6 Types of Rugs You’ve Never Heard Of

6 Types of Rugs You've Never Heard Of

Rugs adorn the floors of homes all over the world and have been part of living spaces since the days of the first cave dwellers. Rugs were more for function than fashion then, offering comfort and warmth, typically made from the hide of a furry animal. Later they became art, as they were hung in great halls during the Renaissance. In the modern home, they serve some utilitarian purposes, like as a soft place to sit on your wooden floor, but they are more often used as a design concept, adding texture and color to any space.

Common rugs like Persian, Oriental or Moroccan are known to most homeowners, but there is a whole world of home rugs to explore. These rugs you’ve probably never heard of, can elevate your home’s style and be the perfect accent to tie together your room’s décor. We’ve created a list of our favorite weird rugs that most people haven’t heard of.

Jute Rugs

Frances Rug from Dune Road Hand Braided by NuLoom

Jute rugs are made from a long, soft vegetable fiber. The fiber is spun into coarse strands and usually hand woven, creating a stunning organic product, which also happens to be eco-friendly.

If you are interested in creating a dramatic texture in your space, then jute rugs are a great choice.

Should you live in an active household with children and animals, jute rugs will hold up and are known for their durability. Jute rugs tend to stay in the neutral color palette with natural yellows and greens like no other fabric. Because they are most likely to be in these hues, they complement a variety of furniture and wall colors. They are also a great value, with a variety of affordable options.

The only caveat is that they need to be kept from exposure to moisture. Check out PlushRugs jute rug prints in an assortment of sizes. For a smoother alternative, you can opt for a sisal jute rug.

Seagrass Rugs

CAP823D from Cape Cod by Safavieh

A seagrass rug combines practicality and robustness while delivering a rug that’s environmentally friendly. Seagrass is a sustainable underwater plant that grows quickly and plentifully. The plants are woven into reed-like rugs that have a smooth feel. Seagrass rugs have also been known to help captures dust and allergens in the air which can then can be vacuumed up in a snap.

You will find that seagrass rugs are easy to maintain and resistant to stains because of a natural wax coating around the fibers.

Because these rugs are fairly sturdy, they should be able to stand up to some high traffic areas like hallways, entryways, kitchens, or family rooms, although seagrass isn’t the most durable material available. Seagrass rugs are typically undyed and exude raw colors in the brown and green families, making them a great addition to every style of home from contemporary to farmhouse to traditional. Many seagrass rug designs include a border in a different color to add more dimension. Our seagrass rug selection is varied, offering ideas for every space.

Chunky Braided Rugs

BRD 201A from Braided by Safavieh

If you are looking for texture and comfort in your space, chunky braided rugs deliver just that. These rugs can be hand or machine woven and consist of thick blended yarns. The braiding allows for various colors to blend together, similar to a rainbow. This braided chindi cotton rug personifies this style.

This is a rug that stands out and will easily be the showpiece of your room.

There are less colorful versions, but the braiding pattern can get a bit lost in neutral colors.  Because various yarns are used in the braiding, the overall effect is a one-of-a-kind weave. The weave is even more pronounced when in an oval or circle, which is a popular shape for this rug type.

A chunky braided rug in wool or cotton has a very soft, comforting feeling that you’ll want to sink your toes into it. Kids and pets will find it snug, too. A chunky braided rug in any material should be considerably resilient so it can stand up to a lot of footsteps or be placed under heavy furniture.

Bamboo Silk

MK-01 from Mirage by Loloi

Enjoy the luxury of silk without the price. Bamboo silk (also known as viscose) is made from sustainably sourced bamboo. After harvest, the cellulose is removed from the plant and formed into a sticky paste. Then it’s left to dry. After drying, you are left with a soft, silky fiber. The fiber feels a lot like silk from silkworms, imitating its cool to the touch sensation and shimmery glow. Not only does it feel wonderful, it has beneficial attributes, including being hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.

Bamboo silk rugs are not as delicate as real silk rugs, which are usually hung on walls rather than placed on floors. While they may be more durable than silk, opt for moderate traffic spaces. To keep your bamboo viscose rug in the best shape, vacuum regularly without the beater bar. Spot clean any spills and blot only. You may see some sprouting, as is common with hand knotting. Clip the threads rather than pulling them.

Bamboo viscose area rugs are a perfect canvas for intricate designs and varying colors like this renaissance design.

Kilim Dhurrie Rugs

NVK176A from Kilim - .5 by Safavieh

Kilim Dhurrie rugs are named because of the knotting technique used to make them, which differs from other Oriental rugs. The technique creates knotting with short, single strands of varying colors, giving the rug a flattened appearance. Kilim rugs have a flat weave, offering a distinctive look when compared to their counterparts.

Kilims are a wool rug, often featuring vivid colors and designs. These rugs will feel right at home in a modern space and, because of its relative flatness, works nicely in dining rooms. Because of the color boundary technique used to make the rug, you’ll find kilims in a variety of motifs with layered and pyramid patterns. This red kilim shows off just this style.

The history of kilim dhurrie rugs goes back to ancient history, dating as far back as the fourth century CE. The word kilim comes from the word “gelim” which means “to spread roughly” in Persian.

Leather Shag Rugs

LSG511M from Leather Shag by Safavieh

If you really want to add something expressive in your home, you won’t be disappointed by a leather shag rug. These rugs are created by using genuine leather strips and are hand-knotted. Although called a shag, you might decide it looks a bit more like fringe. This new kind of shag offers a very rustic, western feel and delivers a touch of warmth, harmonizing well with wood floors.

These shag rugs are mostly found in one color but multi-colors are also available. A great design idea is to use a white leather shag rug in a space that gets very little natural light. It will open up the room with something bright on the floor. Try this one by Safavieh.

Because leather shag rugs are hand-knotted, no two look exactly alike. To keep your leather shag in optimal condition, never vacuum it. Instead, leave the cleaning to the professionals. As far as sizing, many options are only available in small to medium. Therefore, it works well in a home office or bedroom and is not recommended for well-traveled paths in your home.

Now that you’ve learned about six new rugs, it’s up to you which one gets to be the next addition to your home.

6 Types of Rugs You've Never Heard Of

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