well as offer warmth and softness underfoot. But carpets can be costly, and if you’re trying to go green, rugs that are made from synthetics are often petroleum-based and far from eco-friendly.
The solution: natural fibre rugs, made from abaca, coir and sisal. These rugs are only lightly processed, which means you’ll spot the character of the raw materials, and this translates into interior beauty.
While these rugs are lovely in their natural state and make an ideal neutral foundation in most rooms, they can also be dyed.
Abaca is produced from the trunk of a tree that’s very similar to the banana tree. The outer layer of the trunk produces a darker fibre, and the inner layer gives a bright, pearl-like colour.
While this natural fibre rug is very durable, it’s best reserved for low-traffic areas, because the weave construction is not as tight. You’re best to skip dining rooms for example, as the back-and-forth motion of your dining chairs may leave marks.
Regular vacuuming is essential to pick up dirt and grime that can become embedded in the fibres of your natural carpeting. But because these rugs don’t hold up well to lots of moisture, traditional stain-removing cleansers and agents aren’t recommended.
Instead, try a gentle DIY solution of a teaspoon of detergent with one teaspoon of distilled white vinegar, mixed with 2 quarts of warm water.
Dampen a rag and carefully blot the stain; dry thoroughly by rolling the rug up with a large bath towel and squeezing gently.