The Types of Area Rugs and How They can Improve Your Home Looks

Rugs are an exceptional addition to every interior space. They don’t have to cover the entire surface of the floor, as they are more used to connect various elements within the room, like the sofa and coffee table. So, you can choose a rug size that is appropriate for a particular room. But, it is the colors, materials, and textures of the rug that can change the atmosphere within a room. If you want to make the best choice when it comes to rugs, do take a look at the types of area rugs presented below and find out about the differences between them. Choose the types that will best underline the character and style of your home and you will obtain a spectacular result.

• Shag Rugs

This type of rugs is very soft due to their long threads, which also gives them a fuzzy aspect. Ideally, these rugs should be used in areas of the home where traffic is reduced. Thus, they work great under the coffee table, in front of the TV or fireplace, or in the bedroom. They are very pleasant for your feet, but it would be difficult to maintain their aspect when placed in high traffic areas.

• Oriental Rugs

The so-called oriental rugs are actually patterned pile rugs, as this name goes for almost any kind of pile rugs that features bright colors and intricate design. Of course, you can find genuine oriental rugs if you choose your provider well. Authentic Oriental rugs come from Turkey, Nepal, India, China, Pakistan, Tibet, Iran, and even some parts of Russia. But, it is worth mentioning that you can also find them in Albania, Romania, Morocco, and Egypt. They are highly versatile as their generous color palette makes them easy to blend with almost any kind of interior décor.

• Needlepoint rugs

This type of rugs are handmade and will often present complex designs. They are a very good option for those that look to obtain a romantic or vintage atmosphere in their homes. However, because these rugs are rather sensitive and can get damaged easily, it is not recommended to place them in high traffic areas. Their purpose is a highly decorative one, but walking on them on a daily basis can get them ruined in a very short while.

• Flatweave Rugs

Also called “Indian blankets”, the flat weave rugs are convenient and easy to use. They have a low pile and a thin profile. These characteristics make them rather affordable as well. What you should know is that flat weave rugs are reversible. Thus, if one side gets worn off, you can always turn the other side and enjoy the same rug for twice as long as you would use a normal rug. This is why these rugs are recommended for high traffic areas.

• Cut and Loop Rugs

These rugs are made to appear like having 3D designs. A part of the threads is cut while a part is left as loops, which gives the pattern particular aspect and feel. To allow the design to appear more visible, two colors are usually used for the making of these rugs. They are quite elegant while being minimalist, so they can represent a great choice for a wide range of interior spaces.

• Kilim rugs

The Kilim rugs originate in the area of the Balkans up to Pakistan. This is a type of woven rugs and can be decorative on their own, due to their bright colors and beautiful patterns. These rugs have a flat surface, featuring no pile because the threads are interwoven in a tight manner.

• Loop pile rugs

The loop pile rugs are very resistant to wear and tear, most people choosing this type of rugs for the living room area or stairways. The tighter the loops of the rug are, the more durable the rug will be in time. You may not get the softness you would desire from such a rug, but you will have no issues with cleaning it or replacing it any time soon. 

• Cut pile rugs

The cute pile rugs are among the most popular rug types. They can be met in almost any home because they are made from both natural and synthetic fibers. They are also available in a wide range of colors and patterns. They are soft when walking on them and they are very easy to clean, as dirt and dust can be removed with the help of a vacuum cleaner from in between the fibers.