Jute Mats: Sustainable, Durable, and Water Resistant

Sep 07, 2009 | Linda Merrill

Natural fibers are "in" ... and jute is one of the oldest, most natural fibers going. It's a sustainable, low maintenance crop with almost no need for fertilizer or pesticides, which reduces growing costs and impact on the environment. Jute does require a lot of water, though, so it's most prevalent in locales with monsoon seasons such as India and Bangladesh. Jute is strong whether used alone or blended with other fibers. Depending on which part of the plant is used, it may be coarse or silk-like, offering many options for rugs and floor mats. Though naturally light brown, jute can be dyed virtually any color.

See the examples below to get an idea of tremendous variety of stylish jute mats available for your home.

 Artistic Jute Mat-2'x3'

This colorful artistic mat is made of natural jute, backed by latex. The pattern will stay bright and beautiful, because the mat is fade-resistant, although it is designed for indoor use only. Available at www.cocomatsnmore.com.

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.

Pine Cone Rug-20"x30"

You can almost smell the pine scent when looking at this rustic pine cone rug from www.thecabinshop.com, made from 100% jute fiber. The central pine cone motif is perfect for lovers of great northern woods and wilds. This mat is water-repellent, colorfast and fire-retardant -- great for kneeling on when tending that cozy fire! MLB Jute Rug-2'x3'

Batter up with this officially licensed Major League Baseball jute rug. Jute makes an ideal product for any 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 The Memory Company on www.mlbshop.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 decor. Lattice Rug-3'x5'

Jute fiber is dyed a soft gray here to create an attractive lattice-patterned rug. Pottery Barn offers this natural fiber rug in a variety of sizes, from 3'x5' to 9'x12'. This pretty little piece fits in anywhere -- from country homes to city pads. Available at: www.potterybarn.com

No matter what type of flooring you have installed in your home, one of these lovely jute mats will accent it perfectly.

Updated June 27, 2018.

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