Jute is one of the most popular materials for natural fiber rugs because it’s both beautiful and wonderfully soft to walk on. It is made with fibers from the jute plant, which is found in Asia. Because this type of fiber is known for being durable, it’s used in burlap fabric, ropes, and rugs of all shapes and sizes. Jute fibers come from the plan’s stalk, not its leaves. For this reason, the material is wonderfully soft, so much so that it almost resembles wool. Kids and pets can play on it without irritating their soft skin. Also, unlike other natural fibers, jute won’t scratch a hardwood floor. You can use rug pads with a jute rug, but they would truly be just to prevent slippage since they are not necessary to protect existing hardwood, linoleum, or vinyl floors. Jute rugs are easy to maintain. They just require regular vacuuming, and the blotting of any spills relatively quickly to avoid staining.