I use three and four stranded jute rope for my baskets, rope bumpers, and mats
Jute has a pleasant aroma, that reminds me of warm brown kraft paper.
I started to use jute more when some of my customers found that manila smelt too strong in their homes. Jute is a lovely natural colour, it can vary a little from batch to batch, sometimes it has a reddish brown cast and other times it is a very pale ecru.
Being a natural plant fibre it can have slight differences in the twist of the lay, but I think this adds character and interesting texture.