Nothing is quite as important as the area rug when it comes to decorating the interior of a home. An area rug can complete a significant amount of design work that might otherwise be left undone thanks to its stunning appearance and enticing texture. This is especially true in larger rooms. However, selecting the appropriate kind of fabric for your new floor covering has become an ever more challenging task over time. Which colors go with which other colors? Cotton or synthetic—which material is superior? Finding the right creation to complement both your home and your lifestyle can be difficult when you consider all of these questions and more.
On the other hand, the fact that there are two primary types of material that are typically used to create area rugs may not come as much of a surprise to you. These materials are natural fabrics and man-made fibers. In spite of the fact that synthetic fibers do not have the same allure or coziness as cotton does, there are a lot of advantages to using synthetic fibers.
You’ll be able to keep your rugs for a longer period of time if you choose synthetic fibers as the material to make them out of because they are less likely to become stained or fade than natural materials such as cotton.
Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly for those who are concerned about the future of the planet, synthetic materials are more sustainable than their natural analogues. The production of cotton requires a significant amount of water and a significant amount of chemical input all the way through to the finished product.
Because water scarcity is likely to be one of the most significant challenges that society will face over the next couple of decades as a direct result of climate change, it makes sense to avoid concentrating on products that necessitate a significant amount of H2O for their production. If I have to choose between how something looks and how well it works for a long time, I’d rather prioritize the latter.
Creating a rug out of synthetic fiber does come with a few drawbacks, though, so keep that in mind. Most importantly, despite the fact that both types of rugs require the same total amount of resources, the price of silk rugs is typically higher than that of cotton rugs. Investing additional funds into the acquisition of a synthetic area rug may be worthwhile for you to do so provided that you give priority to your spending and purchase an item that is well made and will last for a significant amount of time.
In fact, many individuals contend that the only significant disadvantage to making use of these materials is that they do not hold up well against leaks or stains caused by pets; if you anticipate that this will be a problem in your home, you may want to give some thought to purchasing a different rug altogether.
There are a number of other considerations that can be made when selecting the kind of floor covering that is suitable for your particular home and way of life, but selecting a material with which you will be comfortable is likely to carry more weight than any other consideration. If your area rug provides a pleasant experience when you walk on it and also looks great, you can expect it to give you good service for many years to come.
Are cotton area rugs durable?
Although I have already stated that I am not a fan of cotton rugs because they have a tendency to be more damaging to the environment in comparison to other options, the real question is how long they will continue to be useful. The math starts to look a little less favorable if you buy several non-cotton rugs rather than just one cotton rug, even though other types of rugs may be more environmentally friendly.
The care that you give your area rug is the most important factor in determining how long it will last. Checking for double-stitched edges and bound seams is a good way to determine whether or not the product is of good quality. These two characteristics are very significant because they make the cotton rugs ten times more durable than those that do not have this additional stitching.
Do not use a beater brush to vacuum any cotton rugs because this could cause the ends of the rugs to fray; instead, use an upholstery attachment for the best possible results. If you do not have pets or young children who are prone to spilling things on the floor, you should be fine using your regular vacuuming equipment; otherwise, this only applies if you have pets or young children who are prone to doing so.
Wool may not be as durable as cotton, but it is more effective at cleaning, and it is much better at capturing dirt and dust than synthetic fibers, which means that you will need to clean it less frequently. If you want something that is simple to maintain, all you have to do is take your wool rug outside and give it a good shake every once in a while, and you should probably vacuum it once or twice each year at the most.
How thick should an area rug be for optimal performance?
As a result of the fact that an area rug is intended to be walked on, the thickness of your rug should be appropriately proportioned. When it is not sufficiently thick, there is a possibility that permanent depressions will form in the floor in the areas where people typically step.
If it’s too thick, on the other hand, walking over it will be difficult and not very comfortable. This is because of the uneven surface. As a general rule, the thickness of an area rug shouldn’t be any less than one quarter of an inch (6 mm). Choose a pile height of at least 3/8 inch (10 mm), but 5/16 or 14 inch is the optimal choice for wall-to-wall carpeting (7mm–8mm).
Your primary objectives are to prevent frostbite and cushion any impact caused by foot traffic. If you want the most comfort possible, choose a rug that has a thickness that is comparable to your carpet. It is important to keep in mind that the height of an area rug is determined by a number of different factors, so please do not use this as a definition. If you have a plush carpet that has a pile height of three quarters of an inch, for instance, replacing it with an area rug that has a pile height of half an inch will work just fine. Again, the most important thing is to select the option that is most appropriate for the type of carpeting you have.