Rugs. People step on them constantly, heavy furniture rests on them and, let's face it, kids and pets do all kinds of things to them. One of the top requests I get from my clients is for a durable rug. I get it! You want a great looking rug that will last. If you truly want it to last you're going to have to spend the money. Rugs are one of the main areas I encourage my clients to spend the money in exchange for a long-lasting, durable rug. I'm breaking down the different rug types so you know what to look for when picking out your next rug. For a list of some of my favorite carpet and rug brands, check out the carpet diem blog post.
Wool Rugs -
Hands down your most durable rug option. They hold up to dogs, cats, kids and messy husbands and can be professionally cleaned. This being said, they will also be one of your more expensive options. They come in a variety of colors and styles and are my top choice for heavy traffic areas.
Natural Fiber Rugs -
These are my favorite option for layering with smaller flat woven rugs or to bring texture into any space. While they are durable, they are harder to clean because of their natural texture.
Cotton Rugs -
While these rugs are very soft and comfortable on the feet, cotton rugs are less durable and not meant for high traffic areas. They are sometimes machine washable and can be kept up with regular vacuuming and cleaning spills right away.
Hide Rugs -
These rugs make fabulous accent pieces and look great layered over other rugs. The best quality cowhides are typically kept in their natural colors. They are pretty durable and highly stain resistant. It's important to dry it immediately if it gets wet and to avoid alkaline soaps when cleaning.
Synthetic Rugs -
Synthetic rugs are made from man-made fibers, such as polypropylene. They are often used as indoor/outdoor rugs because of their durable fibers. While these are durable, they only have a lifespan of about 3-5 years. They are not intended for longterm use.