Sisal and jute are both popular natural fiber rugs that look alike and get grouped together often, but they are not one and the same. Although similar in appearance, the two differ greatly in texture and durability. When searching for a natural fiber rug, knowing the key differences between sisal and jute will help you find the perfect fit for your home.

Sisal is a stiffer fiber stripped from the leaves of the Mexican agave plant and then spun into a yarn-like material. It has a natural creamy white hue and can be dyed any color, which will make it easy to find a rug to match your interior design scheme. As one of the strongest natural fibers available, sisal is incredibly durable. Because of this, sisal rugs are the best fit for high-traffic areas in the home, like hallways and entryways.


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Woven from the stalks of jute plants in India and Bangladesh, jute rugs have a natural brown hue that, like sisal, can be dyed many colors. All of our jute rugs are undyed and in their natural form.  Unlike sisal, however, jute is one of the softest natural fibers and therefore less durable. Although they’re not as tough as sisal rugs, jute rugs are soft to the touch and ideal for areas with light traffic where your bare feet can enjoy the gentle weave. A jute rug will be a welcome addition in your bedroom or family room.

Making the right choice between a sisal or jute rug really comes down to location and use. If you’re looking for a strong rug that can withstand the wear and tear of heavy foot traffic, a sisal natural fiber rug is your best bet. If you’re searching for a more comfortable, cozy rug for more intimate areas of your home, you’ll be better off with jute. Once you determine placement and use, picking the right rug will be simple.