Rugs are such a staple of interior decorating, aren’t they? It seems that every room, or most, can benefit from having a nice rug whose beauty complements the area. Rugs also don’t always serve cosmetic purposes only, as they can provide their owners with several useful benefits aside from just looking pretty. However, if looking to purchase a carpet for yourself you should first become familiar with rug types. There are so many carpet types to choose from that it’s easy for one to get overwhelmed by their variety. The type of rug can mean a big difference in quality, price or availability. Tufted rugs are probably the most common type and so it would be appropriate to mention them first. These rugs are often mass produced, and they are most likely the type of rug that you will encounter in day-to-day life. Because of their availability, they also usually come with a price tag affordable to most. The method used for producing these rugs involves injecting a tufted material that tends to be handmade into another material and then bonding them with another, which greatly improves the rug’s strength. If this doesn’t sound good enough for you, don’t worry, as there are many more materials you can choose from. The next type of rug we will mention could be woven rugs. Also a popular choice, woven rugs are rugs created using the ages-old method of looming. There are also several subtypes of woven rugs to choose from. Because the method allows for yarns of different colors to be used in the process, it’s quite possible to achieve a highly colorful and detailed design. Unfortunately, looming as a process creates rugs that are a bit more expensive, especially true if they are handmade. It might also be worth mentioning hooked rugs, that are created using a fairly simplistic method. Because it is so simple, these rugs are inexpensive and are a preferred style of rug to make for many who create carpets as their hobby. Flat weave rugs, coming in many different region-based types, are created by weaving the threads into cotton whereas elsewhere the threads might be wrapped around it. Another thing to consider as a rug type before we move onto the next material is its size. The size of the rug makes all the difference in the world both in terms of price and how the rug will be used. Full room rugs remain a very popular choice for families and those looking for increased comfort, but they carry several drawbacks with them. For one, large rugs and especially rugs covering the entire room are a favorite of carpet beetles. Carpet beetles are nasty pests, invisible to the naked eye, that enjoy making carpets their home and have a much easier time doing this when presented with a full room rug. Area rugs, on the other hand, are rugs of varying size that will usually cover up a single spot inside a home. The area rug can be anything from a rectangular rug in the middle of the room to a smaller, circular rug covering a spot aesthetically. They are much easier to clean and it is partly because of this that they won’t have carpet beetle issues as often. However, area rugs such as the smaller circular rugs we mentioned have their own problems with staying in one place sometimes. This can go from the rug simply not being in place firmly, to just plain sliding under feet, and while that may sound funny, people have been known to get injured this way. The size of the rug also determines its price. Obviously, a large full room rug will be much more expensive than just a small area rug, but keep in mind that this isn’t always necessarily true, as the area rug might be handcrafted and made with prestigious materials, with both factors greatly contributing to an increased price. Another example of a rug type that is known as a handmade type is the embroidered rug. This is a very old style of making a rug that uses no loom and instead has the carpet maker stitching the rug on a cloth backing. Carpets of this type from the Victorian era stand out in particular because of the vivid artwork often featured on them. With the advent of steel, needles allowed for the mass producing of this rug, but they remain the domain of the hand crafter. Aristocratic women are known to have engaged in making these rugs, with Mary Queen of Scots, being one famous and notable example. Knotted rugs are not too different from their counterparts in that they can also be made by a machine or made by hand, with the handmade versions costing a good deal more, of course. The materials used to make rugs also make a great difference. While they can either be natural, synthetic or a combination of both, rugs made with natural materials such as wool tend to be held in higher esteem and carry a higher price. The most common material for making rugs is undoubtedly nylon. Its lack of a high price is supported by the ease with which nylon rugs can be stained. A much more prestigious choice of material is wool. Wool rugs have long been held in a higher regard than most rug types because of wool’s excellent natural qualities. Wool is fire resistant and, provided that the carpet owner acts quickly enough, stain resistant, while maintaining a very high level of comfort. Because of this, and the overall priciness of wool, wool rugs are oftentimes an expensive choice of rug. Polyester and acrylic are another two synthetic materials used in rug production. Both are fairly stain-resistant, but it is said that polyester doesn’t do the best job of providing support for the person walking over it, and tends to crumble. Acrylic is also popular because its comfiness can mimic that of wool, while fetching a significantly lower price. Despite this, neither of these materials can really compare to wool in terms of quality.
The care and cleaning of rugs is always a hot topic. With each rug we add to our homes, there’s a lot of potential cleaning difficulties lurking. The infamous drink spills as well as animals marking their territory can cause horrible stains if not dealt with properly, and will assuredly add a lot more cleaning troubles should an accident ever occur. And yet, this does little to dissuade any potential rug owner from purchase. We like to think that the reason for this, aside from carpets being awesome, is that rug care, and with it, rug pad care, are not all that difficult once the owner has familiarized themselves with dos and don’ts of carpet cleaning. Every type of rug has a specific way you’re supposed to care for it. When you got that fancy rug pad to keep your area rug firmly in place, or maybe to add cushioness under the rug in your children’s room, you probably weren’t taking into consideration that it, too, requires some care and cleaning, just like the rug. If you have furniture over your carpets, you probably got a dense and sturdy rug pad to prevent furniture marks on the rug, but this alone is not enough. You must look to frequently rotate the carpet pad whenever it faces constant pressure in certain spots. Even people always standing on, or passing across the same spot, can, over time, deform the rug pad. A primary aspect of rug pad care is occasionally rotating your pads to prevent permanent deformities. The cleaning is another issue. Many rug pads, depending on their material, will absorb moisture to a point where the rug pad starts giving off a foul smell because of rot inside it. Often, this moisture comes in the form of liquid spilling onto the carpet. The carpet owners clean the carpet but forget about the rug pad, and pay the cost when they are forced to throw away their rotting rug pad. Another source of the moisture could be the carpet itself, where the carpet owner places a wet or partially wet carpet over the rug pad. The carpet, being thinner than the rug pad and being out in the open, will eventually dry, but not before the rug pad absorbs a ton of moisture that has nowhere else to go. The moisture can even come from cleaning the floor and then placing the rug pad back before it has dried. Not all issues are moisture related, however. Sometimes, the rug pad will get dusty just like the carpet can, and it might even hold dirt and debris. In this case, you’ll want to start things off by carrying the rug pad outside and trying to shake down the dirt lodged in. If this doesn’t work, you will have to go to the trouble of vacuuming the rug pad on its own before you place it back under the carpet. Not following these steps can cause the rug pad to return much of the dust back to a freshly cleaned carpet, meaning you have to clean both all over again.