Choosing the right rug fibre

Choosing the right rug fibre

Cotton? Wool? Jute? One of the most important things you want to look out for when shopping online is the material that the rug is made of... and the quality.

To choose the right material you will need to consider how much traffic your rug will receive and what type of texture you want the rug and the room to have; and of course, what your budget is. If you are looking for an eco-friendly option check out our how to choose an ethical and sustainable rug blog post on Homely.

You will find that most rugs use a combination of materials such as those found in the Weave Home range. We have put together an in-depth guide to the three most commonly used materials so that you can shop with confidence.

Cadiz rug by weave. Jute Rug. Summer rugs

Jute Rug

Best for: High-traffic and sunny areas such as your living room.

Jute is a natural fibre made from a plant native to India. The long soft and shiny fibres found at the central parts of the stalk are spun into strong threads. The most common type of jute produced today is brown jute which is golden in colour – it is stronger softer and silkier than its counterpart white jute. Being a natural material it can add a coastal or earthy vibe to any space.

Why we love it:

  • Creates tough and durable rugs
  • Has the ability to create unique weaves and textures that other types of fibre normally cannot achieve
  • Eco-friendly and renewable – typically free from chemical processing
  • Great for adding visual interest anywhere in your home


  • More coarse & rough on your feet compared to other natural fibre rugs
  • Absorbs water easily – making it difficult to clean and can show watermarks overtime

Browse our Jute and Jute-blend rug range.

Travertine rug in Marble by Weave. Wool rug. Soft luxury rug

Wool Rug

Best for: High-traffic spaces that may expect a spill such as the living room and dining room.

Wool is a natural fibre that has been producing excellent quality rugs for centuries. There is a wide range of different wool types used in the rug weaving industry. When shopping online be mindful that synthetic wool does not have the same properties as true wool.

Why we love it:

  • Beautifully soft, resilient fibre that is easy to clean – good stain and water repellent properties
  • Dyes easily and holds its appearance for a long time
  • Longer life span than other fibres
  • No smell


  • It is usually more expensive than other fibres but it is worth it for its high quality
  • Absorbs humidity so not good for damp places
  • It will shed for a little while when new so will require regular vacuuming

Browse our Wool and Wool-blend rug range.

Andes rug in sandstorm.

Cotton Rug

Best for: Casual spaces such as kids’ bedrooms.

Cotton like the wool has been used for centuries. The humble plant is very popular all around the world and has a wide range of uses including clothing bedding cushions and rugs!

Why we love it:

  • It’s affordable
  • It is really easy to clean
  • Good insulation


  • Not as durable as wool or jute
  • Doesn’t repel stains
  • Tends to fade quickly

Browse our Cotton-blend rug range.

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