The material used to make a rug is very important, as it will determine how the rug looks and feels and how long a rug will last in your home. Broadly speaking there are two general categories of textiles:

Man-made: which includes acrylic, synthetic, viscose and nylon
Natural: such as sisal, coir, wool, jute, cotton and silk

A brief outline of some of these fabrics:

Nylon: a man-made silky fibre used predominantly in clothing but also in silk style and faux sheepskin rugs as it is can be produced at a fraction of the cost of silk or wool. Nylon blends are increasingly common and provide for a very practical soft rug.

Polypropylene: A very popular material used today in synthetic rugs due to its versatility and its inexpensive nature. Polypropylene rugs are most often heat-set to increases softness and reduce shine.

Silk: The priciest of all the natural materials used for making rugs and this is the reason why many rugs incorporate only a little silk fibre to improve the appearance of a rug and give it an expensive sheen. Imitation silk rugs made from viscose

are an excellent alternative.Viscose: Surprisingly made from wood pulp given its silk shine. Viscose material can be prone to matting and this is why it is often used as an accent or it is cut into a very short pile to avoid such matting. As mentioned viscose is the best silk alternative and considered by many to be better value than silk as it is surprisingly similar.

Wool: Widely considered the nicest of all the rug materials due to its depth and luxurious feel. Natural wool material is highly regarded for its durability, strength, comfort, cleanliness and attractiveness. Wool material is very expensive, prone to shedding and in need of regular cleaning but many consider this wonderful material worth it.

Cotton: Cotton is widely used as a backing material as it is very adaptable and brilliant for keeping rugs lying flat and in their place. Cotton rugs are often used for bathroom mats as they wash easily although they can also soil easily.

Coir, Sisal and Jute: Derived from natural plants, these materials have a rough feel and are easily stained but they are very durable and aesthetically pleasing. Coir is the most popular material used for doormats as it is very hardwearingweather resistant and can be easily dyed to make pleasing designs. Sisal and jute have been used for years to make rugs for warmer climates as it does not have a long soft pile, they are a very clean rug and do not require much maintenance. Flatweave is the material used most often today as a substitute for sisal and jute. and

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