There’s a lot to consider when looking for the right rug, from size to color to patterns, but it’s also important to think about what the rug is actually made of. Choosing between natural and synthetic fibers can have a huge impact on how the rug looks and feels, not to mention the price range and upkeep. Not an expert on polypropylene vs. wool? Don’t sweat it—today we’re giving you the rundown on what you need to know when choosing your rug’s material.
Natural fiber rugs such as wool, jute, and cotton, are a great pick for many people. We have tons more info on different fibers, but here is a quick overview. All natural fibers are renewable resources, meaning that we don’t have to worry that we’re going to run out. For instance, wool comes from sheep, sheep need to be sheared, so as long as we have sheep, we will have wool. Other natural fibers, like jute and cotton, come from plants. Again, as long as we’re good to the environment and follow responsible farming practices, we will have these fibers. There are many other pros that we could list, like wool is naturally stain resistant, but we’ll get more in depth on that later.
Many natural fiber rugs can get expensive, especially if you’re looking for a large area rug. Choosing a synthetic version can save a lot of money if you want a big bedroom rug. Another big problem? Allergies! Many people have allergies to fibers such as wool, so finding a similar style rug in a synthetic fiber is essential.
Synthetic fibers such as viscose, polypropylene (aka olefin), and rayon, are often a great option as well. These fibers are made to mimic many of our beloved natural fibers. Viscose, for instance, mimics the look and feel of silk at a fraction of the price, so artificial materials are great for large area rugs. Regardless of what room or style you’re going for, there are synthetic options for everything from outdoor rugs, traditional area rugs, modern bedroom rugs, and more!
Although synthetic rugs seem like the perfect fiber alternatives, nothing is perfect. Except for those that are made from recycled materials, many are not very eco-friendly, and most show their wear and tear much faster than natural fibers. Another issue for some synthetic fibers is that they stain easily, so keep that in mind for your living room rug! Of course, different synthetic materials act differently, but it’s important to keep these in mind.
Now that we have explained the pros and cons of some of the top fibers in rugs, the last thing we need to do is help you figure out which is best for you! Below is a little checklist of questions to ask yourself before making your decision.
There is so much to learn about rug fibers and we really only touched the very tip of the iceberg here. For more information, definitely check out our Rug Fiber Page. And if you have concerns about which fiber to choose simply let us know! We know a lot and can help you find the perfect rug (and rug fiber) for every room in your house.