A Guide to Help You Pick the Right Type of Rug

An area rug provides cover for your floors and comfort for your feet. But in addition to this, it can also complement the décor of a room and even help define an area, tie together, or divide a space. However, in order to achieve these effects, you need to choose your rug right.

When searching online rugs stores or visiting local rug shops, there are several factors you ought to pay attention to, one of the most important ones being the material of the rug.

These are the most common materials used n the making of quality rugs.


Wool – A diverse material highly known for its longevity. Hard-wearing and resilient, it is the ideal choice for family homes. In addition to standing up well to high traffic, wool hugs also provide a soft cushion underfoot, and over time, these rugs take on a patina that adds to the character of a room.

Cotton – A durable, yet soft material that is more casual and more affordable than wool. Cotton is a great material for patterns and also combines well with other materials. Cotton rugs are generally braided or flat-weaves and are available in a wide range of colours in online rugs stores as well as local shops.

Jute – A material with golden, barley tones that has a natural feel and is softer than cotton and wool. This material is extremely durable and combines well with cotton, creating contrasting colour designs. Jute rugs are a great choice for people that suffer from wool allergy.

Hemp – The bristly texture and bright, beige tones of this material look best when traditionally woven. When applied to a cotton backing for support, hemp rugs can be a hardy addition to any room.


Silk and Viscose – These materials are usually used in combination with wool to give definition to the design and add highlights to the rug.

Polypropylene – A synthetic fiber that is stain and water resistant. It is the ideal choice for outdoor rugs.

When it comes to size, to achieve maximum impact, choose the largest rug possible. Interior designers recommended arranging furniture around the edges of the rug, with at least the two front feet of the furniture on the rug to create a cohesive look. For example, for the bedroom, you can choose a narrow runner to place it on either side of the bed or pick a large rug that will not only go under the bed but will also be visible around. For the dining room, make sure to choose a rug that goes under the table and fully under the chairs, even when the chairs are pulled out for people to sit on.

Author: Michael Hobbs

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