To Jute, or Not to Jute – An Honest Review

by Ashley

Are you obsessed with rugs like me? If you’re looking for a new rug, then you might be wondering what is a jute rug or can you clean jute rugs? Wonder no more, this jute rug review will answer all your questions!

Jute Rug Review

There’s something about rugs that really make a space feel finished. A nice sized area rug can help anchor the furniture in a room which creates a cozy, comfortable space. If it were up to me, I would have a rug in every single room of the house!

I partnered with Overstock to make my jute rug dreams come true, and I couldn’t be happier with the quality of this rug! I’ve always loved the look of natural fiber rugs but was worried the texture of the material wouldn’t be as great in real life as it looked on Pinterest.

I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical on how a jute rug would hold up in our home. Especially with a 75lb pup running around!

I am happy to report that this jute beauty is now my absolute favorite rug! Today I am sharing all the details about the Safavieh Casual Natural Jute rug from Spoiler alert: I absolutely love it!

jute rug in dining room. text overlay, "why your next rug should be jute"

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What Is A Jute Rug?

Jute (which is also known as hessian) is a naturally occurring fiber from a vegetable plant.  This fiber is traditionally spun into course strands which can used to make goods such as burlap, and jute rugs! Jute rugs are handwoven from these natural hessian strands!

The best jute rugs are made from high quality natural fibers, and are woven very tightly to form a beautiful yet durable rug.

dining room with table and chairs on top of a jute rug

Can You Clean Jute Rugs?

Yes, you can clean jute rugs. The dust and dirt from everyday usage is relatively easy to clean from a jute rug.  Jute’s natural fibers are excellent at capturing dirt, dust and debris. The captured dirt works its way through the rug and ends up being conveniently hidden beneath the rug until you are ready to clean. Take the rug outside and shake it throughly for cleaning.  For a large jute rug with furniture on top, it might be easier to lift each side and clean the underside with a broom, or vacuum.

Between cleanings, we use a vacuum to clean the top of the rug, and remove any ‘shedding’ fibers. Jute rugs are perfect for high traffic areas because they are great at absorbing dirt and crumbs without it showing. Meaning, they always look clean, even when they aren’t.

Cleaning intervals for a jute rug should be anywhere from weekly to monthly (or longer) depending on usage.  In very low traffic areas, cleaning intervals could be significantly longer.

How To Remove a Stain From A Jute Rug

Severe spills and stains are more difficult to deal with, but it is possible to remove most spills and stains from a jute rug. I recommend cleaning using the Capture Dry Cleaning Kit.

Start out by sprinkling dry cleaning powder on the stain, and scrub vigorously with the included scrub brush. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, use a vacuum to remove the powder (and hopefully the stain) from the jute rug.

If the dry rub doesn’t work on a tough stain, try using the Soil Release Pre-Mist before scrubbing with the dry powder. This should be sufficient for most stains.

Recommended Cleaning Supplies (Amazon):

Jute Rug Review. Jute rug in dining room with table and chairs on it
Jute rug in dining room with table and chairs. Dyson vacuum in foreground.

I Love The Cozy Neutral Texture

Those three words pretty much sum up my entire decor style. I love the texture that the Safavieh Casual Natural Jute Rug brought to our dining room.  The texture brings a three-dimensional feel to the room while feel cozy at the same time.

If you have a space that feels stark and empty, a jute rug would make a great addition! The natural look is classic and practical and neutral color is easy to coordinate with other decor pieces.  This makes it easy to switch up the decor in a room as often (or infrequently) as you choose.

If you have an addiction to woven baskets (yep, me too!) jute rugs are like having that basket-look spread out over your floor.

Jute Rug closeup

The Safaviea Casual Natural Jute Rug Is Affordable

Natural fiber rugs, like jute, are an affordable choice when it comes to adding a rug to your space. Other types of rugs can cost many times more than the Safaviea Casual Natural Jute rug, or even thousands of dollars in some cases! This makes makes jute rugs a great value.

Compared to other jute rugs available online and in stores, the Safavieh Casual Natural Jute Rug from is an amazing deal. Most other stores sell the equivalent 8ft x 10ft size for over $350, and sometimes as much as over $500! Overstock sells the Safavieh for hundreds less, and offers FREE SHIPPING! Everyone loves free shipping.

I honestly have no idea how overstock can sell this jute rug for so cheap. The quality of the rug has exceeded my expectations, so I seriously doubt that paying more for different jute rug would be a good value.

This jute rug is an affordable way to make a big impact in a room. Overstock has a ton of options and their prices are very affordable. I always check their website first when shopping for rugs because their cost-effective prices allow me to get larger sizes for less!

Also in the images below:

Monroe Dining Table

Windsor Dining Chairs

full room picture of dining room with jute rug underneath long wood table and 8 black wood chairs
closeup of a jute rug

Are Jute Rugs Soft?

Yes, jute rugs are soft and comfy! This was the question I was most concerned about before my jute rug arrived. I was afraid the material would be scratchy and uncomfortable under my feet.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s actually the exact opposite. The woven texture isn’t scratchy at all and, in my opinion, it actually feels really good to walk on. The soft but firm texture almost feels like a gentle foot massage with those nubby knots.

Don’t get me wrong, its not a texture I would want to curl up on to take a nap, but it is definitely a comforting feeling under tired feet.

Close up of feet wearing wool socks standing on a jute rug

A Thin Jute Rug Option

Although I love the Safavie Chunky Jute Rug, it isn’t the best choice for every room. The thickness and chunkiness is what I love about the rug, but it isn’t ideal for some room types. In certain areas a thin jute rug might be better suited.

I put this thin 5FT by 8Ft Natural Woven Jute Rug from World Market in our home office, and let me tell you, I absolutely love it! My office chair is able to roll on top of this rug, which is why I chose it. So far, it has held up great. I highly recommend this rug for any room in your home that might benefit from choosing a thin rug.

thin jute rug from World Market

Final Thoughts On Jute Rugs

I absolutely love and 100% recommend the Safavieh Handmade Chunky Thick Jute Rug from Overstock. So far our rug has proved that it can take a bit of a beating but still look good as new. 

I’m positive that it will hold up well, and continue being my favorite for many years to come. If you’re thinking of ordering anything from Overstock, please use the 10% discount in the link below to save some money!

chesapeake bay retriever dog laying on jute rug

Do you have any jute rugs in your home? I’d love to hear what you think about natural fiber rugs, and of course, if you have any questions please feel free to comment below!

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A big thank you to Overstock for providing product for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Morgan Molitor October 18, 2017 - 3:22 pm

I LOVE this. Always looking for rugs for our clients and this color, texture, look is one I always gravitate towards. Good neutral color pallets that never fails. Never thought about the natural fiber aspect nor have heard of this brand and definitely checking them out. Also, love your home. You’re such a bright light!


Ashley October 18, 2017 - 3:45 pm

Wow, thank you so much Morgan!! Your guys’ blog gives me so much inspiration so I am really glad you enjoyed this post 🙂 And yes! You HAVE to checkout Overstock’s rugs, they are amaaaazing!

Morgan Molitor October 18, 2017 - 3:55 pm

Awe, you’re so sweet. Thank you!!

Jade brainard October 18, 2017 - 9:34 pm

Too funny. I actually just got mine in the mail today! I love it so much! It’s really simply and stylish but also comfortable which is a must for me!

Ashley October 20, 2017 - 9:25 am

Ha perfect timing! I know, I love the simple neutral look and they are surprisingly comfy! Can’t wait to see your guys’ new house next time we visit!

Bonnie Platt March 10, 2019 - 5:58 am

Love the look. I ordered the rug and would love the table too. Where did you get your table?
Thanks you

Ashley March 10, 2019 - 5:47 pm

Hi Bonnie! Hope you love the rug! The table is from World Market. I added the link for it under the full room photo in the post if that’s helpful. 🙂

Tracy March 23, 2019 - 6:29 pm

I love this rug. I’m getting a large black French farmhouse table made and am so excited. My question is does this rug shed?
Thanks Tracy

Ashley March 25, 2019 - 11:28 am

Oh that would look so great with this rug! I really didn’t have issues with shedding with this rug. I think it helped that it is under a table and not in a high traffic walk way. But besides the occasional loose fibers here and there, my short answer would be no! Hope that helps!

Sherry November 19, 2019 - 3:43 am

I have trouble sliding my chairs over my jute rug. Did you add something on the bottom of your chairs?
Your room is beautiful!

Ashley November 20, 2019 - 10:53 am

I did not; I just pick up the chairs to slide them in and out.

Sarah White December 10, 2019 - 2:45 pm

Very helpful review!! I’ve been considering ordering a jute rug for some time now and I think your post helped me make up my mind! Do you think it would look nice in a sitting room with white couches and brown distressed, vintage coffee table? I currently have an oriental rug in that room, but it needs to be updated! I have my rug cleaned regularly by a local company, but I think the room could use a refresh and this rug seems easier to maintain. Thanks Ashley!

Ashley April 3, 2020 - 1:56 pm

I think a jute rug would look great in your space!

Hilda December 20, 2019 - 9:05 am

hello! I love your style. What color did you purchase?

Ashley January 3, 2020 - 11:57 am

Hi Hilda! We bought the ‘Natural’ color.

Suzette January 9, 2020 - 10:54 am

I love the looks of these rugs and I would like to add one to my screened in back porch. It won’t be walked on but under a coffee table in the middle of the room. I just had a vinyl plank floor put out there so it won’t be going on cement. Do you know if I can spray some product on one of these rugs to make it waterproof? The room is bound on 2 sides by walls but still gets rain on the floor. Would appreciate any advice.

Ashley April 3, 2020 - 2:08 pm

I don’t have any experience with it so I can’t say for sure, but maybe scotch gard would work?

Nicole January 31, 2020 - 2:33 pm

We live in the Pacific Northwest and get a lot of seasonal rain. How does the Jute rug hold up to moisture? Would it work at the entryway door with wet feet coming in?

Ashley February 7, 2020 - 8:02 am

Hi Nicole! I think it will hold up just fine with a little bit of moisture, especially if there was an there was an entry mat before it that took the majority of the water off shoes. Jute rugs are pretty durable!

Jenni Harris March 6, 2020 - 6:18 pm

Yours looks like Cappuccino to me according to their coloring in the website. It’s hard to tell what their colors look like for sure.

Ashley April 3, 2020 - 2:39 pm

Mine is the Natural color. The colors on the website are slightly off.. So frustrating, I know!

Bridgette April 27, 2020 - 11:21 am

Thank you for such a great post!! It’s taken me so long to find the perfect jute rug. I have always been stuck between a rich “natural” color or a more off white / ivory color. I love the one from overstock and cannot decide between the natural or the natural/ivory color. The natural rug in your photos look much lighter than their site. Do you know how light the natural/ivory rug is? Any insight helps! Thanks so much.

Ashley August 11, 2020 - 12:00 pm

I do find the colors are a little different in real life than compared to their photos online, so it’s hard to say how light the natural/ivory option is. But I really think you couldn’t go wrong, the rug’s coloring is beautiful in many of the shades!

Lily April 28, 2020 - 5:16 pm

I actually have the same dining table! Wondering what size rug did you get?

Ashley April 30, 2020 - 11:11 am

Ahh don’t you love it!? Such a great table. I got the 8′ x 10′ size jute rug.

Ashley September 3, 2020 - 5:59 pm

Where did you get your dining table? It is beautiful!

Ashley October 9, 2020 - 8:58 pm

Thank you, we LOVE it! I linked to it in this post: Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Nancy Watson September 10, 2020 - 5:54 pm

I ordered the 8x 10 jute rug that you have and I’m so in love with it! Don’t hesitate, this is the best area rug I have ever purchased! Thank you Overstock

Ashley October 9, 2020 - 8:55 pm

Yay, Nancy I’m so happy to hear that! Isn’t it just the best?! So much yummy texture for such an affordable price.

Janet September 20, 2020 - 6:16 am

Love this look. About to order this in 9×12. Did you use a pad under yours? I am putting this in my dining area in my kitchen. Going slightly bigger as we add leaves and chairs as needed.

Ashley October 9, 2020 - 8:53 pm

Yay, you’re going to love it! I did not add a pad underneath since the table sits on top of it. It doesn’t move at all!

Jen November 14, 2020 - 2:28 pm

Hi. Where are these dining room chairs from? And would you ever put a cushion on them or would that not look nice? Thank you

Ashley January 29, 2021 - 4:17 pm

They’re from Bed, Bath and Beyond (I linked the exact ones I have in this post). I prefer the look without a cushion but you could of course add some for additional comfort.

Kim January 14, 2021 - 4:49 pm

I love everything on your site and have found it so helpful. I have a caramel leather sofa almost identical to the one you have from Article. I’m planning to layer a jute rug and another rug. Would you recommend an ivory jute or natural jute? Thank you!!

Ashley January 29, 2021 - 3:53 pm

Thank you for those kind words. Oh that will be so pretty, jute and leather go so well together! Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either shade. I think I would lean towards a natural jute color, as I’ve had both and the natural is easier to keep clean.

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