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 fibres, typically collected from the outer layers of the plant stem. Natural fibre rugs are valued for their durability and ecofriendly nature.
Our natural fibre selection includes:
Coir: Stiff fibre extracted from coconut husks. Commonly used in entryways or on covered porches.
Cotton: A soft fibre 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 fibres.
Jute: A long vegetable fibre which is spun into strong, coarse threads. Jute yarn is highly absorbent and should not be exposed to excessive moisture.
Sisal: The strongest natural plant fibre, woven from the leaves of the Sisalina plant. Sisal fibres are very coarse underfoot.
Man made materials; most prized for the general ease of care and resistance to colour 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 colour fading.
Art Silk: Also known as "Artificial Silk", this synthetic fibre is made to mirror the look and feel of real silk.
Microfiber: Very fine fibres, usually spun from Polyester, Nylon, or Polypropylene threads.
Nylon: A tough, protein like fibre that is known for its resistance to staining.
Polyester: A strong fibre that is resistant to mildew and staining. Polyester fibres are quick drying.
Polypropylene: The most used synthetic fibre, polypropylene is non-shedding, hard wearing and highly stain resistant.
Viscose: Manufactured using a blend of man-made rayon and cellulose fibres. 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 moisture; 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 coloured in soft prints and patterns.