Under the Nile Big and Small Rugs Review

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT


Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

Sustainability Expert

Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.


Under the Nile’s Big Rug and Small Rug/Play Mat are both hand-loomed using organic cotton scraps from the company’s own clothing production. Made with 100% pure organic Egyptian cotton, these rugs are extra durable, soft, and attractive. They’re perfect for playrooms as well as for the bathroom and elsewhere in the home. Each rug is handmade, taking around two days to make, and features decorative tassels. They are machine washable and available in more than a dozen combinations.

Our Rating: 5 / 5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)

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Table of Contents
  1. Product Highlights
  2. Overview
  3. Under the Nile vs. Hook and Loom

Product Highlights

  • Rugs are extra durable, soft, and attractive
  • Perfect for playrooms as well as for the bathroom and elsewhere in the home
  • Made with 100% pure organic Egyptian cotton
Country of Origin:Egypt (in a certified Fair Trade facility)
Materials:Certified organic cotton
Gold Egyptian Seal


These rugs are made with GOTS certified cotton and are free of azo dyes, BPA, flame retardants, formaldehyde, fragrance, PVC, or lead. Because they are made with the same cotton used for the company’s clothing line, they can be said to carry the same Gold Egyptian Seal of authentic combed Egyptian cotton. 

See our full roundup of eco-friendly rugs here.

Under the Nile ensure that all of their products are ethically made in certified Fair Trade facilities, meaning that workers are paid well and treated fairly. The company only uses low-impact, metal-free dyes that are free from harmful chemicals and are in accordance with GOTS standards. They never use bleach in any process and instead use a natural oxygen-based whitening process when necessary.

Under the Nile vs. Hook and Loom

Under the Nile win top in class for their eco-friendly recycled cotton rugs because they control the entire manufacturing process, helping to divert scrap material from their own clothing line to make their signature rugs. This means you can be sure Under the Nile’s rugs are made with organic cotton that has never been treated with toxic chemicals. The rugs are also made in a Fair Trade factory and have GOTS certification.

Hook and Loom Eco Cotton Rugs are an excellent runner-up in this category and a great option for an eco-friendly home (View Prices on Hook and Loom). They are made of genuinely recycled cotton and are not subjected to chemical treatment by Hook and Loom themselves. Hook and Loom also offer a much wider range of color and pattern options compared to Under the Nile’s small selection of rugs.

Both Under the Nile and Hook and Loom are far superior to the Spura and Leone recycled rugs, as the latter companies have not made any public commitments to eschew the use of toxic chemicals.

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  1. Thank you. Do you know if these rugs hold up well to spills and traffic? I need one that’ll be too big to put in a washing machine.

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