There are a number of factors to take into consideration when you choose to outfit your home with area rugs. Probably one of the biggest decisions you will need to make is the type of rug you prefer. However, not every room needs to have the same kind of carpet and the function of the room that you are decorating has a lot to do with the style you choose.
Wool rugs are among the most popular. There are several reasons for this. Two of the biggest are its durability and its softness. Not only does a wool rug feel great under your feet, it also naturally repels liquids and can stand up to traffic. Rugs made of wool have been known to hold their appearances for a longer period of time than those made of other fibers. Moreover, wool also dyes easily and allows for an endless amount of color options when it comes to choosing a rug for a particular room.
However, bear in mind that while a wool rug is best for living rooms, dining rooms, and other high-traffic areas of the home, it is not good for damp places because it absorbs humidity and is subject to fading. Therefore, it is not a good choice when furnishing a basement.
It used to be that handmade rugs were the things dreams were made of and only the rich could afford. However, over the course of the last 20 years, many methods of making handmade rugs have been introduced. These new ways of making rugs take a fraction of the time and labor it had previously. If you want a handmade rug without the exorbitant price tag, then look for those that are either hand tufted, hand hooked, or hand loomed.
If you or a loved one suffers from allergies or asthma, then you may want to opt for a bamboo rug. Bamboo has come a long way since its being a flat wooden mat. Today, new methods and techniques have made it so that it is softer and more breathable than cotton. However, it may not be as cushiony. Additionally, while it can sometimes be difficult to clean and may require a professional, a bamboo rug can sustain years of wear and tear and is a great choice for high traffic areas. Moreover, it is also a clever way to create a hardwood look by layering it over tile.
Regardless of what type you choose, be sure that it matches your décor, is the right size for the room it is in and that you can live with it. Most rugs are designed to last around 10 years. However, that can be increased slightly when proper care is taken. It can also be diminished through wear and tear, especially if pets and small children are involved. It is important to take into consideration your lifestyle, as well as your budget and the type of room you are furnishing when choosing a rug for your home.