Picking out the best material for your area rug doesn’t have to feel daunting. Here, we’ve laid out the most popular types of rug materials – and how to choose the best one for your space.
For ‘Tough & Durable’
These rugs are made from tough, organic materials that will stand up against high foot traffic.Jute Rugs: Common in both indoor and outdoor rugs, jute is a rough plant fiber that feels both soft and durable to the touch.
Leather Rugs: Leather rugs are often woven with wool or cotton to balance both comfort and durability.
For ‘Soft & Cozy’
Best for areas designed for comfort and lounging, rugs with these soft materials will cozy up any space.
Cotton Rugs: Cotton rugs are soft and easy to clean – and one of the most affordable rug material options on the market.
Wool Rugs: Offering perhaps the coziest feel of all rug materials, wool also provides insulating properties – especially helpful for the colder months.
Hair on Hide Rugs: Hair on hide rugs offer a luxuriously buttery-smooth finish – and invite a natural beauty into the home.
For ‘A Little Bit of Both’
For a balance between cozy and strong, consider the versatile texture of a synthetic rug, designed to soften up any space – no matter the volume of foot traffic.
Synthetic Rugs: Synthetic rugs are manufactured to give the same luxurious softness as natural materials – for a fraction of the cost. Common synthetic fibers include polyester, polypropylene, rayon (artificial silk), nylon and viscose.