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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Silk / Faux Silk

Silk is a natural fiber that is known for its luster and shine. Silk is the most expensive fiber used in area rugs and therefore is most frequently used as accents in wool area rugs.

Faux Silk is a man-made fiber made from polyester fibers and is a cost effective alternative to silk.


Cotton is a natural fiber that is very similar to wool fibers. Cotton fibers are:
  • Naturally durable;
  • Naturally soft; and
  • Naturally absorbent of dyes.

Cotton fibers are not as long lasting as wool fibers and therefore are often combined with other fibers.


Bamboo is a naturally durable wood that is used in some area rugs. The combination of Bamboo's durability and low cost, make it a practical choice for high traffic areas.


Acrylic is a man-made fiber that feels like wool, but costs much less. Acrylic fibers are often combined with other types of fibers to give area rugs the look and feel of wool, without the expense of wool fibers.


Polyester is a man-made fiber derived from either terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol or recycled plastic soda bottles. Polyester fibers are:
  • Resistant to fading;
  • Resistant to water-soluble stains;
  • Soft to the touch; and
  • Inexpensive.

Overall, polyester fibers are very similar to nylon fibers, however they are not as durable.


Nylon is a man-made fiber derived from petroleum products. Nylon fibers are:

  • Resistant to most dirt, mildew and moistures;
  • Easy to clean and maintain;
  • Known for their non-allergenic properties;
  • Very resiliant and durable; and
  • Available in endless colorations.

Nylon fibers' reptuation for resiliancy, durability, and cleanability make it an ideal choice for high traffic areas.

Olefin (Polypropylene)

Olefin (Polypropylene) is a man-made fiber derived from petroleum products. Olefin fibers are:
  • Colorfast and resist fading;
  • Inherently stain resistant;
  • Resistant to abrasion;
  • Resistant to moisture, mildew, and piling;
  • Able to be used outdoors;
  • Luxurious in appearance;
  • Soft to the touch; and
  • Favorably priced.

The abovementioned attributes have made olefin (polypropylene) fibers one of the most popular fibers used in today's area rugs. Despite all the advantages of (polypropylene) fibers, they are not as resilient as nylon or wool and therefore may not be the best choice for high traffic areas.

Wool / Worsted Wool

The inherent qualities of this natural fiber make it the premier material for area rugs.

  • Resilient. Wool fibers have a natural crimp in them which make them naturally resilient. This natural resiliency gives wool area rugs long-lasting durability.
  • Comfortable. Wool fibers are naturally soft, yet durable thanks to their natural resiliency.
  • Easy to Care For. Wool fibers naturally repell water and soil. This makes wool area rugs easy to clean and maintain.
  • Green. Wool is a natural, renewable, and recyclable resource, which is good for the environment.
  • Safe. Wool fibers are naturally flame resilient.
  • Rich Colors. Wool fibers absorb and hold dye better than any other area rug material. This gives wool area rugs rich, deep colors Area rugs made from wool have deep, rich colors which cannot be replicated in synthetic fibers.

Wool fibers which have been further processed to remove the shorter fibers are called worsted wool fibers. Worsted wool fibers are more durable than non-worsted wool fibers.

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