Among rugs, variety is not limited to colors and designs. Area rugs are available in a broad range of fibers that create different textures and sensibilities. From synthetic fibers such as acrylic, nylon, and polyester to natural materials such as wool, silk, cotton and leather, all worth exploring for the looks they can create. Materials will also determine where it’s best to use the rug, how long it’ll last and how to care for it. As a rule, natural fibers such as wool have better quality and last longer, but they can be more expensive than synthetic fibers. The latter, however, can be just as versatile and offer the same range of variety for a smaller price. If you’re wondering what materials you should choose, keep reading the following tips to determine the best fiber for your style.

Placement

An important detail to take into account when choosing a rug is where you’ll put it. The entry hall, the dining room and the corner of your bedroom have different amounts of foot traffic and are exposed to different potential hazards such as spills or stains. A delicate or antique rug might be better off hanging on a wall or placed in a quiet area with little traffic. Leave the entry and other heavy traffic areas to sturdier rugs made of durable materials such as bamboo.

Use

Another crucial aspect is why you’re using that rug in that place in particular. Are you covering up carpet wear in a heavy traffic area in your living room? Or do you want to use a rug to reduce noise and echo in your bedroom? Do you have children or pets at home? These factors should guide your choice of materials. Synthetic fibers such as polypropylene or nylon are better suited to rough treatment. Other synthetic materials like acrylic handle moisture better, which makes them a good option for humid weather, kitchens or bathrooms. On the other hand, wool rugs need to be placed in dry, low traffic areas.

Style

What style are you going for? Do you want to shake things up with a unique rug, or offer a more neutral background for a quieter, cozier room? In this case, natural and synthetic fibers provide different sensibilities and textures. Synthetic fibers like nylon can be versatile and give a lot of variety, but in some cases, they can even come close to some textures found in natural materials. For example, chenille can give a look and feel similar to silk, but it is more durable and suitable for more trafficked areas. Natural fibers are also quite versatile, from soft silks to soft wool and sturdy bamboo.

Quality

Are you looking to invest in a quality rug that you one day dream of giving to your children? Or would you prefer to keep expenses on the lower side so you can change rugs more frequently? Natural, quality materials such as silk or wool can maintain their value for many years if cared for properly, which could make them a long-term investment. Luckily, there are also less expensive natural fibers: sisal, jute, and cotton are just a couple of options in that category. Or you could turn to synthetic materials for more cost-effective variety.

If you keep in mind the four features above, choosing the perfect material of your area rug will be quicker and easier. Enjoy your new rug!