The Buyer’s Guide to Rugs:
Who does not appreciate the beauty and warmth of a rug for an otherwise
bare floor? Rugs are made of many materials and come in many sizes and
shapes. Rugs have many purposes besides just decorating the floor.
A rug can define an area within a larger space, for example area rugs
in a living room may make a conversation piece when surrounded by a
seating arrangement of couches and chairs. Another small area rug could
be placed in an area for television watching or for listening to music.
Sometimes people will use an area rug beneath a dining room table to
enhance the beauty of the furniture as well as to further anchor the
space. A more “country” type décor will often use a braided rug
to go with western style furniture, while an oriental rug is usually
thought of in a more formal designed room.
Rugs are made of many different materials. Many of them today, thanks
to the development of synthetic fibers are inexpensive to own. Cheap
area rugs can be used in spaces where there is much more traffic and
where the rug may need to be replaced occasionally. Cheap area rugs do
not need to look cheap. The man made materials often have more variety
than more expensive Persian rugs. Persian rugs are known for their
beauty and durability, but may be beyond the budget of many homeowners.
Discount rugs are often made of synthetic fiber which repels water
better than Persian rugs so may be more appropriate as kitchen rugs or
The fine wool rug is more often seen as wall to wall carpeting, but is
also the main component of oriental rugs. The beauty and quality of
oriental rugs is matchless, but they can be very expensive to own.
Discount area rugs are sometimes made of other materials, such as hemp
or cotton, but these are commonly used for a specialized purpose such
as kitchen rugs or bathroom rugs.
Bath rugs or mats take their place beside a bath tub or shower to
prevent slippage when stepping out of the shower enclosure. Bath rugs
must be constructed of a material which is cleanable or even washable,
as otherwise, moisture soap and bacteria are trapped in the fibers and
may lead to disease. For this reason the rugs in the kitchen or bath
and sometimes a hallway or stair rug is general a discount area rug.
No matter what your home style or your individual decorating taste,
rugs help you to define and individualize that space. Braided rugs,
oriental rugs, wool rugs, it doesn’t matter, because they all come in
such a wonderful variety of colors, sizes and shapes that your
individual taste and color schemes can be perfectly satisfied. Your
budget can also be a key factor in choosing the rug that’s just right
for you. You can choose a discount rug that will last a season, or an
expensive heirloom rug which you will be proud to hand down to your
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