When shopping for rugs you may be overwhelmed by the number of designs, colours, styles and materials available. However, before you have gotten around to picking out the perfect colours and designs, you may want to think about the material and texture of the rug. Do you want your rug to be comfortable? Would you prefer it to be longer lasting? Here is a short guide to the materials found in our rugs.
Wool is an extremely high quality material as it is soft, strong and extremely comfortable under the feet. It is also durable which means that it will last much longer than cheaper materials. Wool rugs also have the benefit of being natural moisture absorbers and they are also incredibly resistant to dirt and wear and tear. Rugs made from this naturally occurring material are also extremely lightweight. Wool rugs are ideal for high traffic areas such as the hallway or living room as they do not need replacing very frequently.
Usually made from polypropylene or polyester, shaggy rugs are now extremely long lasting and durable. It can resist wrinkling and springs back into its shape easily. As this material is incredibly soft, yet strong it is ideal for the living room or the end of the bed. Shaggy rugs also dry quickly when washed and they are resistant to sunlight. They do not absorb moisture therefore they are resistant to damp. This makes them ideal for rooms which have excess moisture as your shaggy rug won’t spoil.
A man made fabric, polypropylene is used in many rugs as it is extremely easy to produce. It is used in rugs with bright, bold colours and designs as it dyes well, producing striking colours. This material absorbs and releases moisture rapidly making it resistant to dampness. The fabric is also resistant to shrinking and wrinkling making it very hard wearing. Polypropylene rugs have the added benefit of being able to appear like other fabrics such as wool or cotton. No one need know the difference when you purchase a rug in this material. Polypropylene and other synthetic rugs are ideal for well-lit areas as they do not degrade in sunlight.
There are also plenty of other materials on the market as well as those mentioned. While the cheaper rugs generally woven Wilton made from polypropylene there are many made from various other materials but if you require something specific please feel free to ask if we have it.