Jute carpets: Plant fiber carpet for your home

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/31/2006 | Home Improvement

A very dignified look in a simplistic approach! Thats what the natural fiber of South East Asia calls for. Jute! Extraordinarily simple and extremely tempting! And also a superb raw materials to weave carpets to give a natural look to your home decor!

Jute carpets make a lively appeal and the natural yellow color has a soothing impact on your nerves. The silky touch, though not silk, is a priceless gift from this fiber. Though jute apparently seems to be as strong as coir but actually it is not so. Jute is very soft and tender and carpets woven out of it are best to be placed as show pieces and not to bear large traffic.

The yarn of jute is very flexible thus can be given twists and turns in the weaving process and be shaped in different ways of making carpets. The natural color of jute is widely preferred for shaping the interiors of your home. But jute can be easily converted to different colors through the application of dyes.

In the early days of carpet weaving, the name of jute was not heard of. It is quite recently that the carpet making industries have researched out the potentiality of this natural fiber and decided upon converting it into caring carpets. Caring because of the delicateness of the raw material!

The popularity of jute is not just that it carries a plush feel but more because of the rich texture and variable patterns adopted in designing. The variation that jute can provide in making carpets is hardly seen in any other form of natural fiber. As jute can easily be mixed with wool or linen, it can come in various blends and most contemporary designs.

Jute were best known as the flat weaves but now with the blends of jute and linen, etc.; carpets of loop and pile patterns can be easily made. Natural and bleached or the combination of the two are finest looking jute carpets.

The weaving patterns of jute carpets can be broadly divided into three categories: basket weave, boucle and herringbone. The first style is the simplest pattern. Jute fibers are weaved on a multiple strand with alteration of upward and downward movement thus bringing out a flat and geometrical check model.

For better plush and depth, the boucle pattern is used in weaving jute carpets. The fine weaving pattern develops an elevated structure formed through the difference in the thickness of the warp and the weft. For placing round the corners of the table or on the middle of the floor of your drawing room, this parallel line weaved jute carpet is simply unparallel. Your neighbors may begin envying you. So what? Head higher with pride!

The latest trend in the jute carpet is the herringbone weaving style. Jute in multiple colors but traditional outlook is best weaved in V pattern in a crisscross row. The patch of colors is accordingly divided to create each row. Very modern yet with the reflection of cultural bonding!  Every fiber echoes the same.

Jute carpets are best to be placed indoors and where the burden of traffic is less. Dont allow children to jump and play on it. It is better to use jute carpets as area carpets not as main carpet for flooring. This not only maintains the ethnic sophistication of the material but keeps it protected with the feel of smoothness year after year.