Woven jute is a great replacement for a conventional synthetic carpet (that is if you really need carpets at all). Because jute fibres are hundred times thicker than synthetic fibres, a jute carpet is easier to clean and hoover; and it doesn’t deep-harvest the dust so much. It may not look too fancy but it is definitely better for your health. The lining of a synthetic carpet and the glue that is used to fix it in place can emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) for many years. In-house VOCs is one of the main reasons for asthma and allergy in small children! Jute carpet prices start from as low as £15 per square metre.