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    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), and what’s the difference between seagrass and jute?

    Well, I hope to be able to clarify a few things for you here so that the decision-making process is that much simpler.  I also thought I would mention a few things about cleanability once you get your new natural fiber rug home.

    We carry two different types of natural fiber rugs, seagrass (the rougher texture) and jute (the softer one).  Both are available bordered in one of three colors: khaki, chocolate or black, and range in size from 2×3 to 9×12.  Let me tell you a wee bit about the difference between the two if perhaps that will help you determine which is best for your space.

    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.  Here is some great information on jute care: http://www.ehow.com/how_7464677_clean-cotton-jute-area-rugs.html

    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.  As for spot cleaning seagrass, here are some good **general guidelines** although please use caution and always do a spot test first:

    –          mop up the spill immediately with an undyed 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 undyed 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.

    I hope this helps answer some of your questions!  Come see us while we have an ABUNDANCE of beautiful natural fiber rugs.