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Posted by Linda Merrill | Sep 07, 2009

Jute Mats: Sustainable, Durable, and Water Resistant

Jute Mats: Sustainable, Durable, and Water-Resistant

Did you know that 2009 was named the International Year of Natural Fibers by the General Assembly of the United Nations? Natural is in and jute is one of the oldest and most natural fibers going. It is a low maintenance crop with almost no need for fertilizer or pesticides-which reduces growing costs and impact on the environment. Jute does, however, require a lot of water, which is why it's most prevalent in locales with monsoon seasons such as India and Bangladesh. Jute is strong and can be used alone or blended with other fibers. Depending on the part of the plant you are dealing with, it can be coarse or silk-like and offers many options for products such as floor mats. Jute is naturally light brown in color, but can be dyed as well.

Diamond Jute Rug-2'x3' Mat

Soft underfoot and stylish to look at, this Diamond Jute Rug from West Elm has a classic design pattern that ups the decorative ante wherever it is used. Whether in front of the kitchen sink or at an entryway, this stylish floor mat is the perfect accent to any room of any design style or budget.

Jute Tennis Stripe Mat

This jute mat from www.deckchairstripes.com has a snappy stripe that is sure to brighten up any room from laundry to sun porch. This mat is highly durable and hardwearing for high traffic areas but its smooth woven texture makes it refined enough for any room in the home. High durability means a longer lasting product-another benefit to world and wallet.

Large Pinecone Rug

You can almost smell the pine scent when looking at this rustic pinecone rug mat from www.thecabinstore.com, made from 100% jute fiber. The large central pinecone motif is surrounded by a fir tree border and is perfect for lovers of great northern woods and wilds. This mat is water repellent, color fast and fire retardant-great for kneeling on when tending that cozy fire!

MLB Jute Boucle Rug-48”x72”

Batter's up with this Major League Baseball jute boucle rug. Jute makes an ideal product for any young sports fan-it is durable, water resistant and family friendly. Whether in a bedroom, playroom or man cave, this small rug shows team spirit, all the way! Available from Endless Variety on Amazon.com.

Herringbone Jute Rug-2'x3'

These classic herringbone jute rugs from The Company Store make the perfect mats for city house or pool house. Highly durable, water-resistant and traffic tolerant, these rugs come with decorative cotton banding in a selection of colors to coordinate with your décor.

Chindi Striped Rug-3'x5'

Burlap and grain sacks are all the rage to today and this chindi striped rug from Pottery Barn mat fits right into this trend. Made by artisan rug makers of natural jute, this soft mat is reversible for twice the life and the high durability factor of jute just adds to the value! This pretty little piece fits in anywhere-from country homes to city pads.

Braided Jute Welcome Mat

Old-fashioned traditional appeal oozes out of this braided jute welcome mat. Jute is the perfect material for both indoor and outdoor use-it's durable, water resistant and fire retardant. The design is colorfast and won't fade, bleed or wear away. Long life products such as this help keep the landfills empty and our pocket books full. Available at www.basspro.com.

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