Everyone needs to know how to stop an area rug from curling on the edges. Many rugs have a latex backing which helps maintainRona Teal Flat Weave Rug the weave integrity of the rug. If an area rug backed with latex is stored for a prolonged amount of time, it may maintain a “memory” of being rolled. To remove this curl, your rug needs to be reverse rolled.

Printed Jute Rugs have a double thickness at the edge. You will need to bend the edge against the curl, in the center of the double thickness, the full length of the rug. After bending, roll the rug snugly  against the curl for 1/2 its length. Letting the rug remain in this position for approximately 15 minutes should flatten the edges.

Bordered Sisal/Seagrass Rugs are backed with latex plus they have foam padding under the border. Follow the same directions as above for the Printed Jute, reverse rolling your rug against the curl for 1/2 its length.

Wool Rugs (canvas backed) use latex, under the canvas, to hold the weave in place. They are not subject to as much “memory” curl as the rugs listed above but if a curl exists, simply follow the previous directions. This same process can be followed with cotton rugs also.

Benefits of a Natural Fiber Area Rug

Victoria Wool Jute Rug - SlateLet’s explore the benefits of a natural fiber rug. Natural fiber rugs are  known for their durability and extended life. Depending of what fibers are used to create an area rug will dictate what benefits are received. All natural fiber rugs can be used in high, medium and low traffic areas.  Listed below are your basic traffic zones.

High Traffic Area: entryways, family rooms & hallways

Medium Traffic Area: lining rooms & home office

Low Traffic Area: bedrooms & formal living rooms

Seagrass is extremely durable and recommended for entryways and high traffic zones. Seagrass rugs are often made with a latex backing, which helps hold the woven fibers in place. However, seagrass is not meant to brave the elements so it is not recommended for the outside.

Sisal is an extremely strong fiber but will stain more easily than Jute or Seagrass. You may not want to use a Sisal rug in an area where you would be concerned about excessive dirt and grime. Sisal rugs work best in a medium traffic areas and can actually help keep a room cool by absorbing humidity on hot summer nights.

Jute works best in medium traffic areas and is hard-wearing and long lasting. Jute is naturally shiny, holds dyes well, resists fading, and has natural anti-static properties. The plant itself is highly sustainable and needs no fertilizers while growing.

Coir, often used in doormats, is the ONLY natural fiber that will withstand extended exposure to water. If you live in an area that get excessive rain, coir is your best bet. Coir also has a natural  resistance to bacteria and fungus growth. If you are going to use a coir rug on a delicate surface, you should use a rug pad to protect your floor.

Our Santa Rosa show room located near Sebastopol has a wide selection of RUGS.