Choosing the Perfect Rug

So you are in the market for the perfect rug to add that finishing touch your interior (or exterior)?  You want to make sure it has that bit of “wow” you are looking for, while also making sure it ties all the different elements of the space together.  No pressure!

It is only when you start searching for a rug that you realise that it needs to be the right size, shape, colour and you need to consider how it can be cleaned, will it fade?  But it shouldn’t really be that difficult and I suddenly understood that I don’t know as much about the different types of rugs as I should.  So I decided to ask Hertex for some key points to consider when it comes to rugs.

Many Interior Designers run straight to Hertex when looking for a rug to finish off an interior because of their fantastic selection which includes:  Modern, Round, Natural, Classic, Outdoor, Kitchen, Geometric, Plain, Children’s rugs and even Outdoor rugs.

When it comes to outdoor rugs the key element to consider is the material the rug is made out of.  Outdoor rugs are manufactured from UV-resistant fibres such as polypropylene, polyester and acrylic. They have a high colourfastness to light to prevent fading and are mildew resistant.  As outdoor rugs are made of synthetic fibres they will also have low absorbency properties so that water is not penetrated into the fibres causing water damage, making these rugs easy to clean.

Indoor rugs are more versatile in terms of their material make-up and can be grouped into natural and synthetic fibre rugs.

Natural Fibre Rugs:
  • Sisal and Jute rugs are usually quite rough in texture. These rugs are considered eco-friendly as the materials are biodegradable, and can also be recycled.
  • Seagrass rugs have a smooth fibre and a natural sheen, the fibres are non-absorbent and are only available in natural tones.  They are also biodegradable and naturally resistant to staining.
  • Cotton rugs are soft and often more casual. They are usually more affordable and fairly durable.
  • Wool rugs are the most desirable material for rugs. They give warmth to a room and are a natural insulator, they are also considered to be strong and can be used in high traffic areas.
Synthetic Fibre Rugs:
  • Viscose is a man-made fibre made of wood pulp which also has the same characteristics as natural fibres. It has a high sheen, is highly absorbent and can take on colour very well. Viscose rugs tend to shed loose fibres for the first few weeks. It is always advised to vacuum 2-3 times a week. Most natural rugs should not be exposed to sunlight as they will fade over time.
  • Polyester is usually used with wool and viscose to improve the durability. These rugs are mostly well priced and hard wearing. They are anti-mildew, anti-allergenic and cannot easily be damaged in the sun.
  • Acrylic rugs are soft and warm and they mimic the appearance of wool at a much lower price.  Acrylic fibres can easily take on colours and are moth and mildew resistant, they do not stain easily and are resistant to sunlight.
  • Polypropylene rugs are mostly solution dyed. There are two types of polypropylene rugs: (1) bulk continuous fibres (BCF) that are often inexpensive and rougher;  and (2) heat-set rugs that are more expensive and better quality, they are soft to the touch and more durable, being stain-, water- and naturally mildew resistant. These rugs are also easy to clean and resistant to most chemicals.  Regular vacuuming is recommended and rugs should be dry cleaned by a professional cleaner twice a year.

Thank you to Hertex for sharing their expertise and advice, making this blog possible.  I always enjoy learning something new about the Interior Design and Decorating industry and I hope this has been helpful to you in making your perfect rug selection.

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