The material of which a rug is made says a lot about its quality and durability. When you shop for affordable, yet high quality rugs, it's important to know what the rug is made of in order to be able to judge whether or not it will meet your needs. Looking at categories of rugs by material is a way of narrowing down the options so that you will be satisfied with the final results.
It is only relatively recently that man-made materials were used in the manufacture of floor coverings. Polypropylene rugs are very inexpensive, which may be their main positive feature. They require more cleaning. They must be replaced more often in order to keep them looking good. However, they can be cleaned using steam cleaning techniques safely. Another inexpensive man-made material is viscose or rayon. Viscose rugs are designed to look like silk, but do not hold up as well.
Natural fiber rugs include cotton on the inexpensive end of the spectrum, wool rugs and silk rugs. These are the fibers that represented high end products for centuries. Today, many are machine made so they are less expensive, but they retain much of the beauty of hand-made carpets from past generations of rug-makers.
Each type of material has different durability factors, and each is cleaned differently. When you visit our showroom, you will get the information you need to choose the best rug for your particular rooms and needs. When choosing the material for your rugs, you will save money in the long run by buying high quality rugs, regardless of the material you choose.