There are several factors to consider when buying rugs for your home. Here’s a brief, handy list to help you get started:
Material - Quality & Durability
Wool and silk-and-wool blends are the most expensive options, due to their high quality. Wool is naturally stain resistant and extremely durable, so it will be easy to clean and will stand the test of time (and muddy shoes and pets).
Cotton and plant based materials like jute, sisal, and bamboo, are inexpensive to use in rug making, but won’t last as long as a wool rug. Their durability doesn’t hold up under intense foot traffic and they can be difficult to keep clean.
Process - Time & Energy
Rugs are processed and created in a variety of ways and the more time and energy that go into the process, the higher the cost. Going to a luxury brand typically means you’re buying a rug that was made through the time-honored process of hand-knotting, which dates back centuries. Hand-knotting is, you guessed it, done by hand and requires a lot of time, focus, and energy. This will drive up the cost, but will produce an exquisite and durable rug.
If you’re looking for something more affordable but still durable, you’ll want a hand-tufted rug. These are made in a process that involves a 50-50 split between man and machine. This process shaves off time and dollars. But of course, if you’re on a tight budget, machine-knotted rugs take much less time to make, so the price tag is considerably more affordable.
Design - Natural vs Chemical
Natural dyes look a lot prettier than chemical dyes. Natural shades are richer and bolder than chemical dyes, but cost a lot more to use. Long-lasting color comes from organic colors and, just like organic foods, has a larger price tag. However, that price tag could absolutely be worth having years of bold, beautiful colors throughout your home or office space.
All in all, you need to know your space and know your needs. Grab a rug that not only matches your decor, but that suits the needs of your space and the people inhabiting it. A quality rug won’t be dirt cheap, but the durability, intricate beauty, and long-lasting colors make it worth putting a little bit more of your decor budget into rugs. You don’t need that diamond-encrusted chandelier! Get a gorgeous, comfy wool rug instead.