Jute Rugs

When you choose a jute rug, you have an attractive floor covering and you also have the benefit of flooring that will last. Biodegradable jute carpet is an excellent choice for the contemporary shopper who’s environmentally aware.

What Is Jute?

Jute is the most cultivated plant fiber in the world after cotton however because nearly 85 percent of jute cultivation is concentrated in India’s Ganges delta region, this natural fiber is not very well known to Westerners by name. Westerners are very familiar with products made from jute fiber however, particularly burlap, sack cloth, twine and rope.

What Is a Jute Rug?

Traditionally, the world’s most gifted Oriental carpet makers used jute backing for their masterpieces of interwoven wool, cotton and silk yarns. More recently, jute has come into its own as a primary material for rugs, carpet and other floor coverings.

Jute fiber can be spun into a strong and durable thread. Jute fibers tend to have a rough texture, but when jute cords are separated out into finer threads, those threads feel like silk. Finer jute threads are what are used to create jute carpet and jute rugs.

In its natural state, jute fiber has an attractive golden sheen that has led to jute’s nickname as the Golden Fiber. Jute also takes dye very well, and is often blended with other natural and synthetic fibers to create textured patterns in carpet.

Jute carpet is typically produced using broadloom methods or by braiding. Jute will adhere to your floor quite well so it doesn’t need a latex backing and often a cotton or a wool border will be added to a jute area rug for aesthetic reasons.

Like floor coverings made from other natural plant fibers, a natural jute rug is a good option in environments that do not have or retain a lot of moisture. If jute becomes wet repeatedly, the fibers can lose their strength and begin to break and they may also become a medium for mildew and bacteria. Jute can also become brittle and yellow if it’s exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.

What Are the Benefits of Buying a Jute Rug?

Jute area rugs are beautifully textured pieces that are perfect for accenting specific areas of the rooms they’re in. Jute is probably the least expensive natural material available on the market today, so jute floor coverings tend to be relatively inexpensive. Jute fibers are among the strongest of all organic fibers, so a jute rug will last for a long time and stand up to hard use. Jute floor covering also requires very little maintenance; routine vacuuming will remove most dirt and dust. Jute is also a poor conductor of electricity, so static electricity won’t build up in a jute rug. Unlike seagrass and sisal, jute is not a particularly slick material so a jute runner on your staircase is a great option.

Best of all, jute is an ecologically friendly fiber. It doesn’t require pesticides or chemical fertilizers to grow, and it’s completely biodegradable.

Jute floor coverings are attractive, long lasting and represent some of the very best values consumers will find in natural floor coverings today.

Jute – The Natural Choice for Home and Family

BAGS-MADE-FROM-JUTE_201For centuries, jute was known in the Western world primarily as the fiber that burlap was made from. Increasingly, however, this versatile plant fiber is being used for everything from highly decorative rugs and wall hangings to shoes.

What Is Jute?

Jute is a natural plant fiber that’s rough in texture and very strong. It’s the fiber found in the stems of plants that belong to the genus Corchorus. After cotton, jute is the world’s second most abundantly cultivated textile plant.

Since ancient times, Jute has been used throughout Africa and Asia for making ropes and twine. In China, during the Western Han Dynasty, between 206 BC and 220 AD, jute was also used to manufacture paper. In the 17th century, after it was appointed as the regional authority for the British Empire in India, the British East India Company took over the trade in raw jute. Jute largely replaced the use of hemp and flax fibers in sackcloth and other packing materials throughout much of Europe during the Industrial Revolution.

Jute remained a very popular material for rope and packing materials until the 1930s when synthetic fibers made from the synthesized polymers of petroleum based chemicals became ubiquitous. The production of a ton of jute fibers, however, only requires 10 percent of the energy necessary to produce a ton of synthetic fibers.

Jute is one of the cheapest of all plant fibers to produce. It has a high degree of tensile strength, and unlike many other plant fibers, it won’t stretch out of shape when force is applied to it. It also has an exceptional advantage as an insulating material because it doesn’t conduct heat or static electricity.

What Are Natural Fibers?

Natural fibers are textile fibers that are harvested from plant and animal sources. Vegetable fibers can comprise any part of a plant, from the seeds of the cotton plant to the cellulose core of the jute plant. In contrast to synthetic fibers, natural fibers are biodegradable. Additionally, their production typically requires far fewer energy resources than the production of a comparable weight of synthetic fibers.

Natural fibers are healthier than synthetic fibers. They don’t trap perspiration, which means people wearing clothes made from natural fibers are far less likely to suffer from the skin rashes, itching and allergies caused by synthetic materials. Most natural fibers are also carbon neutral, meaning that they absorb the same amount of carbon dioxide that they

What Textiles and Products Can I Buy That Are Made from Jute?

Jute’s coarse texture has restricted its traditional use to the manufacture of items like rope, twine and burlap sacks. It’s often used as a backing material for carpets, area rugs and even linoleum.

Recent advances in technology, however, have diversified jute’s uses. Today, you’ll find a wide range of jute products from decorative panels and carpets to footwear. Jute twines can be woven into curtains, chair coverings and lampshades. Jute has even been used to make paper for high-end greeting cards! Treated jute can also be blended with cotton and wool to create garment-quality cloth. Some manufacturers, in fact, separate jute into fine threads and use these threads to produce a very durable artificial silk.

Increasingly, jute is being investigated as a replacement for wood. The inner core of the mature jute plant is very woody, but the plant only takes between four to six months to mature. Some experts see jute as a remedy for deforestation.

Where does Jute Grow?

Jute grows best in warm, humid climates at temperatures between 24° C to 37° C. The plant has a short growing cycle: It matures between 120 and 150 days. Mature plants reach a height between 8 and 12 feet. Stripping the jute fiber from the plant is a relatively low-tech process that can take place close to where the plant is cultivated.

More than 80 percent of the world’s jute production takes place along the Ganges River Delta. India is both the largest producer of jute and the largest consumer of jute products. The highest quality jute, however, comes from Bangladesh, currently the world’s second largest producer of jute. Bangladesh is also the world’s largest exporter of jute. Other jute-producing countries include China, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Sudan and Egypt.

Is Jute Eco-Friendly?

Jute is completely biodegradable. In fact, one common use of jute is in landscaping projects where it’s used to prevent soil erosion in areas where natural vegetation is growing back after a disruption. Jute does not generate toxic gases when it’s burned. In the areas where it’s grown commercially, jute is often rotated with food crops such as rice and other vegetables because leaves and other detritus from the plant enrich the soil when they fall into it and decay. Jute does not require the extensive use of fertilizers or pesticides to grow successfully.

Jute is considered a renewable energy source because of its relatively short growing cycle and high biomass production per unit of cultivated land.

The rising popularity of jute is evidenced by the fact that in 2011 for the first time jute exports passed the one billion dollar mark. While jute is still being used primarily in rope and packing materials, expect to see more of this versatile plant fiber in an array of different products including eco-friendly and dollar friendly jute rugs.


How to Clean a Jute Rug

Jute fiber is one of the best materials around for anyone looking for an eco-friendly floor covering. Jute carpets are soft, durable and easy to maintain. They are also fully biodegradable and recyclable. Regular cleaning and the proper environment will help your jute rug keep its unique feel and vibrant appearance.

What are the best environments to keep my rug in good condition?

Natural jute rugs are absorbent and can be affected by moisture. Natural fibers shrink and expand slightly with changes in humidity; too much exposure may cause the rug to change its shape and ruin the material. It is best to keep jute carpets and rugs away from high moisture areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and basements. The ideal match for a jute rug is a dry, airy room, and in a low-traffic area where it won’t be susceptible to stains and spills.

Mold and mildew are byproducts of moisture. Prevention by keeping your Jute rugs in a dry environment is the best natural remedy. If you do notice mold and mildew beginning to accumulate and you’re able to take your area rug outside, use a broom to sweep loose the mold and mildew, then vacuum the residue. Let the rug air out in the sun as long as possible before taking it back inside and repeat over a few days.. If mold and mildew persists, contact a professional cleaner.

What do I do if I spill something on my rug?

It’s best to get to work on spills as quickly as possible to avoid staining. Commercial cleaning solutions can cause further staining. Instead, start by soaking up any excess liquid with a dry white cloth. Blot the stain with a dabbing motion; rubbing will grind the stain into the fabric. For stains like red wine or tomato sauce use a cloth moistened with club soda and give the area time to dry, using a hair dryer or fan if needed. Use a mixture of one cup of vinegar and one cup of warm water on stains from soda or fruit juice. If the stain persists, use a cloth moistened with a mild soap.

Is discoloration normal for a Jute rug?

It is normal for any natural fiber floor covering to go through a subtle color change over time. There are ways to lessen the effects of age. Regular vacuuming will keep dirt and dust from collecting, and will also invigorate the fibers. Exposure to mold and mildew can also cause a color change. As previously mentioned, keep your rug in a dry room like a bedroom or den. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can also affect a rug’s color. Routinely rotate your rug if it’s in an area that gets sunlight for an extended period.

How often do I need to vacuum a Jute rug?

A strong-brush suctioned vacuum is the most effective tool to help maintain the beauty and longevity of your jute area rug or carpet. Dirt and dust tends to sit loosely in natural fiber rugs. Vacuuming a few times a week will do the trick. Run the vacuum around the rug in several different directions to make sure all the dirt is removed.

Also keep moisture in mind: Never steam clean or wet-shampoo jute rugs. Instead, use a low moisture dry cleaning alternative.

The beauty of natural fiber rugs like jute is that a little maintenance can go a long way. There is no need for chemicals or special cleaning methods. Normal care like routine vacuuming, and placing it in a safe, dry environment is enough to keep your jute carpet looking healthy.