Typically, when I think of natural jute rugs, I think of them as being great neutral bases for a room, especially in a space that sees a lot of foot-traffic. But, there’s a whole category of natural jute rugs that feature more interesting designs and colours, which is what really attracted me to Annie Selke’s jute collection. When designing my dining room, I knew that finding the right rug was going to be tricky, as it’s a big open concept room that features multiple vintage rugs in one view, and I wanted a rug that could hold it’s own and look cohesive, but not compete with the other rugs. The rug also needed to be large at 9×12 in size and hold up to a lot of foot traffic, not to mention that it had to be low pile, in order to avoid dining chairs from catching on it. As always, my list of needs were long!
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But, I discovered so many good options at Annie Selke that it was hard to choose! We ended up going with the Kuba rug in the natural and black colourway, because I adore how the rug brings an organic texture and graphic pattern to the room, and adds a collected layer to the space. The black contrast is just what the room needed and ties really well to our glossy black range at the opposing end of the kitchen. I believe that every room needs a little bit of black, and this rug delivers on that!
I also adore that chunky fringe on the Kuba rug and how it brings an added layer of texture and interest to this oversized rug!
And, when you’re choosing a rug, please make sure to go for the right size. In a dining room, you want to make sure that all the chairs are firmly on the rug, even when you go to pull them out from the table, as you don’t want to introduce any tripping hazards. A generously sized rug can really elevate a space, more than nearly any other individual component. I’m always shocked by how one rug can turn a grouping of furniture into a room.
Also, don’t forget to add a substantial rug pad, so that your rug stays in place and to add some cushiness underfoot. Personally, I have purchased this rug pad half a dozen times because it makes any rug feel great underfoot and it keeps our rugs in place.
One other durable type of rug to also consider that can transform your living room is a suede rug, as in my friend Kyla’s living room.