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These Are the Different Types of Rugs for Your Home

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When it comes to rugs, where do you start? 

There are so many different types and you think they’ll all look good in your home — how are you supposed to choose?

That’s what we’re here for. Check out our guide below to find out about the different types of rugs for your home. You might even decide on your next rug today!

Wool Rugs

When you think of rug options, wool rugs are probably among the first that spring to mind. 

They’re incredibly versatile, and you’re sure to find a wool rug with the colors and designs that you’re looking for. 

Wool rugs don’t take a lot of looking after either, as the natural oils present in wool make it stain-resistant. It’s a pretty durable material too, so it’s well suited to areas with high-footfall, or where children or pets might be playing. 

Synthetic Rugs

It can be difficult to tell that a rug is synthetic, as they will often look similar to rugs made from wool and natural fibers. 

However, these rugs are designed to be strong and durable, resistant to stains and wear-and-tear. They’re often cheaper than their ‘natural’ counterparts and come in a range of designs and styles — as a result, they’re suitable for almost any room. 

Hide Rugs

We’re including leather and sheepskin rugs here – hide and sheepskin rugs use the full hide of the animal, while leather rugs can be woven strips instead.

Sheepskins, in particular, are easy to clean, as they can be washed like hair — it’s important to keep hide rugs clean as they can gather dirt easily.

They can shed and curl up around the edges, but this is easy to rectify. Turn them over and iron on a low heat to keep them flat. 

Cotton Rugs

Cotton rugs are generally fairly inexpensive, so are a good alternative to wool rugs and other more costly rugs.

However, they won’t be as stain-resistant and can fade quickly, so they aren’t a long-term solution. If you like to change around your rugs frequently, it might be an idea to invest in a few cotton rugs and alternate them around to suit your preferences.

Silk Rugs

If you want your rug to have a real sort of shine, a silk rug is your best bet.

Silk rugs tend to be quite thin and fine, however, and difficult to clean — they’re best in areas where you won’t get as much footfall, particularly if there are young children or animals around. 

Faux Fur/Hide Rugs

Maybe you like the look of hide rugs, but you don’t want a real one or they’re a little expensive. As an alternative, why not go for a faux fur or hide rug instead?

They look the part despite being synthetic but can shed, particularly when they’re new. They’re a little more difficult to clean than real hide rugs too, so you may decide that investing in the real thing is worth it. If you’re trying to decide on a material, why not consider Classic Rugs custom options?

Other Types of Rugs

Of course, there are other different types of rugs too. 

You might want to check out bamboo rugs, seagrass rugs, chenille rugs — the opportunities are endless with so many different rug styles out there. What rug will you buy next?

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