Material type is a very important factor to think of when choosing an area rug. While considering different materials, it's important to keep in mind that the weave type can ultimately change the overall feel of the rug. As a rule of thumb, lower pile rugs won't feel as soft as higher ones, but will last longer with regular care.
Plant fibers, typically collected from the outer layers of the plant stem. Natural fiber rugs are valued for their durability and eco friendly nature.
Our natural fiber selection includes:
Bamboo: A versatile fiber which can be woven into silk-like threads or cut into planks. Suitable for areas such as living rooms, bedrooms, or hallways. Avoid high moisture areas.
Coir: Stiff fiber extracted from coconut husks. Commonly used in entryways or on covered porches.
Cotton: A soft fiber that grows in protective cover, known as a "boll". Best used in casual areas, sheltered from sunlight.
Hemp: Woven from the stalks of hemp plants. Coarser to the touch than Sisal fibers.
Jute: A long vegetable fiber which is spun into strong, coarse threads. Jute yarn is highly absorbent and should not be exposed to excessive moisture.
Seagrass: Made using grass cultivated in water. A popular choice for use in areas prone to wet spills.
Sisal: The strongest natural plant fiber, woven from the leaves of the Sisalina plant. Sisal fibers are very coarse underfoot.
Man made materials; most prized for the general ease of care and resistance to color fading relative to other materials.
Synthetic offerings include:
Acrylic: Fibers made from a polymer, which can mimic the look of wool or cotton. Highly resistant to color fading.
Art Silk: Also known as "Artificial Silk", this synthetic fiber is made to mirror the look and feel of real silk.
Microfiber: Very fine fibers, usually spun from Polyester, Nylon, or Polypropylene threads.
Nylon: A tough, protein like fiber that is known for its resistance to staining.
PET Yarn: "PET" stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate. This is a type of Polyester made from recycled plastics.
Polyester: A strong fiber that is resistant to mildew and staining. Polyester fibers are quick drying.
Polypropylene: The most commonly used synthetic fiber, polypropylene is lightweight and highly stain resistant.
Viscose: Manufactured using a blend of man-made rayon and cellulose fibers. Avoid placing this material in areas prone to wet spills or high moisture; best suited for medium to low traffic rooms.
Manufactured using the fleece of a sheep. It is naturally flame resistant and is highly durable. Wool is able to retain about a third of its weight in moisutre; avoid wet cleaning methods that oversaturate the rug and high moisture areas such as the bathroom.
The natural skin and hair of a cow. While often undyed, it is sometimes colored in soft prints and patterns.