Rugs have long been prized for their beauty and utility. They can be broken into several categories. Sometimes they are divided by country of originate or the style in which they are made.

One simple way to classify rugs is by the material from which they are made.


Cotton Rugs

Cotton rugs are a popular choice because they are quite easy to clean and are also very soft. Cotton rugs can be braided or woven by hand or made by machine. These rugs are used to add warmth or color to an area. Many people like them because they are made from a natural material, are biodegradable and can really brighten up a room. The down side of cotton rugs is that they don’t last as long as other types.


Wool Rugs

One of the most cherished types of rugs is those made of wool. They are also the most expensive. They are strong and relatively easy to maintain. In some cultures woolen rugs are passed down from one generation to the next and retain their beauty for centuries. The colors on these easy to dye rugs actually seem to look richer and more vibrant as they age. Woolen Gabbeh rugs are a type of Persian rug traditionally hand woven by Qashqai weavers in Iran. Part of the reason these rugs are prized is because they are so colorful, unique and beautiful.


Plant Fiber Rugs

Rugs are sometimes made of plant fiber. Bamboo, jute, sea grass and sisal are the fibers most often used. These rugs are very durable and can be woven into a wide range of shapes and designs and used in a variety of settings. One of the things which set plant fiber rugs apart is their ability to be used on either side. When one side begins to show wear the owners can simply flip the rug over and an almost brand new rug emerges. Made from a renewable resource these rugs are often sought by people who want an environment-friendly choice.


Olefin Rugs

People looking for an inexpensive rug they can use in high traffic areas would do well to choose Olefin rugs. Made of synthetic fibers, Olefin rugs can stand up to multiple washings while still retaining their brilliant colors. They are also lightweight, fast drying and do not fade when left in direct sunlight. It is the ideal type of rug for people who have children or large families and want to add color and style to a room without spending a lot of money.


Acrylic Rugs

Acrylic rugs are another good choice for people who want a good looking rug but do not want to pay an arm and a leg for it. Although they are able to withstand fading, mildew, moisture and stains and are versatile enough to be used in any room of the house, they are not as durable as the woolen rugs they resemble. Placed in high traffic areas, they quickly begin to fall apart. However when placed in rarely used rooms they can remain dazzlingly beautiful for years.