Consider this When Choosing a Rug

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

of The Home Depot

Choosing a rug can be difficult because it is such a key factor in any room. Above even color or style, the most important thing you need to consider when choosing a rug for your home is the material. There are so many different fibers used to make area rugs today, each with its own advantages. Here’s how to determine what type of rug you want.

How to Choose a Rug

Choosing a Rug for Your Space

Start choosing a rug by determining the appropriate type of rug material, based on how much traffic your space receives — high-traffic areas get considerably more dirt and spills than low-traffic areas. This is why you want a rug that either doesn’t show flecks of dirt and dust or cleans up easily. Also, consider how fast the rug will wear out–constant traffic means that the rug fibers may break down more quickly, meaning you’ll need to replace it sooner.

Synthetic Rugs

Choosing a rug that’s ‘synthetic’ may not give you the warm fuzzies, but rugs spun from man-made fibers are usually the most durable and comfortable rugs out there. They are made to mimic the softness of an authentic wool or silk rug, while offering an even more durable, stain-resistant construction. These rugs are great for families with kids and pets or to be placed in a high traffic area, like an entryway. You won’t have to worry about muddy shoes or liquid spills on this rug, so you can rest easy.

The Oriental Weavers Kiawah Channing Red rug will handle a lot more than similar-style rugs in silk or wool. It is made to stand up to kids and lots of spills and use. If you have a family, a synthetic rug may well be your best option. Browse more than 14,000 synthetic rugs on our site.

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Outdoor Rugs

Choosing a rug that’s an outdoor rug serves its purpose too. Outdoor rugs are made from plastic, and they stand up incredibly well to moisture, stains, and high traffic. While they aren’t the plushest rugs available, they will clean up easily. In the last couple of years, more and more outdoor rugs have been popping up on the market with styles more akin to indoor rugs — stripes, greek keys, and soft patterns have all made their way into this underdog rug category. There are any number of ways to clean an outdoor rug — sweep, vacuum, spot treat, or take it outside and hose it down. These rugs work perfectly for kitchens, and muddy, messy spaces, like an entryway or mudroom. Browse more than 3,000 outdoor rugs on our site.

The Home Decorators Collection Pueblo Design Area Rug may be an outdoor rug, but it will fit right in with the furniture in your living room, entryway, or mudroom.  With 5 stars and over 46 reviews, this area rug is the best of the best!

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Wool & Silk Blends

If you’re choosing a rug based on how it feels, you’ll probably gravitate to something thick and soft. The most luxurious feeling rugs on the market are made from thick, plush wool and silk. Wool holds pigment well, which means that there’s an endless variety when it comes to color and pattern in wool and silk rugs. They can be wonderfully soft to the touch, but wool and silk rugs need to be vacuumed frequently, and spills will need to be cleaned up immediately. Though they hold up well to high traffic, their vulnerability to stains makes them risky for areas prone to spills and tracked in dirt and mud.

The subtle pattern of the Artistic Weavers Sofia Wool Rug will suit both contemporary and traditional rooms alike, and the soft beige color will complement any decor. Browse more than 7,000 wool and silk rugs on our site.

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Natural Rugs

Choosing a rug for its texture or rustic flare means natural fiber. Natural rugs are made from mostly plant material, and some of the most popular are jute, sisal, and seagrass. All three of these rugs come in varying shades of brown and tan and have fantastic woven texture. They bring a casual sophistication to any room, plus they’re environmentally friendly. While these rugs often hide dirt and pet hair very well, they can be very absorbent, which isn’t good news if you’re concerned about liquid stains. Be sure to soak up stains immediately and consult the care instructions. There is a lot of variety when it comes to the feel, maintenance and lifespan of jute, sisal, and seagrass as the weave, thickness, and backing can play a large role in how they will resist wear and tear. If you’re looking for a rug to last for decades, a natural rug might not be your best option, but these are the best options for price and environmental footprint.

The Safavieh Barbados Natural Jute Rug has a thick weave and a latex backing which makes it much more durable than most jute varieties. Browse more than 400 natural fiber rugs, including jute, sisal, bamboo, and cotton on our site.

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Choosing a rug can be complicated, but making sure you understand the materials available and the needs for your space will simplify the process.