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Sisal vs. Jute Carpets: Which Natural Fiber is Right for Your Space?

Sisal and jute are two natural fibers commonly used in a variety of products, from ropes to rugs to eco-friendly bags. While both are plant-based and biodegradable, they have distinct characteristics and uses that set them apart.

Sisal Carpet made out of Agave Plants

Sisal is derived from the leaves of the Agave sisalana plant, a species native to Mexico. This plant thrives in hot, arid climates and is now extensively cultivated in Brazil, Tanzania, and Kenya.

Sisal fibers are long, stiff, and coarse. They are highly durable and have a high tensile strength, making them suitable for products that require robustness, such as ropes, twines, and industrial carpets.

Sisal is predominantly used in products that require high durability and strength, such as agricultural twine, marine ropes, and hard-wearing carpets and rugs. It's also used in the automotive industry for products like door panels and dashboards.

Jute Carpet derived from Corchorus plants

Jute comes from the stem of the Corchorus plant, primarily grown in the Bengal region, which includes parts of India and Bangladesh. Jute plants flourish in hot, humid climates and require a lot of water. Jute fibers are shorter, softer, and silkier compared to sisal. While not as strong as sisal, jute is more flexible and can be woven into finer, smoother fabrics. This makes jute ideal for products like hessian (burlap) bags, rugs, and a variety of textiles. Jute finds its use in softer applications, including hessian cloth, sacks for agricultural products, and home textiles like curtains, chair coverings, and rugs. Additionally, jute is increasingly used in eco-friendly fashion and decor items due to its aesthetic appeal and sustainability.

Sisal and jute carpets are popular choices for eco-friendly and natural flooring options. While both are made from plant fibers and offer a rustic, natural aesthetic, they have key differences. Here are a detailed comparison to help you decide on which material:


Sisal Carpets

Jute Carpets


Fibers from Agave sisalana plant

Fibers from Corchorus plant


Coarse, rugged, firm, and rough

Soft, smooth, silky, and comfortable


Extremely durable, suitable for high-traffic areas

Less durable, best for low to moderate traffic areas

Wear and Tear

Resistant to abrasion, hard-wearing

More susceptible to wear and tear


Demanding; requires regular vacuuming and immediate spill blotting

Requires gentle care, regular vacuuming, and protection from spills

Stain Resistance

Prone to staining, requires maintenance

Highly absorbent, prone to staining, challenging to maintain


Rustic, textured, available in various weaves and patterns

Refined, elegant, natural beige color palette

Environmental Impact

Environmentally friendly, less water-intensive to grow

Environmentally friendly, requires more water to grow

Currently our company, Global Sekawan Sejahtera, provides carpet sisal only due to its durability in high traffic areas. We are constantly expanding our products to further support out high valued customers throughout Indonesia. You can explore all of our Carpet Sisal collection by clicking here.


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