Oriental rugs can be made in China, India or Iran, as well as other Asian countries. And considered the best in designs and beauty. They seem to go with the exquisite palace to the rustic tent. They come in silk or wool and should last years withstanding wear and toil and can even be an excellent investment you use every day.
Floral and Designer Rugs
Rugs are something you use everyday, though you may not think it. So dont be afraid to splash out on something cheery that will be a part of your home. Just because you didnt spend alot of time and money on it like painting and wall papering doesnt mean it wont have as big an effect.
Acrylic is lightweight, soft, and warm, with a wool-like feel. Acrylic is colored before it is turned into a fibre as it does not dye very well but has excellent colorfastness. Its fibres are not very resilient, and wrinkle easily, but most acrylic fabrics have good wrinkle resistance. Acrylic has recently been used in clothing as a less expensive alternative to cashmere, due to the similar feeling of the materials.
Acrylic is resistant to moths, oils, chemicals, and is very resistant to deterioration from sunlight exposure.
Wool fibres readily absorb moisture. Wool can absorb moisture almost one-third of its own weight. But it dries almost as quick, which is why it is the prefered material for use in outdoor under clothing. Wool is generally a creamy white in colour, although some breeds of sheep produce natural colors such as black, brown, silver, and random mixes. As with most natural resources this makes it more exclusive and expensive. Which is why wool rugs are often more sort after.
Wool ignites at a higher temperature than cotton and some synthetic fibres. It has lower rate of flame spread, low heat release, low heat of combustion, and does not melt or drip, it forms a char which is insulating and self-extinguishing, and contributes less to toxic gases and smoke than other flooring products, when used in carpets and rugs. Which makes it an excellent choice for a fireside rug or living room rug. Wool carpets and rugs are specified for high safety environments, such as trains and aircraft. Wool is resistant to static electricity, as the moisture retained within the fabric conducts electricity. This is why wool garments are much less likely to spark or cling to the body. The use of wool car seat covers or carpets reduces the risk of a shock when a person touches a grounded object. Wool is considered by the medical profession to be hypoallergenic.
Polyester is a widely used synthetic (made-made) material that can be a thermoplastic (recyclable) or thermo-set (non-recyclable). Polyesters include naturally-occurring chemicals, such as in the cutin of plant cuticles, as well as synthetics through polymerisation such as polycarbonate. Natural polyesters and a few synthetic ones are biodegradable, but most synthetic polyesters are not. While synthetic fibers in general are perceived by many as having a less-natural feel compared to fabrics woven from natural fibres (such as cotton and wool), polyester fabrics can provide specific advantages over natural fabrics, such as improved wrinkle resistance, durability and better colour retention.
Polypropylene yarn is a comparitively strong material and in a rug can last for years, it is also very popular in the production of carpets. It has been proven to be very stain resistant as it does not absorb the stain. Polypropylene rugs can have many different textures and finishes from supersoft to a relatively hard berber type of finish. This material in a rug reduces the chance of any 'fluffing' as is common with some rugs.