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Rug Materials - What's the Best One for Your Home?

Rug Materials – What’s the Best One for Your Home?

When it comes to picking out a new rug for your home, there are a lot of things to consider like size, shape, and durability. Today, we’re going to talk about the difference between natural fiber rugs like wool and silk rugs, and synthetic material rugs. What your new rug is made of can not only dictate the price of the rug, but whether or not it can hold up to high traffic areas.  Let’s learn about the different rug materials that you can find at Nebraska Furniture Mart.

Natural Fiber Rugs

Natural fibers rugs crafted from silk and cotton make great choices for area rugs, but there are a few differences that you should note. If you’re looking for a casual area rug that will be placed in a high-traffic area, cotton rugs are relatively inexpensive and easy to clean. They’re thinner than most other materials as well, so that might not provide much insulation on a cold tile or wood floor.

Silk rugs are a serious investment since weaving them requires incredible skill. A well made silk rug will be among the softest rugs out there and they feature a natural luster and shine. You’ll also notice incredibly vibrant and bold colors since silk absorbs dyes so well.  With proper care, silk rugs can last a lifetime.


Wool Rugs

Wool rugs are another strong option and can come from animals like sheep, alpacas, llamas, and goats. It is one of the most common materials found in rugs and has a reputation for quality and longevity. It’s soft to the touch and resistant to stains, dirt, and water. Wool rugs also provide excellent insulation on cold flooring surfaces. It’s very easy to maintain and can hold up well in high traffic areas. One thing to look out for though, consider that some people may be allergic to wool.


Synthetic Material Rugs

Rugs made from synthetic materials like polyester and polypropylene are stain-resistant and incredibly durable. With synthetic material rugs, you get the similar look and feel of a natural fiber rug at a much lower cost. Synthetic material rugs are easy to clean and can even be treated with a stain-resistant agent.  They’re a great value, but you should take care not to place them under furniture or high traffic areas since the material is more prone to crushing than natural fibers. 

Consider these options next time you purchase an area rug and you’re sure to find the perfect match for your home and your budget!

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