Wool, cotton, bamboo, silk... the list goes on and on. With so many choices out there, choosing the right rug material for your home can seem like a daunting task, but it’s important to remember that each material has it’s own properties and characteristics and will play a big part in the overall atmosphere in a space.
The most common material used for rugs is wool. Wool is strong, soft underfoot and has great water repellence.You may be asking yourself what the difference is between standard wool and New Zealand wool rugs… New Zealand wool is seen as the better quality one out of the two for a number of reasons. Is has a longer staple length leading to less shedding, a smoother finish and naturally whiter in colour.
Ideal for: Living rooms and dining rooms
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Cotton rugs are generally lighter and more comfortable during the summer months compared to a thicker pile. Louis De Poortere are the latest brand to join the wide-ranging Woven collection and are well known for their beautiful cotton rugs.
Ideal for: High traffic areas such as living rooms and hallways.
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- Fading World Generation 8638 Yuzu by Louis De Poortere
- Antique Heriz 8708 Golden Horn by Louis De Poortere
Bamboo fibres are made of bamboo pulp and have strong durability, stability and tenacity. The quality of the fibres minimizes peeling to almost nothing. The production of Bamboo is sustainable as it thrives without any pesticides and also it is biodegradable and thus a very eco-friendly material.
Ideal for: Living rooms and bedrooms
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You may find most outdoor rugs are made of 100% polypropylene, that’s because water resistance is a key benefit in this fibre. Polypropylene is also weather-resistant, can be left outside and is easy to care for, just rinse and hang up to dry.
Ideal for: Outdoor use
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A viscose rug is manufactured from man-made rayon filaments. It is made from wood pulp, a cellulose-based raw material. Some of the most beneficial characteristics of viscose include: soft underfoot (silk-like touch), insect resistant and has a lovely sheen to it.
Ideal for: Bedrooms and living rooms
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Leather is a great material for a number of reasons. Its thermostatic properties make it warm in the winter and cool in the summer, meaning that a leather rug such as Pyramid by Linie Design is ideal to have in your home all year round.
Ideal for: Office spaces and living rooms
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Jute is a natural fibre made of friend plant fibres, often left in their natural tan colour.
It’s easy to clean, pet friendly, inexpensive and fits with most decors, from modern to traditional.
Ideal for: Living rooms
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Sheepskin rugs are not only beautiful to look at but also have excellent insulating properties and are resistant to flame and static electricity.
Ideal for: Bedrooms
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