I hope you all had a nice weekend. Ours was…eventful? Jordan and I pulled an all-nighter hanging out in the E.R. from Saturday night into Sunday morning. It was mostly precautionary for a reoccurring condition my poor husband has been dealing with for the last few years. He’s home and beginning to feel better, so I’m thankful for that. I’m kind of wondering if he knew I was going to ask him to take me to see the new Nicholas Sparks movie for Valentine’s Day and this was his way of getting out of it. 🙂
Since I was kind of preoccupied over the weekend, I didn’t get to work on that styling series I’ve been talking about, but it’s coming – I promise! Instead, I thought I would do a little jute rug review, since I have had a lot of interest in our rugs lately. Maybe if you have been contemplating purchasing a jute rug of your own for the first time, this will help answer any possible questions.
We currently have two different styles of jute rugs in our home, and while they’re both very similar in a lot of ways, there are also ways in which they differ.
We have an 8 foot round braided jute rug in the dining room. I found mine at the Pottery Barn Outlet, but you can also find it online here.
I love this rug. The color variation is beautiful, it’s super soft underfoot, and holds up to constant foot traffic really well. While I do need to be better about rotating my rugs for more even wear, this one is directly in the path on our way to the kitchen from anywhere else in the house – so it gets crossed a lot – but it looks just as good as the day we put it down.
After loving my dining room rug so much, I decided to make the leap and purchase another jute for the living room. I chose an 8×10 chunky loop jute rug from Rugs USA, you can find the same rug here.
I really love this rug. The color variation in this one is gorgeous and the chunky loop provides texture, texture, texture. Due to that chunky loop, this one isn’t quite as soft as the dining room rug – it’s not scratchy, it’s just kind of…bumpy. I think it’s actually softened over time – that, or I’ve just become used to it – but either way, I like the feel of walking across it in my bare feet. It’s kind of like a mini foot massage. 🙂 I love this rug so much, I purchased another one for our bedroom and I’m just as happy with that one. NOTE: Rugs USA is constantly running great sales and offering free shipping – be sure to take a look at their current offers if you’re in the market for a new rug.
There are a couple things to keep in mind with jute rugs. 1) They shed. Despite frequent vacuuming, pull back the corner of either of my rugs and you’ll likely see what looks like a fine sand on the floor beneath. It sweeps right up and has never caused any damage, but I don’t think people are always expecting this. I have a rug pad underneath all of my rugs and I think that helps – it also provides extra cushion and extends the life of your rugs so I highly recommend investing in a good pad. 2) Some threads will pull loose from time to time. This happens more with the living rug than the dining room rug, and usually it’s a result of vacuuming. I just tuck them back in and it looks good as new. I try to raise the bar as high as possible on the vacuum to help with this.
Overall, I absolutely adore my jute rugs. They provide a casual, carefree, goes-with-anything-and- everything look at a cost much less than other rugs. Have you been thinking of trying out a jute rug? Or maybe you already have one? Tell me what you think!