I posted a picture on Instagram a few weeks ago of the sisal rug I recently bought to replace the jute one in our living room. So, this is my verdict on the new rug and why I’ll never buy a rug without a good backing again. . .
I bought the jute rug a couple of years ago during the winter and loved the thick, chunky texture. I also liked all of the pattern–even once I brought in the blue and white sofa. What I didn’t love was that no matter what I did, the rug moved all over the place, changing shape like a crazy amoeba–or cheap sweater.
While part of that is the character of natural jute fibers, it didn’t help that there was no backing. We bought a good rug pad and even tried heavy duty carpet tape. It always moved, driving me crazy and resulting in me making my husband and son take all of the furniture off several times and try to shape it back into place. (It never lasted long and you can imagine how much they loved this job. . . ) There was also a lot of bunching around the furniture legs because of the thickness.
You live and learn. This time around, I opted for a sisal with more of a flat weave and a latex backing. It’s made all the difference. After doing a lot of online research, I ended up ordering this one made by Safavieh, which is actually a pretty good dupe of this pricier version.
As far as how it feels, I would say it’s not as soft as the jute but totally fine even if you’re barefoot. We’re past the season of babies rolling around on the floor and I haven’t heard any complaints from my family.
Also, some of you have asked if I still have the Pottery Barn chenille jute rug that I’ve mentioned on the blog several times. We bought it around 8 years ago for our last house and it’s currently in our home office/dining room. It’s still a favorite (I almost bought it again) and has held up pretty well though a move and lots of furniture rearranging. It’s a great look if you want texture without a lot of pattern. (It’s also a good rug to use as a base for layering.)