The best alternative sisal rug – get the look, without the fuss! Easy-to-clean, custom sisal rugs for your entry, living room, dining room and bedroom.

Find out why this incredible indoor outdoor sisal rug might be perfect for your home!

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I love sisal rugs. They’re natural, neutral and easily transition with each season. However, I don’t love the inability to clean. 

Last December, we purchased a chenille and sisal rug – it was so beautiful and the perfect fit for our living room, but not our lifestyle. We have an asphalt driveway that despite all efforts, transfers onto surfaces inside our home, including the rug.

Needless to say, the rug didn’t fare well. We attempted to clean it but it changed the color of the sisal and given it’s natural fibers, the stain didn’t budge much. So, we we opted for a durable rug with the same look and feel.

The New Sisal Rug Alternative

There’s a time and a place for everything, and I’ll always have a place in my heart for authentic sisal rugs, but I found an alternative that looks and even feels like sisal, but wipes and hoses clean.

Note: This custom sisal rug with a border can be specifically ordered to fit your room, and you’ll select your color, texture and binding! It’s the easy and inexpensive solution I have been looking for to have my sisal and enjoy it, too!

What are Sisal Rugs?

True sisal rugs are produced with natural plant fibers, which create a warm, natural and inviting feeling in a home. They are known for their durability and versatility, with a look that mimics a tightly woven natural rope in many instances.

Sisal is available in a wide variety of natural colors, and the texture adds beauty to any room. While a 100% sisal rug would tend to stain, shed and be a little less comfortable underfoot, many are available as a blend, or in a synthetic fiber that take the best of several production techniques and create even more appeal.

A sisal blend is often less expensive than other rugs, simple to clean and maintain, and can work in a variety of decor styles. Whether your style is modern, vintage, farmhouse or beyond, a sisal rug could be the perfect choice for your space!

While a true sisal is made of 100% natural fibers, the term “sisal rug” actually encompasses all varieties of this look and feel in the world of interior design.

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Why You’ll Love These Sisal Rugs

Synthetic fibers offer more durability, making them excellent for high use areas. Sisal rugs are often blended with synthetic materials. You can also find sisal wool blends, sisal nylon blends, and so much more. This indoor outdoor sisal rug is actually 100% polypropylene, which means it won’t mold, mildew or fade. It’s so durable, it can be hosed off!

  • Soft Underfoot
  • Tightly Woven
  • Easy to Maintain
  • Durable
  • Use Indoors or Outdoors

How to Order a Custom Sisal Rug

  1. Select your favorite textures and designs.
  2. Select your favorite colors.
  3. Choose a binding that fits your style/lifestyle.
  4. Order samples.
  5. Measure your space 2′ from each wall for a living room or 2+’ longer than each side of the table for a dining room. In this style, the maximum width is 13’ in all colors.
  6. Order!

Not sure what size you need?

Rug Dimension Guides

Sources

Living Room Rug

A close up of a sisal rug.
  • Style: Belize Outdoor Sisal Rug with Border
  • Color: Frost
  • Border: Extra Wide Cotton Alabaster

Living Room Rug (Previous)

A close up of a custom sisal rug with border.
  • Style: Carmen Outdoor Polysilk
  • Color: Sand
  • Border: Narrow Cotton

Stair Runner

  • Style: Belize Outdoor Sisal Rug
  • Color: Dune
  • Border: Serging in Dune
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DIY

Installing a stair runner is easy!

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How to Clean an Indoor Outdoor Rug

  • Regular Maintenance – Vacuum regularly. Removing debris will keep it clean and give it longevity between deep cleans.
  • Spills – Using a white cloth or paper towels, work from the outside of the spill inward, blot, pressing firmly, until no moisture remains. For red wine or red sauce, blog with a white cloth or paper towel dampened with club soda from the outside in.
  • Stains – Spot clean with a damp, white cloth or white paper towels. Blot, don’t rub. For more difficult stains, dampen a white cloth with club soda and blot clean with Folex.
  • Deep Clean – Hose rug clean with water. For heavily soiled rugs, hose clean with clear dish soap and water. Allow to dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between sisal and jute rugs?

Authentic sisal rugs are made of a stiffer fiber than jute and are generally not soft underfoot. Jute is slightly softer, although they often look much the same.

Which is better, jute or sisal rugs?

In general, sisal rugs are thought to be more durable and last longer than jute, which is a more delicate fiber and requires a less trafficked area of your home.
However, any natural fiber tends to shed and deteriorate over time, which is why there are so many wonderful sisal alternatives on the market.

Are sisal rugs durable?

Sisel fibers are quite resilient and if cared for well, they can last for many years. However, true sisel tends to stain and carry moisture, making them difficult for an active family lifestyle. Many beautiful sisel alternatives are on the market with synthetic durability.

Can sisal rugs get wet?

Sisal fibers are very absorbent and retain moisture, causing mildew and mold. If you own a true sisal rug, use as little water as possible while cleaning.
An indoor outdoor sisal rug can be hosed off, however, as it’s made of a Polypropylene material.

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39 Comments

  1. Hi Julie, thank you so much for this source. I live in Canada and it’s near impossible to find anything like this. Do you happen to know the color of your binding and what type of binding you chose?

    Thanks!

  2. Hello — I am wondering if you are still happy with this faux sisal rug. I ordered a sample and it is very pretty. Am considering it for several rooms and may even consider for a stair runner. If I use it as a runner, I will not be able to “hose off.” Do you think it is easy enough to spot clean for that purpose? Thanks

    1. I absolutely love it! I’m having a stair runner installed next as well. I have yet to hose mine off. Vacuuming has kept it spotless so far, I only used a wet paper towel once to wipe a spot.

    1. It’s custom, so I can’t really link to it, but if you follow this link and select Belize for the pattern and Frost for the color, and outdoor binding, you can add your dimensions to have one made. Enjoy!