When you’re shopping for area 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 area rug works for your needs. Let’s look at a few of the most common types of rugs to figure out which type of rug is the best rug for your home.
Hand-knotted rugs have a reputation of quality and value with minimal shedding. They typically last for 20 years or longer, especially if they’re made from 100 percent wool. To know if a rug is hand-knotted, flip a corner of the area rug over and look for individual knots that reveal the overall design and color of the rug’s surface.
Machine-made rugs are priced economically, which allows for frequent redecorating if you love to update your home décor periodically. This type of rug on average lasts up to five years for synthetic materials, but can last for eight or more years for wool woven rugs. 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.
Hand-tufted area rugs are economical, trendy and feature a thick pile. The average hand-tufted rug has a lifespan of up to five years. To know if an area 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.
Hooked rugs are an affordable and plush option and are created by a process of hooking the loops of material together. They typically last up to five years depending on the material used. The main difference between a hand-tufted area rug and a hooked area rug is the level of detail. Hooked rugs utilize smaller loops and use more fibers to create a fuller texture.
Outdoor rugs, while they’re not the most popular rugs yet, are gaining a reputation of being durable and — best of all — cleanable! Depending on their exposure to the elements, they can last up to five years outdoors. 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 area rugs can be used inside for a budget-friendly solution to high traffic areas such as laundry rooms and mudrooms.
Natural Fiber Rugs
Natural fiber rugs are known to be casual and comfortable. Great for low-traffic, high fashion areas, they can last up to five years depending on care and usage. Natural fiber area 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 area 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!
As the world’s largest furniture store, we carry over 1,000 brands that offer a huge selection of area rugs for your home. We carry all kinds of area rugs — from everyday styles to the best of the best, luxury designs. That means you’re sure to find the area rugs you love! Want to begin your area rugs shopping online? Create a digital wish list for your dream home at Furnitureland South!
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