Well, wonder no more! Natural fibers used with carpet are produced either by insects, animals, or even plants. The fibers
that are produced by insects or animals are known as protein fibers. Those that are made by plants are known as vegetable fibers.
There are many advantages to decorating your home using natural fiber area rugs. Not only do they look fantastic with virtually any décor style, they are non-toxic to the environment. Natural accent rugs made from sustainable plant fibers are hard-wearing, add to the comfort of your home by reducing noise and static electricity and are very economical.
Sisal rugs remain a top choice for those who want to support the earth by using all natural, sustainable products in the home. Along with remarkable flame resistant properties, sisal rugs come in a wide range of attractive weaves. The gorgeous textures and unique earthy colors of sisal rugs keep those who love the look and feel of natural fiber area rugs coming back for more.
One of the most cost-effective natural area rugs is the seagrass rug. Along with that attractive sheen and smooth surface, seagrass rugs are remarkably long lasting, making them a perfect floor covering solution for a busy household.
Although not as resilient, jute rugs are very inexpensive and can be dyed in a wide array of bold, lively colors. Jute rugs are so soft to walk on; you’ll want one in every room!
Bamboo rugs are made from highly sustainable bamboo and are exceptionally easy to care for. Simply wipe them clean with a damp cloth or mop. Bamboo rugs can be scratched, though so to prevent scratching add protective felt pads under chair and table legs.
Synthetic Fiber Area Rugs
Again, we’ll define synthetic fibers: Synthetic fibers do not come from plants or animals; they are man-made. They have
been manufactured in a factory of some sort. Don’t confuse this with being handmade; they could be called that but yet made from un-natural fibers. Synthetic rugs have been normally made from artificial fibers in a factory using an automated procedure with machinery and toxic chemicals. Some of the materials used for synthetic rugs are nylon, polypropylene, acrylic and polyester. They can also be stain and fade resistant, depending how they were made and chemicals used. They are dyed using ingredients and chemicals that are also man-made. Some of the ingredients used for dye include acid, chrome and aniline. Some would argue that polyester is a potentially eco-friendly choice, because it is made from recycled soda bottles (but is the soda pop made in an eco-friendly way in the first place? hmm..)
If you are in the market for an area rug, chances are you are feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the choices, styles and colors that are available. But, know, that there is a big difference between area rugs made of natural fibers, compared to those made of synthetic materials? Before you make any decisions, you need to be informed about what you are buying.