Posted by: Tamer Atya | October 8, 2008

What Materials Are Your Area Rugs or carpets Made From?

The first thing that most people consider with an area rug is how it looks. They want to make sure that the colors and pattern will be a good fit with their home décor. What they should also consider, however, is how the rug is made and the materials that comprise it

Knowing about the different types of area rug materials and styles can go a long way in determining whether your rug will fit your design needs. When considering an area rug for your home, be sure to learn about how rugs are made so you will know all of your design options.

Here is some information about how area rug materials and styles can affect design:

* Natural rug fibers: Wool and cotton are the two types of natural area rug fibers. Wool is a fiber that is very durable and holds colors well. Wool also has a less shiny appearance than cotton, and is more expensive. Cotton provides a soft rug that is not quite as durable as wool. It is common to have a blend in a rug pattern where cotton and wool are combined or blended together to get the softness of one with the durability of another.
* Synthetic fibers: Nylon is one of the most popular synthetic fibers and is ideal for rugs that are going to support heavy furniture or heavy foot traffic. Olefin is a fiber that is in the majority of machine-made rugs. Olefin has a similar feel to wool and holds bright colors well. There are other synthetic fibers like polyester and acrylic that are often less expensive than nylon and olefin.
* Braided rugs: What was once a staple in the Colonial days has become popular again today. Braided area rugs have tight strands of wool or cotton that will stand up well to heavy foot traffic. These rugs are also often reversible, which can be great for homeowners who tend to have spills and things that can dull a rug’s appearance….just flip it over and you have a new rug! Braided rugs are ideal for country and rustic designs.
* Shag rugs: Shag rugs were popular in the 1960s and 1970s, but have recently (much like bell-bottom jeans and sideburns!) made a resurgence. Shag rugs have a thicker pile than traditional rugs, and are soft on the foot. Just like other styles, shag rugs can come in any color and style. If you are looking for that retro design for your room, a shag area rug and a lava lamp might just be the ticket!
* Hand-made rugs: Hand-made rugs that are hand-knotted, hand-hooked or hand-tufted are the most expensive types of area rugs available, but they are also ones that can last for generations and become family heirlooms. Flat weave rugs are hand-made, but are less expensive than the other hand-made varieties. Flat weave rugs do not have a pile and are reversible.

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