Choosing a natural fibre rug

Natural fibre rugs are a go-to favourite, and for good reason.  Jute, sisal, seagrass and coir rugs are easy to care for, affordable and eco-friendly. Their natural, earthy texture makes them amazingly versatile, and a perfect neutral addition to any room.

While they share many similarities, the differences between jute, sisal, seagrass and coir are what sets them apart. You may find that one is more suited to your lifestyle than the other. So if you want to know if jute rugs are soft underfoot, if you should go sisal in your high-traffic entrance hall, or if seagrass can handle spills, read on.

Jute Rugs

Jute is a natural plant stem fibre and is also used to make burlap and twine. Jute fibers are soft and smooth, and are thus the gentlest underfoot.

The rich texture and natural tonal variation of jute rugs also comes in handy for masking minor stains or spills. It’s good to note though that jute rugs are less durable than sisal or seagrass, so they’re a better match for spaces with medium traffic, like dining rooms or bedrooms. Jute rugs can also shed when new, and colour and texture can differ from rug to rug.

Sisal Rugs

Sisal fibers come from the agave plant.  Sisal is the strongest, most durable natural fibre rug, and the perfect choice for high traffic areas. Their hardy weave means they last and can stand up to pet-scratching!

Note that while sisal rugs are very durable, they can fade in direct sunlight and can become stained easily, even by water. They can also feel rough underfoot, and can be slippery (so not a great choice for stairs).


Seagrass Rugs

Seagrass is a fast-growing marine plant. The reedy plant produces a strong, non-porous yarn that’s resistant to stains – once a water spill dries, a seagrass rug will return to its normal color.

The dense weave also makes it a very durable choice for high-traffic areas in the home. Your seagrass rug will last you years. Due to the coarse texture of seagrass, it’s not particularly soft underfoot.

Coir Rugs

Coir rugs are made from coconut husks, and because these are natural fibres, they will break down over time. To extend the life of your coir mat, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and try to keep it fairly dry.

Unfortunately shedding is normal for any coir mat, but over time, the shedding will diminish. Simply shake it off or vacuum the mat to remove loose fibers.

All natural fibre rugs and wall-to-wall carpets available from Rebtex.




Perfect rug placement

We just love this handy guide from The Front Door.  When you’re shopping for a rug, it can be hard to know exactly what it’ll look like when it’s in place. The guides below have really helped us when it came to finishing rooms with Rebtex’s array of gorgeous natural rugs.

Another handy tip is to use masking tape to outline the rug area, before going shopping. When you use a measuring tape to figure out the rug size, you lose perspective of how the rug will look in your room. Masking tape is a terrific way to picture the area rug proportions.


Interior Inspiration: Beautiful Restaurant Design

We’re in love with these gorgeous, inspiring restaurant and bar interiors.  From the bright and daring, to the simple and sophisticated, we can’t get enough! Can’t you imagine bringing some of these elements (tiles, statement wallpaper, loads of plants) into your own home?

All tiles from Hadeda.



City Chic Decor Inspiration

Whether industrial, black and white, a simple neutral palette, or glamorous, a city home needs to be a respite from the daily grind.  We’ve gathered some of our favourite looks below.

A common theme among all of these homes is a dominant simple colour choice throughout (usually creams and beiges), natural rugs for warmth, and flashes of colour in small decor items.



Via Rilane

Blue and White Rooms

It would be hard to find a more loved combination than blue and white. The classic pairing – which manages to be both sophisticated and breezy – is a staple in Greece and the palette appeared on Chinese pottery way back in the 19th century.

When the two colours are combined – blue, calm and soothing, and white, clean and simple – you get the ultimate serene, tranquil space.  The blue and white palette can be used easily as the main focus of a room, or just in accents (scatter cushions, vases and ceramics for instance). What we like best about this combination is how easily the rest of the room falls into place – natural rugs and carpets make an excellent choice, while a collection of creamy neutrals add a very ‘Hamptons’ look.

We gathered some of our favourite rooms and decor items.

Blue & white decor

blue and white decor

Image credits from top: Pinterest,  Down & Out ChicTinamottaWith Love From Kat, Mark D Sikes, One Kings LaneGrip Elements, Traditional Home.

Moroccan Decor Inspiration

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Modern Moroccan decor is less canopied beds and hanging lanterns, and more muted tones, natural fibres and flashes of vivid colour. It’s easy to introduce this classic look into your home with decorative tiles, pouffes, a nude palette with bold accents, and natural rugs and carpets (sisal, jute, seagrass or coir).




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Image credits from top: SA Decor, BeautyBeholding, Instagram, Hulya Kepekci/Pinterest, High Fashion HomeInstagram

The New Faux

Gone are the days when faux leather conjured up images of shiny PVC and tacky vinyl. These days faux leather production is extremely sophisticated and the final product has a realistic leather look and feel.

The obvious pro of choosing faux over real, is that faux leather is animal friendly. But it’s also more affordable. This means less commitment when choosing faux leather for upholstery – you can change up your interiors more regularly, at a fraction of the cost. Just what we like to hear!

Another thing about faux leather is the choice of colour – the possibilities are endless – offering even more opportunities for play when it comes to your interiors.

Below are a few of our favourite looks, with all faux leather from Tessa Sonik.



Faux leather, Tessa Sonik Fabrics









Image credits from top: Vlisco, Elle Carmen and Jil Sander Spring 2012, Thom Browne Resort 2014, Anita Quansah’s S/S 2014 Collection, Fashion Magazine May 2013, AD Magazine Russia, 1962 Christian Dior and Piston Cars, Anita Quansah’s S/S 2014 Collection, Overgaard & Dyrman, Chinakwe, Gaye McDonald wearing prints by Vlisco, Moon Look.