Area Rugs can come in a variety of different fibers such as:

  • Nylon
  • Wool
  • Acrylic
  • Cotton
  • Or polyester

Less common materials for area rugs are silk, and leather, but they are certainly worth looking into if you want a rich and sophisticated appeal. With an assortment of different options available it can be confusing, but the fibers used in a rug do play an important role in how it looks, how long it will last and how stain resistant it proves to be.

Generally speaking, natural fibers, especially wool, may be a better choice, as far as longevity and quality are concerned when it comes to choosing material on area rugs. However, synthetic fibers have the advantage of being seamlessly affordable and now offer a wide variety of choices.

“Which material should you choose for your rug?”

A: There is no single answer as it depends on many factors.

Where Will You Place Your Area Rug?

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Your choice may have a lot to do where you will be actually placing the area rug. Will the rug be put in an entry, or will it be placed in a corner of the living room? Will it be showcased on a wall? Where you place your rug will determine how much use in terms of foot traffic it is going to get.

Placing a very expensive wool or delicate silk rug in the entry might not be the best idea, nonetheless, these will add an extremely luxurious look and feel to a protected part of the living room or the bed room. Bamboo area rugs, while they don’t offer a very soft feel underfoot will surprisingly last a long time in high traffic areas such as entry ways at homes.

Have You Figured Out How The Rug Will Be Used?

What kind of use will your rug be subjected to? Is it a heavy traffic area, or is the purpose primarily to focus in an area that does not get much use or foot traffic? Will pets and children also be using it? If it is going to be subjected to vigorous use, our Orange County Rug Sales Experts usually recommend that you consider a synthetic fiber with durability like nylon or polypropylene. O the other hand, if your area rug will be used in an area that gets subjected to moisture, you might want to look into a mildew resistant synthetic material such as acrylic.

Have You Picked The Look and Feel You’re Searching For?

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What kind of a look are you looking for? What kind of a texture do you need? This should determine how and where you want to use your rug. Although synthetic fibers, especially nylon, do offer a lot of variety in color and texture, the look and feel of a natural fiber rug will be different. Even within natural fibers, a sisal rug would offer a very different look from a silk rug. And chenille, which is a synthetic material offers you a silk-like look and texture, but may be more suitable for an area that gets a reasonable amount of traffic.

Deciding On A Budget

Our Orange County Rug Sales Experts usually suggest that you consider your budget first. Are you willing to invest in a quality area rug with long lasting material? A natural fiber rug such as wool or silk could cost you considerably more than a synthetic rug. If you just need an attractive floor covering and are not going after very high quality at the moment a synthetic fiber would be a better choice.

Less costly options in natural fibers such as:

  • Cotton
  • Sisal
  • Or jute are also available depending on the look you desire.