We know what happened. You fell in love with that Victorian in San Francisco, Pre-War in New York, or modern in the Hollywood Hills because of yes, you got it: the hardwood floors.
And then, approximately two hours after move-in, you realized you needed to find something to cover those, well, very hard wood floors. And so you turned to the quick fix: the sisal, the seagrass, the jute, whatever it is that all your friends have.
We're here to tell you that all plant-based rugs are not created equal. Although "sisal" and "seagrass" are often used interchangeably, that's like saying January Jones and Christina Hendricks are the same thing because they're both on Mad Men and hot.
While sisal, seagrass, and jute are each made from the natural fiber of vegetables, there are key differences. Sisal, the strongest and most durable of the three, derives from the long leaves of the “agave sisalana” cactus of Africa and Brazil. Seagrass is a thicker fiber derived from tropical grasses and grows in the low-lying areas of the Asia-Pacific region. Jute feels a lot like cotton but with fibers that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. The finest jute comes from the Bengal Delta Plain, mostly in Bangladesh and India.
One of our favorite resources for natural fiber rugs is Sisal Rugs Direct. They know their stuff, they send you samples ahead of time, and they allow you to totally customize your rugs according to size and border (we suggest sisal with a border of your own drape or upholstery fabric).
Just think, in two short weeks you'll totally forget about that gorgeous hardwood you loved so much.