Exotiflora

Natural Fiber Jute Rugs, Handmade in USA

Miramar, Florida

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Announcement    Welcome to my rug shop! If you're looking for a quality handmade jute rug, dye free and natural, you've found the right place. All my rugs are crocheted by hand (mine, and only mine), from natural jute fiber. It's strong, durable and looks good with any decor. A huge upside to crocheted rugs as opposed to the more common woven ones is the wide array of patterns and textures possible, even in a single color palette. I have geometric shapes of all types, hearts, doily style rugs, pineapple patterns, and everything in between, from the plain to the fancy. New things will be added regularly, so do check in often. :-)

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 18, 2016

Welcome to my rug shop! If you're looking for a quality handmade jute rug, dye free and natural, you've found the right place. All my rugs are crocheted by hand (mine, and only mine), from natural jute fiber. It's strong, durable and looks good with any decor. A huge upside to crocheted rugs as opposed to the more common woven ones is the wide array of patterns and textures possible, even in a single color palette. I have geometric shapes of all types, hearts, doily style rugs, pineapple patterns, and everything in between, from the plain to the fancy. New things will be added regularly, so do check in often. :-)

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About Exotiflora

Sales 273
On Etsy since 2011

Specializing in handmade jute rugs, table runners, and other jute items, but you never know what you'll find here. Drift on in and browse for a spell!

Hi there! Step on in and have a (virtual) cold one! My name is Robyn, and my shop is Exotiflora. I live in south Florida with my hubby and a large pile of cats. We grow flowers and fruit trees, eat organic (as much as we can afford) and generally try to live our lives as much in tune with Nature as possible.

The economy being what it is, I'm always looking for ways to make a few extra dollars. I've been selling online since around 2001. I started out selling odds and ends, but specializing in vintage sterling and silver plate flatware. After a while, that fell off. It was a good ride, but nothing lasts forever. So I started looking into other things. After a few false starts, I discovered a mild talent for making rugs out of natural jute fiber.

Why Jute?

An excellent question, even if I do ask it myself. (Oh, wait, I just did. :-)) I'll answer it. I wanted to give my creative side some exercise and crochet some things. Most of the women in my family have crocheted for years, so it's in my blood. But when I did some research, I found that the market was really saturated, and I do need to make a little money at this. I considered rugs, then discovered that rug yarn, among others, was hideously expensive.


As I researched more, it became more than just the expense. I didn't like working with synthetic fibers. I try to live a green life and the thought of working in something that generates chemicals in the making, and will never break down in a landfill just rubbed me the wrong way. And things like alpaca wool or organic cotton were even more expensive.

The I discovered jute. Inexpensive, sustainable, biodegradable, PERFECT! It even has a rustic look that I was looking for, as I didn't want my rugs to look like everyone else's.

So there we are. Jute rugs These things take an immense amount of work, not to mention a few blisters, but it's a labor of love. I hope this encourages you to take a look at my listings and maybe pick up something unusual for your home, or a gift.

If you'd like to know more about me, or stay more up-to date with my Etsy offerings, be sure to follow me on social media!

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Shop members

  • Robyn

    Owner, Cat Herder Extraordinaire

    Hi there! Step on in and have a (virtual) cold one! I live in south Florida with my hubby and a large pile of cats. We grow herbs and fruit trees, eat organic (mostly) and generally try to live our lives as much in tune with Nature as we can.

  • Gator

    General Supervisor

    What else can one do with a fat, one eared, bad tempered alley cat? It's obvious. You promote him!

  • Fuzzle

    Chief Product Tester

    At the ripe age of 18, she has advanced to the role of Chief Product Tester in the pillow division. All new designs are thoroughly slept on before production commences.

  • Bat

    Product Tester

    Bat, at 7 years old, is fast learning what it takes to get to the top in the pillow division.

  • Grumpy

    Quality Control

    Grumpy is hard to please, in fact, he hates EVERYTHING! So that made him a perfect choice for quality control. With him on the job, quality is guaranteed!

  • Farkle

    Lunch Monitor

    Farkle watches everything I eat to be certain it's wholesome, so when the position became available, she became the official shop lunch monitor.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 18, 2016
Hi! Thanks so much for your interest in my jute products! I just want folks to know that I don't believe in the "Service with a Snarl" philosophy that seems so prevalent nowadays. I bend over backwards to try and please my customers, and always will. Life's too short, right? That said, I won't sell anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. I want my customers to feel comfortable, so feel free to email and ask anything you want, I'm never too far from my computer, and no question is too small. :-) You'll find I'm flexible, friendly, and easy to work with. I'm a frequent buyer as well as a seller, and always try to treat my customers the way I'd like to be treated.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If I have misrepresented the item to you, please return it to me within seven days and I'll be happy to offer a complete refund. I want you to be happy, and I firmly believe that the customer is always right.

I do guarantee safe delivery. I don't believe in this "Not responsible once it's mailed!" nonsense. Of course I'm responsible. It's not only the right thing to do, it's the law.

It is, however, your responsibility to either be home to receive your package, or provide a safe environment for drop off. I cannot be responsible for theft or damage after delivery. :-)
Payment
I'm happy to accept PayPal. This is the preferred method for almost everyone, and protects both parties. You don't need to sign up with PayPal to use the service, all you need is a credit card.
Shipping
Whenever possible, I will reuse shipping materials to reduce the impact of waste in the environment and to keep it out of the landfill. Your item will always be wrapped with something new, but I will reuse peanuts, bubble wrap, mailers, boxes, and anything else I can, as long as it's clean, of course. I generally don't charge for materials. This is why. Please pay it forward and reuse these items yourself. :-)

More information

Last updated on Oct 19, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Q: What is jute?

Jute is a strong natural fiber made from plants of the genus Corchorus. It's the same material used to make burlap cloth. The plant is native to India, and production is centered in Bangladesh, which produces the finest jute in the world. It is second only to cotton in production and uses. However, unlike cotton, jute does not require heavy pesticides or fertilizing. It also flourishes nicely on natural rainfall.

The uses are myriad. It is used for clothing, furniture, ropes and twines, rugs, mats, even paper and imitation silk. It is completely sustainable, growing in only 4-6 months. The inner core of the plant can even replace most of the world's wood needs, greatly reducing reliability on rainforests for wood. It is by far the most

Q: How do I care for my new handmade jute rug?

Your rug can be placed indoors or outdoors, and makes a lovely porch accent. Remember that this is a natural fiber. Exposure to strong sun or weather will reduce lifespan. Simply hose off for cleaning, reshape, and allow to air dry. Do not hang. Take care of it and you will have a beautiful and unique rug for a very long time. Do not machine wash or dry.

Q: Will it slip if placed on a floor?

If your new rug is destined for a smooth floor in a traffic area, you may wish to place a nonskid pad under it. This is a natural fiber, and it will move around.

Q: Do you recycle?

Absolutely. Whenever possible, I will reuse shipping materials to reduce the impact of waste in the environment and to keep it out of the landfill. Your item will always be wrapped with something new (that you can reuse), but I will reuse peanuts, bubble wrap, mailers, boxes, and anything else I can, as long as it's clean, of course.

Q: Does my rug come from a smoke and pet free home?

We are a non-smoking household, but we do enjoy incense. It's possible you may notice a scent. Rest assured it is a wholesome one. (The jute has a scent all its own that will fade in time.) Also, we are cat people. I don't let them near my rugs, but a stray hair is a distinct possibility. No extra charge for these. :-D

Q. How are your rugs made?

This rug was hand crocheted from natural, 3 ply jute fiber. There is no factory, no collective, no employees. Just me, my couch, a crochet hook, and a big spool of jute twine in my little Florida house. Creation alone can take as long as two weeks with some of my larger rugs. Most average around a week.

After the initial work is done, the rug looks like something the cat dragged in. So I take it outdoors to a large table, where I wet it through and begin pulling and pressing it into shape. Then, with the help of Mother Nature and a big fan, it takes from 3-6 days to dry completely, and will hold its finished shape. Then its carefully rolled or folded, boxed, and goes on a shelf to wait for you to discover it and give it a forever home.