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Different Types of Area Rugs

May 11th, 2010

area-rugs.jpgArea rugs are a good alternative to wall-to-wall carpeting since they make cleaning a much easier job and contribute a great deal to the decor of the room. They are available in a number of types, colors, sizes, shapes, designs, and styles. Base materials can include wool, nylon, olefin, synthetic, leather, sheepskin, and a few others, and you can find styles such as modern, contemporary, traditional, southwestern, zebra, or shag. The most common shapes are oval, round, square, and rectangle, although if you look long enough or can order a custom made rug, you should be able to find some more unusual shapes as well.

Modern designs with a contemporary feel can be found in the famous Andy Warhol rugs collection, which is known for featuring abstract designs, solids, stripes, and circles among others in a range of colors like red, blue, beige, black, and green. Another popular collection, Dalyn rugs, also features many contemporary designs as well as geometrical and floral patterns.

Traditional styles offer southwestern, Irish, or oriental designs along with arabesque and floral designs in bold, sophisticated colors.

Shag rugs have seen a comeback for casual use. They add a touch of luxury to any space with their shaggy and cozy feel owing to their loop and cut. Flokati is a shag rug made purely from wool.

Many different kinds of prints for kids and teens are also available from cats and flowers to cars and airplanes. Animal prints of zebra, leopard, giraffe, and fusion designs are also available.

A variety of materials is used to make these rugs. Wool is the most popular though also the hardest to maintain because regular dry cleaning care is required.

Felt rugs are made with felted wool and tend to shed less lint than wool, and so are easier to maintain.

Synthetic rug materials include nylon, olefin and polyester, and these rugs are often called faux fur rugs.

Cotton is also used with some popular kinds being the Chenille, which is usually used for shag rugs.

Leather is made from cow hide and is also a popular material for rugs.

Sheepskin or goatskin has always been a favorite though it is losing its charm because of the increasing number of animal lovers now.

All rugs are available in standard sizes like 2X3, 2X4, 3X5, 4X6, 5X8, 9X12, 10X14, and 12X15 feet though a few other sizes are also available. Rectangle, round, square, and runner are the different types of rug shapes on offer in the market.

Prices range from $50 to $900 or more depending on the type of rug you choose; the size, design and material of the rug will determine the price. There are hundreds of brands in the market like Dalyn, Sphinx, Balta, Capel, Rugs America, etc., although looking for a rug based on a brand can be a tough task since you will have to put in extra effort to compare prices and quality. The best option would be to take a look at your local store, or use online shopping sites like RugsUSA.com and Amazon.com.

This article on different types of area rugs was supplied by Nidhi Varma.

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