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When designers and DIYers alike find a furnishing that’s sophisticated, complements a number of aesthetics, and is extremely durable, they become fans for life. From all of my reporting and scouting on home decor over the past few years, I can tell you with total confidence that that’s exactly how the design world at large feels about natural fiber rugs made of jute and sisal.
Designers love traditional solid-colored jute or sisal rug and use them all the time in their own homes and for client projects. But I’ve been noticing a rise in patterned jute and sisal pieces — starting with the Ballard Designs rug that Louisville-based designers Journey + Jacobs used in their Small/Cool 2021 “Moody Musings” trend room — and I have to say, these kinds of pieces have definitely captured my attention a few times since then. You get all the practical pros of jute and sisal rugs but with the added bonus of extra color and pattern for a little more visual interest. So the next time you’re shopping for a classic, natural fiber rug, consider something with a bit of flair. You can’t go wrong with any of the eight pieces below.
Scalloped Designed Jute Rug
What’s cuter than scalloped trim? This darling piece comes in a number of sizes and colors, making it a winner whether you’re looking for the perfect runner for the hallway or just need a petite rug to place in front of the kitchen sink.
Buy: Scalloped Designed Jute Rug, Starting at $74.25 for a 2-foot by 3-foot rug from Etsy
Margeaux Landscape Jute Rug
Boho lovers will fall hard for this stylish, printed piece that’s bound to shine in an entry or even as a bathmat in front of the shower or tub. Handwoven by artisans in India, you can choose from four different geometric designs with circles, triangles, and squares — all in the same neutral palette you see here.
Printed Jute Handwoven Round Carpet Straw Rug
What’s cuter than a round rug anchoring a dining nook or cozy reading corner? This contemporary piece is an extremely affordable find that comes in three different sizes. It’s priced well enough that you can grab multiples for various rooms around the house!
Buy: Printed Jute Handwoven Round Carpet Straw Rug, Starting at $65.00 for a 31-inch diameter rug from Etsy
Light Pink Jute Harlequin Trellis Area Rug
This trellis patterned rug is also available in three neutral hues, but I’m loving the pink colorway! It would look equally stunning in living rooms and playrooms alike and is available in up to a 9-foot by 12-foot size.
Buy: Light Pink Jute Harlequin Trellis Area Rug, Starting at $186.20 for a 5-foot by 8-foot rug from Rugs USA
Boho Natural Jute Geometric Pattern Area Rug
Looking for a classic geometric motif, just in jute or sisal form? This design’s black, stepped shapes and stripes will complement a number of aesthetics. I can see it in a neutral bedroom that needs just a hit of pattern to perk it up or even running down a hallway, where the print will make a big, graphic impact.
Buy: Boho Natural Jute Geometric Pattern Area Rug, Starting at $91.70 for a 3-foot by 5-foot size rug from Etsy
Snatch up this elongated checkerboard style from Annie Selke before it’s gone. I love the fun fringe at the ends of this 100 percent jute piece; you don’t often see that kind of detailing on jutes and sisals.
Buy: Ilonga Woven Jute Rug, Starting at $294.00 for a 5-foot by 8-foot rug from Annie Selke
Designed by legendary decorator Bunny Williams, try this rug anywhere you need a little bit of a pick-me-up but still want to keep the overall color scheme neutral. The block pattern’s so intricate, it almost looks like it’s made of wool.
Buy: Cassia Woven Jute Rug, $104.00 for a 2-foot by 3-foot size from Dash & Albert