Seagrass vs. Jute


Here at Celadon, there are several questions that we are commonly asked:

What type of wood is this piece made from?
Does this come in any other finishes
Where is the restroom? (of course, a given)
What’s the difference between seagrass and jute?

Hopefully we can clarify a few things for you here so that the decision-making process is that much simpler. We carry two different types of natural fiber rugs, seagrass (the rougher texture) and jute (the softer one). Both are available without a border as well as bordered in a few different colors: khaki, black, gray and navy and range in size from 2'×3' to 10'×14'.

Okay, now let's get into it. Jute rugs originate in India and come from the plant stalks instead of the leaves, so the fibers are softer than some other natural fiber rugs. They tend to more closely resemble wool rugs.  Jute holds up well in a low to medium traffic area of the home, say for example a bedroom or perhaps under a dining room table. Some people just prefer the feel of it under their bare feet. We also use jute twine throughout the store to tie hangtags onto the zillion pieces of furniture scattered across our 10,000+ square feet, among other uses. Seagrass rugs also originate in India and are extremely durable. Seagrass, just like its name, grows underwater (see pic below) and is harvested and dried to be woven into rugs. Due to their texture and color variation, they can add a lot of dimension to a room. They hold up well even in high traffic areas like hallways and family rooms. We do not recommend that they are used outdoors and exposed to the elements. As for cleanability, the number one way to clean both varieties is to vacuum, vacuum, vacuum.

Seagrass rugs are easy to maintain because they do not attract dust, and bacteria cannot penetrate the hard, natural fibers. Soil and dirt filters through the weave rather than sitting on the surface. Regular vacuuming is really all that is needed for daily care of seagrass rugs. Please use caution when spot cleaning and always do a test first!

Care Instructions

- Mop up the spill immediately with an un-dyed cloth or paper towel
- Brush or sponge the area with small amounts of detergent or carpet shampoo with a neutral pH factor.  You may also use equal parts warm water and white vinegar.  Blot with an un-dyed cloth.
- Dry as quickly as possible, preferably with a hair dryer.
- And lastly, when you have those pesky curled corners, a good way to solve that is by placing a damp towel on that area and weighting it down overnight.  Check it in the morning and it should rest flat.  If it’s severely curled, repeat.

    Hopefully you're now fully prepared to make your rug purchase! If you have any additional questions, we're always here to help!

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