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What are the Best Materials for Rugs?


On your shopping adventure you’ll discover rugs crafted from a variety of materials and constructed in a variety of ways, all resulting in different looks. Here’s a quick guide to rug materials and construction techniques. When it comes to choosing the best material for a rug, it depends on the intended use and personal preference. Some of the most common materials for rugs include wool, cotton, silk, polyester, and polypropylene.

Wool is a popular choice because it is durable, naturally stain-resistant, and has a luxurious feel. Cotton is another popular choice, as it is affordable, easy to clean, and comes in a variety of styles and colors. Silk rugs are known for their softness and intricate designs, but they can be expensive. Polyester and polypropylene rugs are more affordable options that are durable and easy to clean, but they may not have the same luxurious feel as wool or silk rugs. Ultimately, the best material for a rug will depend on factors such as budget, desired style, and intended use.

Rug Material


Wool – By far the most common material used for rugs, wool is incredibly durable while remaining very soft to the touch. Wool’s energy-efficient properties make it a great year-round rug, too.

Natural Silk – With their intricate designs, tight weave, vivid colors and lovely lush feel, silk rugs are true works of art. If you run your hand lightly across the surface of the rug, it will feel lush, luxurious and silky smooth.

Viscose / Bamboo Silk – Silk-like viscose yarns used in many of the most luxurious rug designs. Some of our finest rugs are made entirely of silk like yarn, while others are made of a combination of premium wool and silk like yarns.

Cotton Cotton grows from the cotton plant. Thick, fluffy fibers wrapped around cotton seeds are spun into material that’s used to create a soft, breathable textile, famous for making comfortable clothes, sheets, and rugs. Cotton also holds onto dye very well. 

Polypropylene Polypropylene is a synthetic fiber made from the same material that goes into certain plastics. It follows, then, that polypropylene rugs can handle a significant amount of wear and tear. They resist stains and fading and clean up easily, making them perfect for large families and multiple pets, with a softness that feels great underfoot.

Polyester When you’re looking for eco-friendly rugs, polyester is surprisingly easy to recycle and can help you cut down on your waste and emissions.