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Best Organic Area Rug Choices

Updated on April 13, 2014

What are Natural Rugs?

Environmentally friendly rugs come in a variety of fibers, textures, patterns, and colors, all completely biodegradable and organic. These durable rugs are great for any home, inside and out. They look like normal, everyday rugs, yet most consumers say that they feel better under foot.

Natural area rugs are free from all of the toxic chemicals used in the production of traditional synthetic carpets. These rugs are rated very highly in customer reviews, and are 100% natural. Natural stain resistant properties in most natural area rug choices helps protect them from the everyday traffic wear and tear.

Synthetic rugs emit toxins and volatile organic compounds which are harmful to your family's indoor air quality. Those with asthma may greatly benefit from ridding the home of these and replacing them with natural area rugs. Eco-friendly rugs have a natural resistance to foot traffic so they hold up longer than man made products. Many organic rugs are also made in the USA.

Natural Sisal Rugs

Sisal rugs are made from fibers of the agave plant which grows in subtropical regions around the world.

Sisal is a versatile material with anti-static properties. It is a very tough quality material that is naturally insulating and difficult to ignite.

The downside to sisal rugs is that they should be only used indoors due to their moisture absorbing properties.

Maintenance care for these rugs is basically simple. They do best with daily vacuuming, yet once a week is fine. Pat spills immediately with an absorbent cotton fabric.

Sisal is a good, sturdy fabric that is sometimes used on scratching posts or mats for cats. They come in a variety of shapes, styles, and design options to match any style and color of interior of the home. They may also help prevent Fluffy from scratching up your favorite chair.

Natural Seagrass Rugs

Seagrass is grown in paddy fields on the coastal areas of India and China, ranges in colors from hues of sage to olive, and is the least expensive and the most versatile of the types of organic rugs.

Seagrass area rugs are stain resistant, durable and can simply be brushed to clean. They are one of the best choices for high traffic areas, since they are easy to clean and durable enough for even the busiest areas. Seagrass rugs are not recommended for stairs due to their smooth finish.

Other outstanding qualities of seagrass rugs include: look great, anti-static, and they are 100% all natural. Do not use this fabric if you live in a moist or humid environment since seagrass area rugs are susceptible to mold and mildew.

Natural Mountain Grass Rugs

Also known as hemp rugs, mountain grass rugs come in a variety of shapes and styles. The material used to create mountain grass rugs is found at the rim of the Pacific Continent. They are rigid and hard, so they are mainly used as show pieces instead of for comfort purposes.

Mountain grass rugs are brown with a very textured, wooden appearance. These rugs are popular with interior decorators and many homeowners, their natural earth tones make them the perfect edition to a room with dark tile or hardwood floors. Their durability prevents having to replace them as you would a man-made rug.

Natural Bamboo Rugs

Bamboo rugs give any room in the home a stylish, modern appeal. Bamboo has been used throughout the centuries because of its affordable price and plentiful supply. Bamboo is also used in the making of many objects found around the home and at the office.

Natural bamboo rugs come in a wide variety of shapes and styles. Once used in outdoor areas only, bamboo has now made its way indoors as well. It's strength and durability make it a great choice for use at entryways and high traffic areas of the home. Bamboo can be swept clean and spills wiped up with a damp cloth.

More than a thousand different species of bamboo can be found around the world in places such as: North America, Africa, and Australia. East Asia is the home of the majority of the bamboo used in the creation of home furnishings and accessories.

Natural Shag Rugs

Shag rugs are made from a variety of organic materials including: angora, leather, wool, and linen. Shag rugs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They are made from loops of materials of a chosen fabric that are then sheared until they are soft and full. They can make for a great romantic interlude, or a conversation piece.

Cleaning shag rugs isn't quite as simple as with the previously described natural rug fabrics, and will vary with different materials used. A wool shag rug repels dirt and dust, yet a leather shag rug has to be dry cleaned. Prices vary depending on the size and fabric you choose. Upright vacuums are not recommended for cleaning natural shag rugs.

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