Monday, December 16, 2013

Guide to choosing rug materials

Rugs offer a quick design update for any room. They also provide a warm feel and better room acoustics. Rugs come in all shapes, sizes and textures, and there are many options available in the market for you to choose from.

Cotton and wool are natural fibers that create a nice warm atmosphere in the room.

In shopping for a rug, one of the key points to consider is the material of the rug. Many factors come into play when choosing rug material, from the rug’s look and feel to its resistance to stains and fading. It’s important to know different rug materials and their pros and cons to choose the perfect rug for your space.

Cotton and Wool

Cotton and wool are natural fibers that create a nice warm atmosphere in the room. However, cotton has a more casual and relaxed look, its soft texture makes it comfortable to step on with bare feet.

It can also be easily cleaned, some rugs are also washable by machine. A cotton rug’s drawback is its limited durability.

The strongest synthetic fiber is nylon, making it a good material for high-traffic areas.

Wool has a natural beauty all its own, but it can be expensive.

Jute and Sisal

For an earthy and natural look, jute and sisal are great rug materials. These natural fibers come in earth tones, and may be stenciled or painted.

Jute and sisal are renewable resources, which makes them sustainable choices. While these options are less expensive, their drawback is that they have poor durability and are difficult to clean and maintain.

Synthetic Fibers

The strongest synthetic fiber is nylon, making it a good material for high-traffic areas. Nylon rugs’ durability, good color retention, mildew resistance, and affordability makes them a popular rug material choice.

Great for areas near the window or areas of the home usually hit by the sun, acrylic rugs are fade-resistant. They are also fairly easy to maintain, and their smooth fibers resist soil.

It is also a good synthetic alternative to wool, since it is the closest synthetic fiber to wool.

However, polyesteris a cheaper alternative to nylon, but wears more easily. It is prone to pilling and shedding. Polyester rugs are vulnerable to oil-based stains but may be treated to become stain-resistant. - Aislinn Kee

Source: Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book  


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