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Starting From The Ground Up! 2: Which Rug Fabric Will You Choose?

Now that you have had some time to think about the styles of rugs available, our next post takes us one step further to discover the types of fabrics used in creating rugs. The fabric used in any given rug will give it a particular look, feel and level of durability. The cost of the rug will also depend largely on the fabrics used in its production. Which fabric you choose will ultimately depend on how long you intend to keep the rug. For most, cheap rugs are perfect for a quick makeover and change of style or to compliment existing home décor.

Let us take a look at some of the more common materials used in creating rugs; of which there are two main classifications – those made from natural fibres and those made from synthetic fibres. Natural fibres can include the following: animal or plant fibres such as wool, sisal, jute, cotton, bamboo and Seagram. Synthetic fibres are man-made and include acrylic, rayon, nylon and polyester. Let us take a look in more detail at some of the fabrics mentioned.

Cotton – Another highly durable fibre for making rugs. Like wool, this natural fibre can be dyed into limitless colours and retain those colours to a great degree. In actual fact, cotton is often used together with wool when making rugs. These blends are very nice to the touch and make a great addition in the bedroom for bare feet! The other great benefit of a cotton and wool blend is that they tend to be easier on the pocket than 100% wool rugs.

Nylon – Used abundantly in the making of rugs. This synthetic fibre gives strength to a rug and provides it with stain-resistance and durability. Like some natural fibres, nylon can come in multiple rugs by colour choices. They are often used in areas of the home where there is a lot of human traffic or underneath heavy furnitures. Nylon is one of the cheaper options when compared to rugs made from natural fibres.

Rayon – This synthetic fibre is used in rug making and is made to resemble silk. To which we may add – the look and feel are incredibly close to the real thing! What must be said however is that rayon doesn’t have the flame-retardant quality of silk rugs.

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