What Natural Rugs Are Safe For Hardwood Floors?

MLP157H from Micro-Loop 100 by Safavieh

While hardwood floors add to the stylishness and simplicity of a home, many still yearn for the warmth and coziness of a rug. By adding a rug, homeowners are able to have the best of both worlds; a comfy rug and the allure of hardwood flooring.

Yet, you don’t want to place just any rug onto those always-in-style hardwood floors. When it comes to rugs, the best ones to utilize on a hardwood floor are natural rug materials. Here are the top five natural rug fibers that will make a smart covering for your hardwood flooring.

Jute

NF802E from Natural Fiber by Safavieh

Jute is an extremely popular rug material. Its earthy tones make for a snappy companion to hardwood flooring and work well in foyers, mudrooms, and hallways. Since it’s a natural fiber, jute also sports a budget-friendly price tag.

While jute is low maintenance as far as area rugs go, the material is not known for its softness. Jute rugs are not often found in bedrooms because a jute rug won’t be that inviting to the toes when stepping out of bed first thing in the morning. If you’re searching for a jute rug that’s a bit more welcoming, look for a jute blend.

Sisal

Machine Woven Orsay Sisal Rug from Natura Sisal by NuLoom

Sisal is another natural fiber that’s all the rage for people looking for a chic, environmentally-friendly rug material. Like jute, sisal comes from a plant, Agave Sisalana. The fiber is strong, durable and affordable. Sisal is a great accent for hardwood floors thanks to its rustic tones.

Since sisal is an enduring fiber, the material holds up to foot traffic and looks amazing in entryways, mudrooms and family rooms. Just like jute, sisal isn’t soft to the touch and often doesn’t find its way into bedrooms. For a cozier feel, explore a sisal and wool blend. This type of rug on a hardwood floor is a winning combination of comfort and style.

Cotton

BRD452U from Braided by Safavieh

Cotton may not be the most durable rug fiber, but it makes for an easy, fun and inexpensive addition to hardwood flooring. A cotton rug will fit into any space and can easily be cleaned in the washing machine. Cotton rugs come in a wide range of styles and sizes and deliver on an inexpensive price tag.

While it may not be as long lasting, a cotton rug can be easily replaced without impacting the household budget. Unlike jute and sisal, cotton is naturally soft to the touch and won’t feel rough to the toes if placed bedside.

Wool

MLP157H from Micro-Loop 100 by Safavieh

While wool is not as budget-friendly as cotton, jute and sisal, it has staying power and is extremely popular. With an array of designs to choose from, wool is a perfect pick to add both texture and warmth to a home.

Wool rugs are naturally stain-resistant and can easily find a spot in any room. Known for their longevity, wool rugs can last for decades with regular care. As for the feel, a wool rug will welcome those toes when they hop out of bed on a chilly winter morning.

Silk

SLK10 from Silken Allure by Nourison

If you’re in the market for a higher end rug, silk is the answer. Of all the natural rug materials, silk rugs boast the biggest price tags. A silk rug is an investment, but it will most certainly endure with proper maintenance. This natural fiber has been a mainstay for centuries and features both a luxurious look and feel.

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