Learn the Different Rug Fibers

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Posted on July 12, 2011

Originally area rugs were made from either wool or cotton. Today, one has a choice between several natural or synthetic fibers. People often ask, So what is the best choice? It all depends on how much the rug will be used, how easy it is to maintain and of course how much you’re willing to spend on it.


Synthetic Fibers

  • Acrylic: Acrylic is highly resistant to sunlight, stains and mildew. You.re likely to find acrylic fibers in bath mats and rugs.
  • Polypropylene/olefin: Polypropylene is the most stain-resistant synthetic fiber available on the market today. It repels water and is impervious to almost all stains. It is usually costs less expensive than other fibers.
  • Nylon: Nylon is versatile, durable and very easy to maintain and clean. Nylon can withstand heavy foot traffic.


Natural Fibers

  • Wool: Wool is known for its dye-ability, durability, and more importantly softness. Wool is also very easy to clean and manage. It is the standard used to measure all other carpet fibers.
  • Cotton: Cotton is even softer than wool but it is also less durable. It is available in a variety of colors and shapes.
  • Jute: Jute is the softest of all natural fibers. When exposed to direct sunlight however, jute may fade or even darken in color. With prolonged exposure to moisture, jute fibers. disintegrate.
  • Sisal: Sisal is stronger and more durable than any other natural rug fiber. Sisal is static-free and colorfast, making it perfect for just about any area.
  • Blends: Two or more of the above fibers have been combined in one rug.