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Humans have been a great fan of 'Nature' ever since. They tend to choose everything that has 'pure' or 'organic' ingredients, be it their food choices, cosmetics, or other decorative items. This is the major reason the products with Natural ingredients wins the heart of a million customers. The same condition goes with floor coverings. Many people adore natural fiber rugs instead of those with synthetic elements. There are different natural rugs options available, and Sisal and Jute are famous among them. However, there exists some confusion! Customers assume both these fibers as the one, and sometimes call them Sisal– it is wrong. These are two different types of fibers. Though they look alike, there are major dissimilarities. We aimed to resolve this perplexity. So, here we will highlight a few differences between sisal rug and jute rug.Before we start their evaluation on different parameters, it's better to define them in detail first – so, here we go!

5 Big Differences Between Jute And Sisal Rugs

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Sisal Rugs

Sisal is basically a fiber that is extracted from leaves of the Succulent plant named as Agave Sisalana. The major cultivation area of this plant includes China, Brazil, Kenya, Madagascar, Cuba, Mexico, and Haiti. Previously, it was considered native to Mexico only. However, we can now observe its successful farming in various parts of the world. The plant of Sisal fiber is capable of enduring a vigorously hot climate accompanied by rare storms. So, we can trust the resilient nature of Agave. In order to obtain the Sisal, its leaves are cut and crushed to get hard and firm fiber – it is later spun and converted into Sisal rugs. 

Jute Rugs

Now, if we look at the original plant of Jute, its origin is opposite to that of Sisal. Jute, also known as Golden Fibre, is derived from the Corchorus plant. It is a tall, spindly, and flowering plant. Though it also grows well in a warm climate, it needs humidity and frequent rainfall. So, we can say it grows better in Monsoon weather. This plant is an inhabitant of the Indian subcontinent. Unlike Sisal, Jute is taken from the central part of Corchorus stalks – that contains lignin and cellulose. Once harvested, its bundles are soaked in slow running water for 10-30 days. Why? It gives bacteria a chance of melting the sticky material that keeps the fibers together. What is a Jute Rug? Well, after processing, the fiber is converted into jute yarn. This yarn is later transformed into different items, including rugs that are known as Jute Rugs. So, have you observed the difference between their origin and processing? It is actually where all differences between Sisal and Jute come from. 

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Environmental Requirement: All distinctions aside, we can see the plants of both Jute and Sisal are highly sustainable and require a very low amount of maintenance. They are also eco-friendly.

Differences between Jute and Sisal Rugs

1- Durability

It is not like we are saying Jute doesn't wear well at all – but, Sisal is a boss when it comes to the sturdiness of natural fibers. So, if your main concern is, are sisal rugs very durable? The answer is definitely Yes. In fact, it is considered as one of the strongest natural fibers available. Since the rugs are made using leaves of plants, they are very stiff, coarse, and can bear high wear and tear. Undoubtedly, the rugs become somehow softer and refined with the time - they still feel rough and hard. Considering this attribute, sisal rugs can be plainly used for heavy traffic areas. Jute, on the other hand, is made up of plant stems, and is not very robust. It may tend to lose fiber and becomes softer if used roughly. That's why these rugs should face very low to moderate traffic. 

2- Feel  

If I were asked to define, what is the difference between jute and sisal rugs? I would say they 'Feel' different. As Sisal rugs are made from leaves - it feels coarse, rough, or to some extent, itchy. They can be hard on bare feet. Sisal won't be a good option if you are planning to sit on it or have a crawling baby. However, for its very same attribute, these fibers are also used for making cat scratching posts. In this parameter, we can say, Jute is a sheer winner. What does a jute rug feel like? Well, its fibers are smoother, give impact like fabric – it is chunkier, and feels soft underfoot. You can sit on it without facing any discomfort. Jute, being a part of a stalk, is flexible and soft. Jute area rugs can make your space cozier and relaxing for everyone, including babies and pets. If you are curious to experience their 'feel,' you can try Tan Honeycomb Jute rug. What if you don't like it? You can simply return it even after 30 days without paying any money. RugKnots gives this opportunity to let its customers select the best possible option for them. 

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3- Lifetime

As we have already mentioned, Sisal does extremely well in its strength. Likewise, its age is also higher. You can expect your Sisal to give you services for around eight years. However, Jute can stay with you for approximately five years.  Please bear in mind these are estimated life spans only. The actual time can vary depending on various factors.

4- Shades

The natural shade of Sisal is lighter as compared to Jute. It has creamy-white to wheat color basically. On the other hand, the Jute has a natural shade of light brown. Now, let's talk about dyes. Sisal, though naturally having a lighter shade, accepts coloring quite well. You can have some solid and gleaming shades from sisal dyed rugs. You can also have a jute carpet with amazing dyes. However, the options are somehow limited. See, this Rustic Red Floral Rug though made up of Jute, has absorbed the dye beautifully. Thus, it gives a comfy feel with the exquisiteness of vibrant red color too. It can flawlessly give your bedroom 'That' look you have been searching for long. 

Warning: Both Sisal and Jute, on exposure to direct sunlight, somewhat change their color, particularly if dyed. However, this behavior is more significant in Jute.  

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5- Cost

The overall cost of manufacturing Jute is lower as compared to Sisal. Same rules go for their market prices. If you purchase the same quality rugs for both fibers, the Jute will be less expensive – though the strength of Sisal would be higher, just like its price. 

Which Rug has the most Strength Jute Or Sisal?

Jute is weaker than Sisal in terms of durability. You can see or feel the difference for yourself when you touch them – one feels strong and hard to tear, while the other becomes softer on contact. That's why it's advisable not to use Jute rugs with heavy furniture that could cause indentations.  

The Appearance of Jute and Sisal Rugs

Jute is more coarse than Sisal, so you will notice the difference from afar. One thing to consider is that Jute has a natural yellow-brown color and as it ages, this becomes lighter in appearance - while Sisal's dark blue tone remains unchanged. The jute rug is a little rougher and has a rougher texture.  It can be seen in its appearance that Sisal is stronger than Jute because it does not tear easily, while the other becomes softer on contact. One thing to consider about Jute rugs is that they are not to be used with heavy furniture that could cause indentations.  One thing you can do about this is to use a rug pad underneath the Jute rug when it comes in contact with an object of weight and high traffic area.

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The difference between the texture of a Jute and Sisal rug

Jute rug has a rougher texture and Sisal rug has a smoother appearance. Jute is lighter in color than Sisal, which remains dark blue as it ages. The Jute rug doesn't stand up to heavy furniture the way that sisal does; one solution would be to put a carpet pad underneath the jute when you place it on a floor. Sisal has a smoother appearance and texture. If you want to choose a rug in terms of texture, pick sisal over jute. The lighter-colored Jute rug will show dirt and other debris more easily than the darker Sisal, so if you plan to put it in a high traffic area or in front of an object with a light-colored finish, you might want to consider choosing Sisal.

Tips On Cleaning a Sisal and Jute Rug:

Cleaning a sisal rug is easier and less costly than a jute rug. Jute is porous, meaning that it absorbs dirt and stains more easily. You can find cleaning instructions for your sisal or jute rug by looking at the care label or by contacting customer service if you purchased your rug online.

Tip 1: Vacuum

Use a vacuum cleaner to loosen the dirt and debris from your rug. Vacuuming a sisal or jute rug will redistribute dirt and debris, making it easier to clean. You should vacuum your rug every few weeks or every other week.

Tip 2: Professional Cleaning Service

If you're looking to have your rug professionally cleaned, contact local cleaning service providers to see what their pricing is for a professional clean and the frequency of which they would recommend having it serviced. Jute and sisal both the materials require different types of cleaning agents.

Tip3: Be careful about what you use

Avoid using too much water or a carpet shampooing machine because this can cause the fibers in the sisal and jute rug to stretch out of shape and become loose. The more you brush, rub, and pull on these fibers, the looser they will get. Use hands to scrub out the dirt as much as possible, then use a mild detergent or soap.

Tip 4: Do not overuse detergents

It's important to use the least amount possible of detergents and soaps when cleaning your sisal, jute rug. Too much will remove protective oils from the fibers which can cause damage over time. Remember to always test any soap or detergent in an inconspicuous area before applying it to a large area of the rug.

Tip5: Use home remedies and DIY

A few of our favorite home remedies for stains are baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients can be used individually or in conjunction with one another to remove tough spots on your rug! Your jute and sisal rug requires a lot of maintenance and love. Be sure to take care of them by deep cleaning every few months in order to keep your rug looking its best! Home remedies only work to remove stains. If you want your rugs to last longer, Always be cautious and take good care of them.

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Common attributes

In the previous section, we have discussed the differences of these natural rugs. Here are a few common aspects that need our considerations:

Maintenance

The safeguarding for both rugs is almost similar. The foremost thing that comes in this category is cleaning. Though both these rugs are quite resistant to dirt, regular grooming can enhance their lifespan. So, if you are concerned about how to clean a jute rug? Or, can you vacuum a jute rug? The answer is yes, not for Jute only, but for Sisal as well. However, you should only vacuum after removing the beater bar. A suction can lonely do the job well. You would need to vacuum frequently in order to prevent dirt accumulation. It can otherwise harm the fibers of these rugs. Besides, in case of stains, you can dry clean or spot clean these rugs. As most people ask, Is a Jute rug stain-resistant? Yes, they do! Both Sisal and Jute give watermarks if any liquid spills on them accidentally. Unluckily, Jute is comparatively more vulnerable to spots. 

Shedding

Both these natural fibers shed frequently. So, you would need to take care of it as well. You shouldn't use a vacuum beater bar on them. Rather, it's good to use it on low settings in order to prevent shedding. Another trick is to use a horsehair brush to loosen up the shedding pieces. You can later pick them up with the help of vacuum suction. 

Warning: You are supposed to keep Sisal and Jute away from water because they are not water-resistant. They have great potential to absorb water and damage its shape.

Rug pads

Do sisal rugs need a rug pad? It is a common question regarding Sisal. Yes, they do need a rug pad for a few reasons. First, they are quite coarse. So, chances are they can potentially damage your hardwood floor underneath. They can also help in making your rug a bit softer to feel. Another confusing point, will jute rugs scratch hardwood floors too? No, they don't. But, they need a rug pad too. However, the purpose is different here. It would assist in preventing slippage – as Jute is the softest material, it can possibly make you slip while stepping on it. 

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Benefits of using a Sisal Rug:

    1. Sisal is one of the most durable materials.
    2. It's easy to clean and doesn't shed as other natural fibers do.
    3. They are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes which can suit any decor style or need.
    4. Sisal rugs are resistant to flame, and can even be used in the kitchen or a place with high foot traffic.
    5. A sisal is a hypoallergenic material that is perfect for people with allergies.
    6. A sisal rug is a green product as it's 100% natural and sustainable. It is made of a natural material that is sourced from sisal plants.

Benefits of using a Jute Rug

    1. Jute is an eco-friendly material as it doesn't produce any toxic fumes when burned.
    2. Jute rugs are a sustainable product, as they are made from a natural material that is harvested annually.
    3. Jute rugs make your areas feel more intimate, as they are soft and bring comfort to your feet.
    4. You can use a jute rug in a room with high foot traffic.
    5. Jute rugs are inexpensive and can be bought for a low price.
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    Disadvantages of placing a Jute rug in your space

    Though jute is a sustainable material, it should not be used in high-traffic areas. Jute rugs are typically less durable than sisal and wool because they don't have the same resilience to wear and tear. A Jute rug does not insulate your feet from cold or hot surfaces. They are also very soft and could be slippery due to the lack of pile. You can not use a Jute rug in any room that has furniture with sharp edges because the fibers can be easily pulled.

    Disadvantages of placing a Jute rug in your space

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    Disadvantages of placing a Sisal rug in your space

    Sisal rugs are better suited for low-traffic areas. It would be best to avoid them in high traffic areas. Sisal is more durable than Jute and can withstand the wear and tear of being walked on frequently, but it still has a tendency to fray if not taken care of properly. The pile-on sisal rugs are coarser so people with sensitive skin may not want to be on them. Sisal rugs are not appropriate in any room with furniture that has sharp edges and is also not perfect for a space with pets. Sisal rugs are also not as soft on the feet as Jute and make more noise when you walk on them. Sisal is a natural fiber made from the outer layer of plant leaves (the bark).

    Here are some frequently asked questions by our customers:

    1. What is the difference between jute and sisal rugs?

    Jute is a type of plant fiber, and it's usually woven into rugs. Sisal, on the other hand, comes from plants such as agave or pineapple plants in Africa. It's often used for flooring because its stiffer texture makes it more durable than Jute and Linen. Jute is softer and has a more textured surface. Sisal rugs are coarser, more durable, and have straight fibers that make them easier to clean. Plus, they're less expensive than Jute! The two materials look different too. Sisal rug colors range from white to browns while Jutes come in a wide variety of colors.

    2. What are jute rugs?

    Jute rugs are a type of rug made from plant fibers. They're often woven and usually softer than sisal rugs. Jute is not as durable because it's more textured which means dirt or spills can get caught in the weave. However, jute rugs are very eco-friendly and can be recycled in the future.

    3. What are sisal rugs?

    Sisal rugs are a type of rug that's woven from plant fibers. They're usually more durable and less expensive than jute rugs. Sisal is made with stiffer, straighter strands which make them easier to clean but they don't have the softness or variety of color like Jutes. Sisal rugs are popular because they're durable and inexpensive.

    4. Where can I place a jute rug?

    You can place a jute rug in any room of your home. You might want to put it near an entryway or hallway because the fibers are more delicate and will catch dirt from shoes, not to mention food spills that happen as you're coming into the house. A jute rug is perfect for a kid's room or play area because it'll help with spills. You can also place it in your bedroom or living room where it can function as a table runner, foot warmer, and in some cases even an area rug.

    5. Where can I place a sisal rug?

    You can place a sisal rug in any room of your home. However, it is especially good for high traffic areas because the fibers are less delicate and will catch dirt from shoes better than jute would. It's also not as susceptible to food spills which means you're able to put one inside your kitchen or dining area where people may be cooking or eating. You can also place it in your bedroom or living room where it can function as a table runner, foot warmer, and in some cases even an area rug.

    6. Are Jute rugs more durable than sisal rugs?

    Jute rugs are not as durable as sisal rugs because they need to be replaced more often. They also do not clean up well, which means food spills or stains will stay and will have to be cleaned with water or a mild soap solution instead of an ammonia-based cleaner like you would use on your carpets. However, sisal rugs are also not as durable because they are not waterproof and stains can penetrate them. Both the rugs are not durable enough for high-traffic areas.

    7. Can I use a sisal and jute rug for my outdoor areas?

    Both jute and sisal rugs are good for outdoor areas. They do not need to be as durable because they will get less wear and tear than an indoor rug. However, if you are placing these rugs outside, always remember to give them a good shake and brush off any debris, dirt, or leaves before bringing them inside. Remember that these rugs are not for high traffic areas so they will need to be changed more often.

    8. Are jute and sisal rugs hand-knotted?

    Sisal rugs are hand-knotted however, jute is not, but both the rugs are made on a loom. A sisal rug will be more durable and long-lasting and as they are hand-knotted, the rug will last much longer. On the other hand, jute rugs can be hand-knotted but most jute rugs are made by machine. So, they can be cheaper and easier to handle.

    9. Are sisal and jute rugs soft?

    Sisal rugs are more durable and long-lasting as they can be hand-knotted. Therefore, it is much softer than jute. Jute is not soft by itself but if you combine the rug with a carpet pad then that will make it feel cushy on your feet. If you want a softer alternative, then you can also go for sisal rugs instead of jute.

    10. Are Sisal and jute fibers natural?

    Jute is a natural fiber while sisal is made of dried agave leaves. Both jute and sisal rugs are hand-knotted which means that they will last longer than machine-made counterparts. Hence, Both rugs are made of synthetic and natural fibers.

    11. What is a jute plant?

    Jute plants are grown in moist soil and are harvested once they reach maturity. Jute plants produce fibers that can be woven into cloth and then turned into rugs. These plants are the source of hemp and linen. This is why a jute rug is also known as a natural fiber rug because of the natural material that is used to make these rugs. Jute fibers differ greatly from sisal fibers.

    12. What is a sisal plant?

    Sisal plants are also grown in wet soil, but the leaves from this type of plant must be dried before being used for manufacturing purposes because they are made of natural fibers. A sisal carpet is made from these fibers. The softest natural fibers are obtained from the leaves of this type of plant. It is one of the most popular natural fiber rugs in the world.

    13. Can I place synthetic fibers in a natural fiber rug?

    No, synthetic fibers are not compatible with the other materials in a jute or sisal rug. The use of these types of fibers can weaken and even destroy your carpet because it cannot withstand the heat from vacuuming. Only natural fibers should be used to make this kind of rug.

    14. Which one should you choose?

    As we have discussed, both these rugs show some major dissimilarities, so things go like this:

    If you are looking for a rug for high-traffic areas, Sisal is an option for you. It may include places like living rooms, entrances, halls, and other similar areas. Likewise, as Jute cannot bear intense usage, you can put them in a bedroom or a dining hall. Any other corner of your home that doesn't face heavy use can be a good option for a Jute rug. How about having this Jute rug 8 x10 at your study room or personal library? It's a navy blue color with an Ivory pattern of diamonds, and the symmetrical line gives such peaceful vibes. Let's consider it according to their feelings. If you are planning to sit and spend a pretty good amount of time on your rug, go for Jute. The coarse Sisal would make things scratchy for you. Also, as we have already said, don't let Sisal hurt your sensitive crawling babies or pets. Buy them some good Jute rugs. Wouldn't it be fun to have your baby playing on a round jute rug? Yes, you can put Sisal for your cat to use as a Scratching post. Sisal carpets possess flame retardant, absorb sound, and anti-static properties. So, they can be a good option for your kids' playroom. Or, wouldn't it be a good option to put them at your home studio, dining room or family room?  Now, if you are seriously into these organic rugs, and budget is your only major concern, here is the option for you: The jute rugs are considerably lower in price as compared to the other one. Unfortunately, their durability is also lower. So, if you can afford, we hope investing some good amount in a Sisal rug wouldn't be a bad choice too. Otherwise, Jute is already there to serve well without disturbing your budget.   

    Shouldn't I give you a suggestion of a spot where you can purchase amazing rugs at absolutely affordable prices? Yes, you read it correctly! Expensive things aren't always the best options. You can even purchase some best flooring at normal prices from retailers like Rugknots. They aim to bring some top-class foreigner rugs at your doorstep. You can have a look at their Jute collection here. Sisal and Jute, both are biodegradable, eco-friendly, and sustainable. So, having environmental concerns, you can opt for both. 

    Here is all from our side for differences between jute rug and sisal rug. Did you like it? The choice of a rug can greatly impact your home. So, it's better to make an informed decision. Well, we agree, it is not that easy! The variety of floor coverings' rug materials, colors, patterns make it very hard to select that Best item for you. So, in case you are confused about the selection of rugs, you can contact us anytime. We, at RugKnots, are joyfully available to serve you round the clock. You can also get the benefit of our free buying guides for different types of rugs. Feel free to email us at info@rugknots.com or call us at (301) 660-7046. We are happy to answer all your questions.



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