Different Rug Materials: Pros and Cons for Each Room in Your Home

For some people, selecting the right rug is not an issue. It shouldn’t be a problem if you know what you’re doing. But, in essence, it is a decision you need to dedicate your attention to. Different room; different rug. That’s the formula. A different rug doesn’t only mean shape and color. It also has a lot to do with the material. Not every material is suitable for every room. You need to know this much if you’re serious about your rug selection. Are you ready for some rugs 101?

We sure hope that you are. In this article, we are going to talk about different rug materials. To avoid confusing you we are going to stick to a few standard materials and their appliances. We are going to talk about area rugs, and where you can buy them, which means you can immediately check this site and get your hands on a quality one. In the meantime, you can spend a few minutes with us getting basic education on the subject of rugs. First, let’s start with the most common rug materials out there, and how they would fit into your space.


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We’ll start with one rather common one. Wool. It is great rug material. If you want soft, you got it. Wool offers a lot of comforts and thus it is often used in living and bedrooms. Due to its softness, it is ideal for rooms where you will walk barefoot. Also, it has a great waterproof ability so people love to have wool rugs in areas where there will be spilled foods and drinks. What you’ll love even more is their durability. On average a quality wool rug can last up to three decades. Of course, they require some maintenance, and if you do a good job they will last you a lifetime. Maintenance is more important if you get yourself a handwoven piece. So, as you can conclude, your living room is dying for a wool rug that can handle its own against water and stains. Also, you won’t be having an easy selection in terms of colors. On the downside, you do not want to connect moist and open areas with your wool rug as they tend to hold onto their moisture. Furthermore, they are prone to shedding especially if you lack maintenance options. Last but not least downside is that they can get pricey the more you choose.


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Moving on, and only logical selection, once you move past wool, is silk. The material of ancient times stood the test of modern ones. Yes, silk rugs are an amazing option. A luxury one. Do you know what this means? A lot of maintenance. But, it can be worth it. When you find the right color and the right pattern all that is left is to position your silk rug and fall in love. Silk is hard to maintain in perfect condition on its own, so where you put it matters a lot. Avoid areas where you spend a lot of time and have a lot of visitors. These rugs tend to show footprints and are highly sensitive to the sun. so, avoid living rooms and kitchens. They tend not to accept stains and liquids and once faced with them you’ll need professional cleaning help. Due to its properties, a silk rug is best used in a bedroom or a study room where there’s not too much foot traffic.

Synthetic Rugs

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Yes, wool and silk sound great. But, for the majority of us synthetic rugs are the best option. For some of us, it might be the only one. With the two options from above, price can often get in the way. When we say synthetics we are talking about human manufacturing. Materials such as nylon, olefin, and polyester come to mind.  With these rugs, we try to mimic natural fibers the best way we can. Synthetic rugs are durable and hard, which makes them ideal for patios, various other outdoor spaces, and of course, basements. While they’ll be lacking the good looks of the two options from above what they do not lack are maintenance. They’re easy to maintain in their original shape and are not too affected by natural surroundings such as moisture and light. Yes, you can use them inside too, but if you have other options we suggest you go with those. But, considering their cost, you might find synthetic rugs a viable option every time.


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When we talk about diversity we need to mention cotton. Amazing material. Cotton rugs can come in any color you like. That’s what’s so great with cotton. It can be dyed into any color. Furthermore, they are easy to maintain, and in many cases, you can use both sides of them. Cotton is god-made material for rugs. It offers so much, and we’re glad to embrace it. On the downside, they are not as durable as any of the options from above. Because of this, you do not want them in high-traffic areas. Due to their non-existing resistance to staining, you are best to use these rugs in your bedrooms. While amazing in many aspects you need to be aware of these downsides, especially due to the price issue. Cotton is a natural fabric and as such doesn’t come cheap.


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We started naturally, and we’re going to end it naturally. Have you heard of jute? It is a plant. It’s also material. This plant and material are homegrown in Bangladesh and India. They tend to make some amazing rugs too. But, be careful, these are not fairy-tale magical products. No, they are quite a maintenance needy rug. You need to be careful with stains and vacuuming as they can get easily damaged. You do not want these rugs in parts of your home where there’ll be a lot of food and water. These rugs are ideal for bedrooms and studies. With them, you do not have to worry about dust as they are known as an amazing absorbent of particles from air.

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