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What Rug Material is Right For You?

colorful wool rugWant to create a space that looks like it was decorated by a pro? Anchor the room with a great rug! Whether you’re using a rug to provide a pop of color or to create a defined area in a multi-purpose room, a rug can make a big difference in the overall feel of your space.

In addition to color and pattern, rug material should impact your purchase decision. Different rug materials offer a variety of pros and cons. Let’s go over some of the more popular rug material options.

Wool Rugs

Wool rugs are both soft and durable. They are long lasting and will look great for years even in the high traffic areas of your home. The material is naturally stain resistant.

Avoid placing wool rugs in basements or any room in your home that gets damp because they will absorb moisture. You should also avoid placing wool rugs in spaces that get a lot of direct sunlight because wool rugs will fade over time.

Wool rugs can be pricey but are a great value when you think of how long you’ll have them.

Cotton Rugs

If you’re looking to add a rug to your kitchen, dining room, or kid’s room, a cotton rug is the best choice. A small cotton rug can be thrown right into the washing machine so you won’t have to worry about food stains or dirt.
Cotton rugs are affordable and are a great choice for families with kids.

Natural Fiber Rugs

Natural fiber rug materials like Jute, Sisal, or Seagrass are great options for high traffic areas of your home. These rugs are usually available in neutral, earthy colors which makes they fit well in almost any décor scheme. These braided or woven rugs can be layered with a cotton or synthetic rug on top for a softer feel.
Natural fiber rugs are an affordable option but can be difficult to clean.

Synthetic Rugs

Synthetic is the most affordable of material choices when it comes to rugs, but that’s not the only benefit. If you are looking for a rug material that doesn’t shed, a synthetic flat weave rug is the best choice. Synthetic rugs are chemically treated to repel stains and water, so you can put them in the toughest areas of your home from the mudroom to the back patio.

Shop our complete collection of rugs online at Or, if you’re still not sure which rug material is right for your space, visit any of our showroom locations in Indiana and Illinois to see our area rugs in person.

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