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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will a Rug Pad Provide Extra Grip?
Yes. Foot traffic causes friction, which wears out the bottom of the rug. If your rug does not have any furniture on it, it's especially important to use a pad to prevent slip and trip hazards as well.
Will a Rug Pad Provide Extra Cushion?
Yes. A pad under your rug adds extra plushness, especially to thinner rugs. They also promote an extra sense of peace and quiet by reducing the sound of your footsteps.
Will a Rug Pad Protect Against Damage?
Yes. Walking across your rug crushes the fibers. Without a pad, foot traffic will quickly diminish the ability of the fibers to spring back after being stepped on, leading to permanent flattening.
What is the Green Label Plus™ Certification?
The Green Label Plus™ Certification is awarded to rugs that are eco-friendly and have low chemical emissions.
Can I Use a Rug Pad Outdoors?
We do not recommend rug pads for outdoor use.
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FLATWEAVE

Thinly woven rugs that have no pile and are often reversible.

Helpful note: Due to how thin flatwoven rugs are in comparison to other weave types, it is important to place a rug pad underneath to prevent slippage.

HAND TUFTED

Individual threads are loaded into a "tufting gun" and pushed through a canvas to create a cut and/or looped piled. A fabric backing is then glued the completed design to keep the threads in place.

Helpful note: Tufted rugs usually shed. Regular vacuuming will help to lessen the shedding over time, but other factors such as pile height, where you put the rug and how much traffic it receives may affect how much shedding you'll see.

HAND KNOTTED

Created on a large loom using a "warp thread" (threading stretched from the top to bottom of the loom) and "weft thread" (stretched from the left to right sides of the loom). Rows of knots are then tied along the warp and weft.

Helpful note: "Sprouting" (fibers that pop out from the rug surface) is common. Don't pull these! This could ruin your rug. Instead, trim the thread down to the face of the rug.

HAND HOOKED

Small loops are pulled through a canvas and secured with a protective backing.

Helpful note: Both "sprouting" (fibers that pop out from the rug surface) and shedding are common. Avoid pulling on any sprouted fibers. Instead, trim down to the face of the rug. Regular vacuuming will help to lessen shedding over time, but other factors such as pile height, where you put the rug and how much traffic it receives may affect how much shedding you'll see.

MACHINE MADE

Power loomed rugs - these are made using an electronically controlled loom. Most have serged (bound) edges.

SHAG

Weaving methods vary for shag rugs, but they are known to have a much thicker, "shaggy" or "fluffy" pile. Shag rugs come in a variety of textures and lengths.