When you’re shopping for rugs, you should know that not all rugs are constructed in the same way. Many rugs are made with specific purposes in mind and work well in certain spaces. At Furnitureland South, we want you to make an educated decision about which type of rug works for your needs. Let’s look at a few of the most common types of rugs.
- Reputation: best quality & value, minimal shedding
- Durability: 20+ years if 100% wool
- Pro tip: To know if a rug is hand-knotted, flip a corner of the rug over and look for individual knots that reveal the overall design and color of the rug’s surface.
- Reputation: economical price point that allows for frequent redecorating
- Durability: 1-5 years on average for synthetic material, 8 or more years for wool
- Pro tip: To know if a rug is machine-made, flip a corner of the rug over and look for similar colors as the top of the rug that are only covered by a coarse backing that secures the fibers.
- Reputation: economical, trendy, thick pile
- Durability: 1-5 years on average
- Pro tip: To know if a rug is hand-tufted, flip a corner of the rug over and look for the canvas backing that’s applied with an adhesive to hold the fibers together. Be aware that hand-tufted rugs do shed.
- Reputation: affordable, plush
- Durability: 1-5 years
- Pro tip: The main difference between a hand-tufted rug and a hooked rug is the level of detail. Hooked rugs utilize smaller loops and use more fibers to create a fuller texture.
- Reputation: durable, cleanable
- Durability: 1-5 years, depending on exposure to the elements
- Pro tip: To maximize the life of an outdoor rug, look for UV stabilization, clean them regularly and store them when not in use during the winter months. Outdoor rugs can be used inside for a budget-friendly solution to high traffic areas such as laundry rooms and mudrooms.
Natural Fiber Rugs
- Reputation: casual and comfortable
- Durability: 3-5 years, depending on care and usage
- Pro tip: Natural fiber rugs are woven from grasses including sisal, seagrass, mountain grass, jute or hemp. While natural fibers stand up well to foot traffic, keep in mind they are grasses and will absorb water and leave behind a watermark.
The styles of these rugs are equally as diverse as their construction. For every furniture style, there’s a rug to complement it (traditional, restoration vintage, modern, etc.). Find your rug style in Furnitureland South’s Rug Gallery. Get started!