The Types of Fibers
When you are considering Buying Rugs Online or from a rug shop, chances are you are feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the choices, rugs come in many sizes, colours with many different types of fibers plus the different ways they are made, these are some of the things you need to consider prior to purchasing your floor rugs.
Did you know that there is a significant difference between the fibers of rugs made from natural fibers in comparison to those made of synthetic materials and sizes available to choose from?
I will explain the difference / breakdown before you buy or make any decisions.
Natural Fiber Rugs
Natural fiber comes from plants or animals.
Some examples are coir,wool, hemp, sea grass, bamboo, sisal, and silk, to name a few.
Wool Rugs are usually a bit more expensive than their synthetic counter-parts but generally last much longer, they perform better apart from some moulting of the fibers. Wool is a lot warmer, there are a lot of hand tufted woolen rugs on the market today which are generally thicker than the machine woven’s.
One plus of Wool Rugs is that they won’t burn easily. biev rugs
Wool is the oldest natural fiber, most Persian and Oriental rugs are made of wool.
Sea Grass/ Coir
Sea grass/ coir / Jute Rugs are Anti static, Fire Retardant, durable and UV Protected and are suitable for high traffic areas like hallways, entries and family rooms, however; be careful with spills as moisture may cause the jute to breakdown, and these rugs are not very easy to spot-clean, the use of a good Rug Spray Protector would be a good idea for peace of mind for these (Hand Spun Jute Mats Etc.)
Silk of course is not as durable and best used in low traffic areas such as formal living rooms, they can also make excellent wall hangings. If you or a family member that has allergies or chemical sensitivities, you’ll want to choose a natural fiber rug, as opposed to synthetic fibers, as they are commonly made with synthetic dyes or chemicals. Natural area rugs are a good choice for those wanting a more eco-friendly and green lifestyle.
Synthetic Fiber Rugs
Synthetic fibers do not come from plants or animals they are man-made.
These fibres have been manufactured by man; some of the materials used for synthetic rugs are nylon, polypropylene, acrylic and polyester. These fibers are strong and have a certain amount of water resistance, so they are made to last longer than some of their natural fiber counterparts. They can also be stain and fade resistant, depending how they were made. They can generally take a bit more of a beating, but only if they are of a good density that is at least 1 million points of fibre per square meter of more.