Natural Fibre Carpets

During the past ten years or so there has been a tremendous increase in the demand for the rustic seagrass, jute, coir, and sisal products. They are extremely tough, and they look terrific when newly laid.

natural fibre carpets

There are different types of natural fibre carpets:

– Sisal
– Coir
– Jute
– Seagrass


By their very nature, natural-fibre carpets tend to vary from batch to batch. The mixing of the natural fibres is not particularly scientific, and the finished product can sometimes differ slightly from the shop sample.

Fibre Types


Comes from the Sisal bush: a spiky plant reminiscent of the indoor plant that was once called ‘mother-in-law’s tongue.’ It is reasonably soft in texture, and very hard-wearing. Includes the famous ‘Tiger’s Eye pattern.


Is made from coconut husk. A fairly tough, informal material which lends itself to rustic locations. It is quite ‘stimulating’ under bare feet, but does not draw blood as often as its detractors suggest.


From the Jute plant of warmer climes. This is much softer than other naturals and therefore not quite so tough, (not that the writer has ever seen one that is worn-out). The pale-coloured woven jute carpets are particularly appropriate for bedrooms, and make an excellent base for inexpensive hand-woven Persian kelim rugs. Prone to staining.


As the name suggests, is made from a species of grass that grows beside (not in) the sea. This is the most stain-resistant of the naturals. It is extremely tough stuff, but even more than the other naturals, requires regular vacuuming to prevent a build-up of grime in its deeply-textured surface. Care should be exercised if using seagrass on stairs. The surface of this fibre is naturally smooth, and with the additional polishing effect of use, this can prove too dangerous on stairs.

Natural pile fibres such as jute, sisal, coir, and hair – have little resistance to staining. It is advisable to choose a practical colour for areas that might be subjected to soiling. Happily, many of the ‘dried dirt’ colours are particularly attractive, and these are the least likely to prove troublesome. Commercial stain inhibiting sprays offers some protection, and we are able to provide this treatment at the time of fitting. Seagrass is fairly resistant to staining.


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