It’s important when choosing an area rug that you look at the material, type of weave, colors, patterns, and size that will complement your space. There are so many rugs out there today in the market that the choices can be overwhelming.
First, determine if your space will have low, medium, or high traffic. If you will be entertaining a lot in your living room for example, you will need to choose a rug made out of good materials that can stand the wear and tear over time. For high traffic areas such as living rooms, hallways, or dining rooms, a wool rug is a great choice as it is regarded for its strength, durability, softness, and sturdy pile. It has good heat insulation and is stain resistant. However, it may be prone to shedding. Hand-knotted wool rugs are the most ideal but also expensive as hand knotting is the most labor intensive rug making technique. Hand-tufted wool rugs are easier to manufacture and work well for high traffic areas without being as expensive. Sisal rugs are also another great option for high traffic areas.
For medium traffic areas such as your office space or bedroom, you can also choose wool rugs or another affordable option is polyester or synthetic rugs such as nylon, acrylic, and polypropylene/olefin. These materials are often used to mimic the characteristics of natural fibers and is strong and stain resistant. For example, polypropylene is often used as an inexpensive, but comparably soft substitute for wool. Jute rugs are also recommended for medium traffic areas as it has soft underfoot texture, but it is the least durable.
Finally, for low traffic areas such as formal areas and guest rooms, you can select leather, cotton, or silk rugs. These rugs are soft to the touch but do require care and maintenance.
Lowe’s has a great guide for purchasing area rugs.
You can find lots of images for high, medium, and low traffic area rugs from Houzz so definitely search for images that inspire you from Houzz.
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