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Jute Rugs

Small and large jute rugs made from natural, environmentally friendly materials

Looking to add a casual, laid back atmosphere to your home? Our braided, flatweave, hand-loomed and power-loomed natural jute rugs provide an effortlessly chic touch to any room, with the added benefit of being environmentally friendly.

Always on-trend, jute rugs have a timeless, organic appearance and feel soft underfoot, making them the ideal choice for bedrooms and living areas. Natural jute rugs are recyclable and 100% biodegradable, meaning you can enjoy your eco-friendly rug for decades without worrying about its environmental impact.

From neutral shades to bold tones, our adaptable, eco-friendly jute rugs come in a range of styles. The versatility of jute material makes it suitable for a range of shapes and sizes, from round jute rugs to long rectangular runners.

Whether you’re after a minimalist black rug or a bold, colourful statement piece, our range has the right jute rug to add a natural feel to your home.

Add the perfect finishing touch without breaking your budget with a round jute rug

Despite its popularity and its eco-friendly construction, jute rugs are still affordable. Our classic jute rugs start from under $100, making them a budget-conscious choice that doesn’t sacrifice quality construction or premium feel.

Our large jute rugs are some of the most affordable large floor coverings on the market, making them a popular choice for filling big spaces. Their neutral colours and classic appearance can tie together your living or dining room decor.

Our jute carpet runners are a great option for sprucing up your hallway. Their natural toughness stands up to the wear and tear of everyday life, making them ideal for hallways and corridors. Because of their naturally soft texture, jute rugs are both durable and comfortable, adding a premium feel to your living areas.

The history of jute carpets and rugs

Jute rugs have been popular for centuries, with their origins dating back to the Indus Valley Civilisation of the Bronze Age.

Jute is a plant fibre grown in Southeast Asia that still ranks as one of the most affordable and versatile eco-friendly fibres to produce in the world. Jute is so versatile that it’s believed the Ancient Egyptians ate jute plants.

Jute trading began with the British in the 17th century and was highly profitable for many manufacturers at the time. Jute products were used throughout both World Wars, with over one billion jute sandbags being exported to the trenches in World War I.

Known for its durability, jute has been used to create ropes, twine and burlap throughout history. This gives it a rugged, timeless look that has contributed to its popularity in modern decor, with the return of rustic aesthetics in home styling.

Despite its rugged appearance, jute is known for its softness, making it a great choice for the family home.

How to style your jute carpets and rugs

Jute rugs are incredibly versatile thanks to their natural appearance and range of dyed colours. Jute floor coverings are popular for anyone cultivating a boho or beachy themed home, as the natural fibres create a relaxed aesthetic. Chunky jute rugs are particularly popular for boho stylings.

For a cleaner look, bleached jute provides an airiness that elevates your space while still maintaining a laid-back vibe. Round jute rugs are perfect for styling underneath coffee tables in living areas, while large jute rugs are great for placing underneath dining tables or under lounges. We also recommend small jute rugs for highlighting furniture like side tables and sideboards.

Placing a jute rug in your home

With our selection of colours, patterns and shapes, our range of jute rugs are a great choice for livening up your living areas. However, we’ve put together a handful of tips to keep in mind when styling a jute rug in your home.

  • Coffee tables and dining tables — When adding a rug underneath a coffee or dining table, make sure that all four legs fit on your jute rug. We also recommend leaving enough space between the edge of the table and the edge of the rug for you to walk around the circumference of the table. This prevents your rug from looking too small for the table and helps to stop the rug from getting caught under chair legs.
     
  • Patterned rugs — If opting for a patterned jute rug, consider if any surrounding furniture will cover the rug’s design. For example, traditional rugs often feature a border design around the outside. If placing this style of rug in a bedroom, the edges of your bed may cover part of the pattern. This can create an off-kilter look to your home decor.
     
  • Under-bed rugs — When placing a jute rug under your bed, make sure there is an equal amount of rug on either side of the bed. This creates a symmetrical look for your room.
     
  • Rug shapes — If you’re placing a rug underneath your furniture, we recommend matching the shape of your rug to the shape of the furniture on top of it. For example, add a round jute rug underneath a round coffee table for a harmonious look.

    However, don’t be afraid to mix it up depending on your personal style. The mid-century modern style plays with adding contrasting shapes to the same room, such as placing a round rug in front of a rectangular couch. This can liven up your living area and add a refreshing burst of character to the room.
     
  • Carpet runners — When styling a jute carpet runner in your hallway, try to allow at least 10cm of space between the edges of the rug and the surrounding walls. This stops your rug from looking too big for the hallway.

Jute rugs for every home decor theme

Jute rugs come in a variety of shapes and colours that makes them adaptable to your home aesthetic. If you have a particular style in mind for your home, read on for our guide on how a jute rug can enhance your home decor theme.

Traditional

When choosing a rug to match your traditional home, our range of jute rugs includes a selection of elegant, sophisticated colours that add a touch of warmth to any room.

The goal of traditional decor is to create a timeless, classic space that feels comfortable and inviting. While many people associate traditional-style rugs with regal European and Oriental patterns, a simple jute rug can add the right finishing touch to your traditional theme.

Our Jolly Eco Friendly Jute Rug has a silky appearance similar to classic textures like wool. Its clean edges and neutral colour scheme would make it ideal to balance out a traditionally styled with busier, more vibrant colours and patterns. Available in three convenient sizes, our Jimmy Bleach Flatweave Rug would be similarly suited to this type of living room or entertaining area.

Mid-Century Modern

One of the defining characteristics of mid-century modern style is its incorporation of contrasting shapes to create a lively, refreshing atmosphere. That makes our range of round and rectangular jute rugs an unconventional but effective choice for your mid-century modern aesthetic.

Our circular jute rugs, such as our Harmony Natural Jute Rug, would create an eye-catching contrast when paired with rectangular furniture such as lounges, entertainment units and sideboards. If you have a large living space, try pairing a monochrome round jute rug with a rectangular rug featuring a busy, abstract pattern, such as our Mallorca Hand Woven Jute Rug.

Mid-century modern is known for its experimentation with colourful geometric patterns. Our Derby Chindi Braided Rug features an off-beat square pattern across its surface. The squares themselves add a colourful touch to the room, contrasting with the neutral tan underneath. Plus, the coloured squares have a wool-like appearance that adds a contrasting texture to your space.

Eclectic

Much like mid-century modern styling, eclectic decor is all about taking risks to create a space that feels chaotic and cohesive at the same time. Our Derby Chindi Braided Rug is another standout option for this style, with its appearance of contrasting textures between the colourful square patterns and the neutral base underneath.

A good way to start building an eclectic space is to pair two rugs with contrasting patterns together and see how it feels. Our recommendation would be to try seeing if the dark grey of our Harmony Natural Jute Rug brings out the red and black highlights on our Massimo Hand-Woven Border Rug.

With eclectic styling, there are no rules. But there’s often some trial and error. Our site includes an accurate range of useful images for each product, to help you make the best-informed decision with your purchase. If you’re unsure about how to build the eclectic living room of your dreams, browse the photos on our product pages and see what jumps out at you.

Boho

When adding a rug to your bohemian space, it’s best to avoid monochromatic colours or sharp shapes. The hard edges of a geometric pattern create a rigid, controlled feeling that clashes with the loose, charming feeling of boho styling.

Our Polly Round Braided Rug is a popular choice for the bohemian theme. Its integration of vibrant colours within a loosely structured pattern is ideal for building character within a space, without overwhelming the laid-back flow of the room.

Hamptons

Hamptons decor is where your jute rug will really shine. Jute rugs are a surefire way to bring a breezy beach atmosphere to your living room, bedroom or entertainment area.

The visual texture of jute rugs creates a rustic, laid-back feeling in any space. Their integration of neutral tans and beiges with natural jute fibres is perfect for evoking the Hamptons style.

Hamptons-style rugs typically use light blues and often serve as a splash of colour against clean white walls. Our Ravine Denim & Jute Braid Rug is a great choice for this decor, as the calm light blues are interwoven with natural straw-coloured beige.

The bleached colour of our Oscar Handwoven Jute Rug creates a sandy look that would be especially effective when paired with dark grey or brown floorboards. For a bolder colour, try our Harrold Hand Woven Jute Rug. The natural tan border contrasts beautifully with its deep ocean blue.

When creating your dream Hamptons style, our range of jute rugs provides the best options at an affordable price.

Jute carpet and rug FAQs

  • How do you clean a jute rug?

    For general maintenance, we recommend shaking your rug outside to dislodge most of the dirt and hair. It’s important to vacuum your jute rug twice a week to remove excess dust, debris and shedding.

    As jute rugs are made from 100% natural fibres, they can often shed small dust-like fibres which are easily picked up by a vacuum or swept up by a broom. However, high-quality jute rugs are woven tightly to prevent excessive shedding.

    For everyday spills, we recommend dabbing the spill with a dry towel to soak it up and protect the rug from further damage. Avoid rubbing your jute rug as this can work the stain further into the fibres. Start by dabbing from the outside of the stain and work your way inwards.

    If the spill is particularly large or if dabbing is ineffective, try soaking up the liquid with a small amount of bicarb soda. This method soaks up the liquid and also balances the acid in the spill, which helps prevent discolouration.

    However, the golden rule when cleaning your jute rug is to avoid getting it wet. Moisture can release oils in the rug’s natural fibres which will darken the rug. We recommend sticking with dry cleaning methods when trying to remove spills from your jute rugs.
     
  • Are jute rugs hypoallergenic?

    Yes! With regular vacuuming and general upkeep, jute rugs are great options for allergy sufferers. While most rugs will absorb allergens to some extent, jute carpet rugs will actively repel dust mites thanks to their natural fibres. Jute rugs are also typically made with a thinner weave than synthetic fibres, meaning they trap fewer allergens in their pile. The strong, tight fibres used in high-quality jute rugs reduce the number of excess rug fibres released into your home.

    With its natural, non-toxic construction, a jute rug is a good choice if you want to minimise the spread of allergens and the overall air quality of your home.
     
  • Do jute rugs shed?

    This depends on the quality of your jute rug. One of the main selling points of jute rugs is the hypoallergenic plant fibres, making them ideal for reducing the spread of allergens in your home. However, jute rugs have been known to shed depending on their construction and age. Higher quality jute rugs made with tighter braiding typically shed less than other jute rugs, though shedding can still occur.

    Because they are made with braided plant fibres, jute rugs can become brittle over time. Light shedding can be easily avoided with regular vacuuming. Alternatively, shake your jute rug outdoors to release any loose dust from the rug. This will reduce shedding in your home.

    At Rug.com.au, we provide our customers with the highest quality jute rugs at an affordable price. We pride ourselves on providing the best service for our customers and we’re always eager to help you make the right purchase for your home. If you have an enquiry about a specific rug, reach out to us online or call us on 1800-784-368.
     
  • Are jute rugs environmentally friendly?

    Yes, jute rugs are very environmentally friendly. Jute is a 100% natural vegetable fibre grown in humid, tropical locations in countries like India, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh. Around 90% of the world’s jute fibres are grown in Bangladesh and are used to weave rugs, ropes and other useful materials.

    Jute plants don’t require poisonous chemicals like fertilisers or pesticides to grow, making them one of the most environmentally friendly crops to produce. If you want to avoid bringing chemicals or toxins into your home, a jute rug is a great option. 100% natural, fully biodegradable and recyclable, jute rugs are one of the most eco-conscious rugs available.
     
  • Are jute rugs too casual for my space?

    This depends entirely on your choice of decor and the feeling you want to create in a room. A jute rug is often associated with the laid-back feeling of Hamptons decor or the chic, characterful bohemian aesthetic.

    If you’re looking for a rug to add a sophisticated touch to a room, jute rugs are probably not the best option. Professional spaces like offices lean towards contemporary geometric rugs, as their use of clean, symmetrical shapes create a sleek, sharp impression.

    Our range of jute rugs includes dyed colours such as dark greys and blacks, which are suitable if you’re interested in a monochromatic aesthetic for your space. However, one of the main selling points of jute rugs is their visual texture. Their woven appearance creates a busy, loose feeling that often clashes with the cool, contemporary feel of professional spaces.

    We recommend browsing our range of geometric rugs and contemporary rugs if you’re looking to create a professional feeling in your space.
     
  • Can jute rugs be used outside?

    Jute rugs are great for indoor and outdoor use, depending on your needs.

    For outdoor use, it’s best to place a jute rug on porches and patios as their natural look and feel complement the outdoor setting. This also prevents excess moisture and humidity from affecting your rug, as liquids can discolour jute rugs by darkening the fibres. Make sure your jute rugs are kept in covered outdoor areas like verandahs, porches and decks that offer protection from the rain.

    If you’re looking for the natural, organic feel of jute with added durability for outdoor settings, we recommend opting for a sisal rug. Sisal is a much coarser and more durable fibre that has a similar look to jute, but with extra toughness.
     
  • What’s the difference between sisal and jute?

    Sisal and jute are both 100% natural fibres, derived from plants in different parts of the world. Jute is mainly produced in Bangladesh from tall, leafy plants reminiscent of bamboo.

    Meanwhile, sisal is a stiff, tough fibre derived from the agave plant, the same plant that produces tequila. Traditionally found in Southern Mexico, most sisal is farmed in Africa and processed in Belgium.

    Based on appearance alone, there’s not a big difference between sisal and jute. Both can be dyed easily and come in a range of sizes. The main difference between the two is how they feel underfoot. Sisal is coarser and more hardy, making it better suited to outdoor use. Jute is typically softer and better suited for living areas and bedrooms.
     
  • Are jute rugs pet friendly?

    If you’re a pet owner, your first thought when buying a new rug is probably how your dog or cat will react to it. Fortunately, jute rugs are a great option for all kinds of pets.

    Everyone’s pet is different. If your cat likes to scratch your current rug, they’ll likely also enjoy scratching a jute rug. However, there is no evidence to suggest that jute rugs are more popular as scratching posts for cats and dogs compared to other types of rugs.

    Jute rugs are made with dirt absorbing fibres. While they will pick up the dirt and dust tracked in by your pets, the benefit of jute rugs is that this dirt will then work its way through the fibres, rather than sitting on the surface. Simply lift your rug and sweep underneath it to quickly and conveniently dispose of any pet hairs or dirt.

    This makes jute rugs a great option for transitional spaces in your home, such as exits and entrances. Place one outside sliding doors or on your undercover verandah to catch any excess dirt before it gets indoors.

    However, it’s best to avoid getting your jute rug wet. This means that if you have a pet who is prone to accidents, a jute rug may not be the best choice for you. If your pet does accidentally soil your jute rug, we recommend blotting the affected area. If you still can’t shift the stain, try a dry carpet cleaning solution.
     
  • Are jute rugs soft?

    Yes! Jute is naturally soft without sacrificing strength and durability. Jute rugs are comfortable to walk on with bare feet, providing a comforting texture thanks to their firm fibres and chunky weaves.

    Jute is sometimes blended with other materials like chenille to create a softer feel. Regardless of their blend, jute rugs are soft enough for living rooms, bedrooms and dining areas. They’re also perfect for bare-foot households, too.

    However, if you require a rug with extra softness for children, our range of kid's rugs are a better fit for your little ones. Our kid's rugs are made with machine-washable synthetic materials, making it easy to clean them should any spills occur. We’ve tailored our kid's range to provide maximum softness for your kids, including a selection of fun, educational patterns to keep them entertained for hours.
     
  • How do I choose the right size jute rug for my space?

    Jute rugs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so it’s important to choose one that fits your space and purpose. We’ve put together a breakdown of our entire range of rug sizes to help you find the best fit for your room.

    Small rugs — Our small rugs measure between 150 x 80cm and 170 x 120cm and are best suited for small living areas. They’re also great for livening up transitional areas like entrances and exits in your home or highlighting small pieces of furniture within a large room.

    Medium rugs — Measuring at 230 x 160 cm, medium rugs are perfect for living rooms and can be placed under desks in home offices. They can also be added underneath small beds such as in children’s bedrooms.

    Large rugs — Large rugs are best for filling spacious living rooms, master bedrooms and dining rooms at 290 x 200 cm. Large jute rugs are especially great for placing under 6-8 seater dining settings.

    Extra-large rugs — For large open plan rooms and extra spacious homes, extra-large jute rugs will add warmth and texture to your space. They’re also recommended for larger dining tables that can seat 8-10 people at 330 x 240 cm.

    However, make sure an extra-large rug isn’t too big for your space. In many cases, pairing two medium-sized rugs can be a better solution for covering a large surface area, especially in segmented entertaining rooms. Pairing rugs of multiple sizes into one large space can help divide up a room and make your space appear larger.
     
  • Do I need an anti-slip pad for my jute rug?

    As a general rule, we recommend all our customers add an anti-slip pad to every rug purchase. While jute rugs aren’t more slippery than synthetic or cowhide rugs, any rug is susceptible to moving and slipping depending on the surface underneath them.

    An anti-slip pad will reduce the risk of accidents occurring in areas with high foot traffic. This is especially important for homes with small children who are more likely to slip and fall. Our slip pads will also save you time having to readjust your rug if it moves position.

    At Rug.com.au, we make it simple to include an anti-slip pad with your rug. On any of our product pages, find the Select Pad option and choose the required pad size for your rug. Then, add the rug to your cart as normal.
     
  • When will my jute rug arrive?

    Your jute rug should arrive within 5-10 business days. During holiday periods, your delivery may be delayed.

    You’ll receive tracking information with each of your orders, allowing you to follow the progress of your delivery.

    Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to find your perfect rug. That’s why our website features a dedicated Shipping Calculator on every product page. Our Shipping Calculator makes it a breeze to find the exact cost of your delivery and the estimated time of arrival for your order.

    On any product page on our website, simply select the Shipping Calculator tab and enter your postcode or suburb, as well as the item quantity required. Plus, spend over $300 and receive free shipping on your order Australia-wide!

    Please note that signatures are required upon delivery and as such, we do not ship to PO Boxes.
     
  • Will my jute rug look identical to the photos on your website?

    We always try to ensure the images on our website are as accurate as possible to the product you’ll receive. However, several factors mean your rug may look slightly different to our images.

    When you unroll your new rug, the natural and electric light in your room can affect its appearance. For example, rooms with more natural light will pick up the lighter hues of your rug. While this won’t radically change your rug’s appearance, it’s worth keeping the lighting of your room in mind when selecting a rug colour.

    The settings on your computer monitor can also affect how our photos appear. Every computer monitor has different settings for brightness and contrast that can slightly change how any photo will appear. Unfortunately, this is unavoidable, but the effect on your purchased rug should be minimal.
     
  • Can I return my jute rug if it’s not right?

    We want all of our customers to be thrilled with their new rugs. We accept returns within 30 days of purchase for any order.

    All returned rugs need to be sent to our Gold Coast warehouse in Queensland. We’ll provide you with the address and instructions once the returns process has begun. If you’d like to return your jute rug, get in touch with us online or at 1800-784-368 within 30 days of purchase to receive a return authorisation number. Upon receipt of your return, we’ll issue a full refund of the purchase price to your original payment method.

    All returns must be unused and in their original packaging.
     
  • Do you offer Afterpay or Zippay?

    Yes! We offer both Afterpay and Zippay on our entire selection of high-quality rugs. Add the perfect jute rug to your home now and pay it off over time with our flexible options.

    With Afterpay, you can make four easy interest-free repayments on your rug order. Simply select Afterpay as your payment method at checkout and your brand new jute rug can be paid off in four equal fortnightly payments. The only additional fees are for late payments — otherwise, your repayments are fast, convenient and interest-free.

    Purchase your jute rug with Zippay to get your rug now and pay later. Choose how you’d like to pay with up to 6 months interest-free on your repayments. A $6 monthly account fee is charged each month that you have a balance owing — if you don’t have any owed payments, you don’t need to pay a fee.

    Did we mention free shipping? Spend over $300 and receive free shipping on your rug order. We’ve made it easier than ever to start your interior decorating journey with a brand new rug for your home.

Order a large jute rug today and receive free shipping when you spend over $300!

If you want great quality jute rugs at affordable prices, Rug.com.au is the place for you. We’ve been Australian owned and operated for over 30 years, so we know what you want from a jute rug: quality, authenticity and value.

Backed by impeccable customer service, our comprehensive range, amazing prices, quick delivery and easy returns have made us Australia’s choice for all things rugs. Our eco-friendly jute rugs will bring a natural finishing touch to your home, from small and large jute rugs to patterned rugs, natural rugs and fashionable round jute rugs.

Customer reviews

Still not convinced? Check out these glowing customer reviews for some of our premium jute rugs.

Awesome rug — Bleach Jute Hand Woven Rug — ☆☆☆☆☆

"I absolutely love this runner. I purchased the 314cm rug for my new kitchen. It looks great, feels great and perfectly compliments my kitchen.

— Simone, 20 September 2020

Casual and Stylish — Chunky Jute Hand Woven Rug — ☆☆☆☆☆

"I'm very happy with my decision to purchase the natural jute rug for my beach house living room. The rug is true to the website photos in texture and colour. It's casual and stylish and suits the holiday house setting. It's of high quality construction and should wear well. The online order was processed and consigned to interstate transport on the day of purchase. It was delivered within four days. Brilliant!"

— Joy Milward on 18 December 2020

Amazing product, exceeds expectations — Bleach Jute Hand Woven Rug — ☆☆☆☆☆

"Really thick great quality jute rug. Totally transformed the area. Will be back to buy some bigger sizes as well."

— Jean Coward, 18 February 2020