What Rug Texture is Right for My Space?

When selecting a rug it’s natural to gravitate towards whatever patterns or colors we like best but it’s important not to forget about rug texture! In fact, rug texture is often the deciding factor in whether or not you end up loving your rug or wishing you’d never purchased it in the first place. 

First of all, let’s talk care :

Owning a rug can sometimes feel like owning a pet, they require regular maintenance. Some rugs shed and can be more maintenance than others, be sure to vacuum regularly to keep them from looking ragged. When vacuuming, try and use canister vacuums or if you don’t own one, use the brush attachments as to not put too much pressure on the fibers. Rotate your rug regularly to help keep it fresh looking and to keep furniture from creating heavy indentations. 

Sadly, some day your beautiful rug will get spilled on. Resist the urge to use heavy duty cleaners and bleaches! Instead of scrubbing, blot the stain gently with a towel, try and use products designed specifically for your type of rug. If the stain persists, seek professional help. 

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Rug pads are essential. They’re an easy way to help keep your rugs more stable and last longer.

If there’s not a size option for your rug, buy a larger size and use scissors to cut to the right size!

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NATURAL FIBER RUGS

Known for their earthy and organic tones, natural fiber rugs can easily warm up any space and add a level of comfort to your home. Best of all? They’re affordable and some types are extremely durable—making them great for high traffic areas or homes with pets and kids. Even so, natural fiber rugs are not to be treated or cleaned like synthetic rugs, they don’t hold shape well in humid areas and moisture can easily damage them. 

When shopping for natural fiber rugs, you’ll see that most are constructed from organic materials like jute or sisal. Functionally, sisal works better in higher traffic areas than jute as it’s more durable and stain resistant but jute is a much softer texture. When choosing between the two, think through how the room will be used and what matters most to you, comfort or durability.

Framework Woven Sisal Rugs

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Jute Rugs

HIDE RUGS

Hide rugs will forever be associated with “country” or “western” decor, but these days—they’re so much more than that. A good hair-on-hide rug (cowhide for example) is extremely versatile, durable and soft to the touch. They come in manufactured and organic shapes and range from spotted rugs to monochromatic color schemes and can easily be used in both traditional and modern settings.

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Hide rugs add a touch of sophistication to a space and although they are durable, you should avoid placing them in high-trafficked areas to avoid wear. With this in mind, we like to think these rugs make the perfect addition to a staged area of the home like an office space, study, or even under a coffee table. 

Want to make the rug pop? Contrast it with wood flooring.

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WOOL RUGS

Instantly recognizable, a good wool rug adds real personality and softness to a space. If you have kids, pets or maybe just like dancing a little too much with a glass in hand—wool rugs can be a real lifesaver as they are naturally stain-resistant.

Wool rugs just might be  the most playful and wide ranging in terms of design. Consider going with a bold patterned rug to add personality to a mute room, or go with a solid/traditional striped rug to soften a busy space. 

Since they are dependably comfortable and soft to the touch, these rugs are perfect for lounge areas like living rooms and bedrooms!