THE KEY To Finding The Best Rug Material

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Choosing the right rug material can be a daunting task, which is why we have written up this rug guide to help you in making that decision easier. Whether it is indoor or outdoor style, design or fibre durability you are after; our stringent selection process ensures you get the best rugs made from finest materials, from around the world to your fingertips!

Natural Fibres

COTTON

Cotton is a primary and most important natural fibre from an almost pure cellulose plant, used by modern humans, for clothing, food, industrial purposes and more. Numerous variable processes are available at the spinning and fabric-forming stages of cotton, along with the intricate finishing and dye techniques to the production of a wide range of products. As a rug material, it is not recommended for long-term use but rather for its affordability and effortless to keep clean with some that are machine washable.

Reasons to love it:

  • Effortless maintenance; usually machine washable
  • Affordable, Breathable and Durable

Great for:

  • Any high foot traffic areas
  • e.g. Family Room or Kid’s Room, Kitchen Area

Things to consider:

  • High absorbency which means slow drying time when wet
  • May stain easily
  • Long-term use due to its durability
  • Price from: £90+
Browse Cotton Rugs
Indoor Outdoor Natural Cotton Runner Rug Material Hygge Blue LEELA IVORY TEAL Machine Made
LEELA RUNNER IVORY TEAL – Machine Made Cotton Rug
Indoor Outdoor Natural Cotton Runner Boho Green BAJ02 Handwoven
BAJ02 BLUE GREEN – Handwoven Cotton Blend Rug

JUTE & SISAL

Although both are natural fibres and do look alike, Jute and Sisal differ in texture and durability.

On the one hand, Jute fibres come from the jute plant that grows in India and Bangladesh. It can be dyed in many colours but has a natural brown hue like sisal. However, unlike sisal, it is one of the softest natural fibres and is less durable; making it ideal for low foot traffic areas of your home, where your feet can appreciate the gentle weave.

On the other hand, Sisal is an arduous fibre stripped from the leaves of the Mexican agave plant and then spun into a yarn-like material. It has a natural rich white hue and can be dyed any colour, which will make it easy to find a rug to match your interior design. It is one of the most highly durable natural fibres used to make marine ropes for large ships. Hence, it is the best rug type for any high foot-traffic areas in the home, like doorways and hallways.

Reasons to love it:

  • Beautifully textured or woven
  • Biodegradable
  • Some styles are reversible
  • Strong and durable fibres
  • Typically, free from chemical processing

Great for:

  • High-traffic, and or sunny areas
  • e.g. Living Rooms, Garden Patios

Things to consider:

  • Some are bulky and heavy
  • Some can be coarse and hard to clean
  • May stain easily
  • Price from: £50+
Browse Jute & Sisal Rugs
Indoor Outdoor Natural Jute Round Rug Material Tropical Plants Beige LUNARA CIRCLE ISTANBUL ORANGE Machine Made
LUNARA JUTE CIRCLE ISTANBUL ORANGE – Machine Made Jute Rug
Indoor Outdoor Natural Area Designer Calvin Klein Dark Decor CK220 MSN01 THIST Handwoven
CK220 MSN01 THIST – Handwoven Jute Rug

BAMBOO SILK

Silk is a natural protein fibre that is highly sought-after rug material, not just for its smooth and luxurious feel, but for its ability to enable elaborate rug designs possible. Commonly produced by various insects, bamboo silk, on the other hand, is a distinct kind of silk in the rug market as it comes from bamboo grass, regarded as an easily renewable resource compared to the harder to cultivate traditional silk. The process for extracting both types are comparable, as well as their characteristics such as comfort and durability. Bamboo silk has become a popular choice as it is less expensive than traditional silk, and has antibacterial attributes great for those suffering from sensitive skin allergies or respiratory problems. If you want lavishness on a budget, and possibly has health concerns, and or is eco-conscious when it comes to shopping, the bamboo silk rug is the rug for you.

Reasons to love it:

  • Affordable as to traditional silk
  • Antibacterial benefits
  • Its vibrant colours and unrivalled softness

Great for:

  • Any low foot traffic areas e.g. bedrooms

Things to consider:

  • Delicate which requires special care and professional maintenance (see Elegance After-sales Care)
  • Cost more than other synthetic alternatives
  • Price from: £150+
Browse Bamboo Silk Rugs
Indoor Natural Bamboo Silk Area Shabby Chic Grey Blue SHA18 Hand Knotted
SHA18 GREY BLUE – Hand Knotted Bamboo Silk Rug
Indoor Outdoor Natural Bamboo Silk Area Rug Material Cosy Chic Decor Green WES01 CITRN Hand Tufted
WES01 CITRN – Hand Tufted Bamboo Silk Rug

COWHIDE

Our patchwork cowhide rugs from our luxury line manufactured with 100% recycled leathers, ie hide comes from off-cuts of the luxury furniture and leather goods industry. Unlike other vendors, our leathers are ethically-sourced, and ethically-made by our master artisans, who have turned these into an elegant masterpiece for your home.

Reasons to love it:

  • Great accent / Statement rugs; very stylish
  • Generally easy to clean
  • Smooth and soft

Great for:

  • Low-traffic, dry areas such as the bedroom or home office

Things to consider:

  • Sensitive to moisture
  • Price from: £400+
Browse Cowhide Rugs

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Indoor Outdoor Natural Patchwork Cowhide Area Rug Material Modern Minimalist Nordic Decor Pink White ZODIAC Handmade
ZODIAC – Handmade Cowhide Patchwork Rug

WOOL

Wool is a protein fibre that comes from the fleece of a sheep or lamb and occasionally from goats and other animals. This material is considered the best option for a premium rug for its ability to withstand immense foot-traffic in areas like the living room. Also, it is considerably resistant to dust mites and bacterias, which are advantageous to those who are health conscious. More so it is a renewable resource which means a low environmental impact. It is important to note that the finer the wool, the more expensive it is. New Zealand (and Australia) consistently score the highest quality wool grade among its competitors. Hence, New Zealand wool is identified as the whitest and the strongest as it allows for a broader range of colour after the pigmentation process and it has the industry standard of excellence for Merino wool that is 16.9 microns and lighter.

Reasons to love it:

  • Excellent insulating properties
  • Fire retardant and water-resistant
  • Made to last

Great for:

  • Any high foot traffic areas such as living rooms or dining rooms

Things to consider:

  • Colour may fade under the sun
  • Fibre distortion i.e. shedding – but will lessen in time
  • Premium wool rugs especially handmade designs can be expensive
  • Price from: £70+
Browse Wool & New Zealand Wool Rugs
Indoor Natural Wool Area Rug Material Minimalist Scandi Decor Blue ATW05 IVORY NAVY Power Loomed
ATW05 IVORY NAVY – Power Loomed New Zealand Wool Rug
Indoor Natural Wool Area Minimalist Scandi Dark Decor MST01 BLACK Hand Loomed
MST01 BLACK – Hand Loomed New Zealand Wool Rug

Artificial Fibres

VISCOSE aka RAYON

( LUXCELLE / ART SILK )

Natural fibres produced by plants, animals or insects requires farmland. Scientists have developed artificial fibres such as viscose also known as rayon to surpass the commonly occurring animal and plant fibres and as a replacement for traditional silk. These fibres are produced by applying the same process but utilising different materials. The viscose method involves cotton linter or wood pulp, while rayon requires cellulose fibre from various plants. Rugs made from viscose or rayon can appear silk but feel like cotton. Economical than silk rugs, these are made to withstand moisture, with proper care, can last a very long time.

*Luxcelle is a trading name for rayon. A soft material popularly used as bath mats; it is inexpensive and static-resistant resembling the same qualities as cotton.

Reasons to love it:

  • Highly durable and economical
  • Extensive designs include faux animal skin
  • Treated to repel stains or water, hence, great for damp areas or outdoors

Great for:

  • Any high foot traffic areas such as door entrances, hallways or terraces

Things to consider:

  • May have an artificial feel, compared to fabric such as Silk
  • Some lose tensile strength when wet
  • Not a biodegradable rug material
  • Price from: £90+
Browse Viscose & Rayon Rugs Browse Luxcelle
Indoor Viscose Rayon Area Mid Century Modern Grey Beige CK32 MAY01 MINERAL Machine Made
CK32 MAY01 MINERAL – Machine Made Viscose Rug
Indoor Luxcelle Rayon Viscose Area Rug Material Luxury Modern Chic Grey Silver Blue STN05 CHARCOAL CREME Hand Loomed
STN05 CHARCOAL CREME – Hand Loomed Luxcelle Rug

POLYESTER & POLYPROPYLENE

Here is a little history, World War II created challenges in cotton cultivation, hence polyester was created as an alternative. Then in 1954, polypropylene was born, a colourless gas initially made into gasoline but instead yielded into a fabric. Both synthetic substances came from a polymer compound which everyone identifies as the plastic used mostly today for household items such as tumblers, curtains, sweat-resistant clothing, carpets and more. Both fibres are impervious to mould and resistant to shrinking and stretching. However, rugs made from polyester tend to absorb more water than polypropylene. In other words, the latter is better at repelling water, making it great for insulation even though it does not do well in high heat conditions. It is best not to expose it to direct sunlight as the heat will break down the fabric, and its colour will potentially fade. In which case, it is worth opting for a polyester material instead.

Reasons to love it:

  • Highly durable and economical
  • Extensive designs include faux animal skin
  • Treated to repel stains or water, hence, great for damp areas or outdoor

Great for:

  • Any high foot traffic areas such as door entrances, hallways or terraces

Things to consider:

  • May have an artificial feel, compared to fabric such as Silk
  • Some lose tensile strength when wet
  • Not a biodegradable rug material
  • Price from: £30+
Browse Polyester & Polypropylene Rugs
Indoor Polyester Faux Animal Rug Material Modern Chic Mid Century Brown Beige Neutral LEOPARD PRINT BROWN Machine Made
FAUX ANIMAL LEOPARD PRINT BROWN NATURAL – Machine Made Polyester Rug
Indoor Poly Cotton Blend Persian Oriental Traditional Pink Grey PSN22 GRYMT Machine Made
PSN22 GRYMT – Machine Made Polypropylene Rug

We understand that looking for the best rug material is not easy, but we hope this guide served you in making that decision with no difficulty.

If you are still finding it hard, contact us today at info@elegancerugs.co.uk,

we are always happy to help!

 

TRADE ACCOUNTS AVAILABLE

Elegance Rugs are pleased to offer Trade Accounts for interior designers, decorators and architects from around the globe.

Do fill out the application form and a representative will be in touch within 48-72 hours.

*Please note, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to support your application.

 

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