Guide to Area Rug Materials

For more detailed information, please see Understanding Area Rugs: Materials and Construction.

MaterialWhat Is It?Ideal For
CottonPopular natural fiberSoft and easy to clean and maintain
LeatherUsed in conjunction with other materials.Enhances rug with interesting texture.
Natural FibersOther natural fabrics including sisal, sea grass, jute, and coirAll natural material with interesting textures.
SilkUltra-luxurious natural fabric Very pleasing sheen and texture
SyntheticsIncludes acrylic, polypropylene, viscose, polyesterAffordable alternatives to natural fibers. Can be better for maintenance or outdoor use.
WoolUsually wool from sheepMost popular natural fiber. for rugs. Feels good and high quality.

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