There are many different types of fiber yarns used to make rugs. Knowing the material of your rug can help you understand how best to care for your new purchase—and ensure its longevity! 

There are many different types of materials that rugs are made from. Some materials are more durable than others, and some can be more expensive or less expensive. Knowing what kind of material you want your rug made out of will help you decide which type of rug you want as well as how much money you would like to spend on it.

Here's everything you need to know about the different kinds of rug materials available.


A natural fiber, wool is known for its insulating properties. Wool is also a good sound absorber and fire retardant, making it ideal for use in curtains, rugs, and other home furnishings. In addition to these qualities, wool has moisture-absorbing properties that make it a good choice for high-humidity spaces like bathrooms or kitchens. Further still, because of its unique blend of fibers (which includes lanolin), wool's water resistance makes it resistant to mold and mildew.


Cotton is a natural material that's been standing the test of time. It's also durable, breathable, and will last for years. Cotton is an excellent choice for high-traffic areas like living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. It can be used in high-traffic areas because it's able to withstand spills from hot beverages or food.


Jute is a natural fiber made from the jute plant's fibers. Jute is a renewable resource, which means it can be harvested on a sustainable basis and should be replenished when it's used up. It's also a versatile fiber that can be used in many different ways—from flooring to clothing to bags and even furniture! Jute has some excellent properties: it's strong, soft, and comfortable to touch. It's been used for many years as a sustainable, versatile, and renewable resource in the production of rugs.

Jute has unique properties such as anti-static properties, UV protection, and moisture-wicking characteristics that make it an ideal material for manufacturing rugs.


Sisal is a type of jute harvested from the sisal plant. It's a sturdy fiber that can be woven into carpets or rugs or used to create upholstery. Sisal is also hardy enough to withstand outdoor use.

Sisal makes for an excellent choice if you want to add warm tones and textures to your home décor—you can choose from muted shades such as gray and brown or more vibrant colors like red and orange. The soft material has a subtle sheen that reflects light beautifully in any room where it's used; this makes it ideal for high-traffic areas where there may be lots of movement around the house (think hallways).


Silk is a natural material made from the cocoons of silkworms. It's a protein fiber, which means it's strong and durable. Silk fabric breathes well and is soft to touch; it also insulates against heat and moisture. Silk is generally not waterproof; however—it can be treated to become water-resistant but will still hold a considerable amount of water inside the weave when wet. This makes it harder to clean than cotton because dirt and sweat tend to soak into its fibers rather than sit on top as they do with other materials. Cleaning rugs made with silk should also be done by professionals unless you have experience with delicate cleaning techniques yourself; otherwise, you risk damaging them beyond repair!


Nylon is a synthetic fabric made from polyamide. It is very durable and can be used to make rugs, carpets, and upholstery. In addition, nylon is stain resistant and easy to clean. It is a good choice for outdoor rugs because it can withstand fading due to sunlight exposure or damage by insects or leaves falling on them.


Olefin, also known as polypropylene, is a synthetic fiber made from polyethylene polymer. Olefin rugs are famous for their durability and resistance to stains. Olefin rugs are very easy to clean, which makes them ideal for high-traffic areas like hallways and kitchens.

The colors in olefin rugs won't fade under direct sunlight. They repel water, mold, and mildew, which means they are perfect for outdoor use.


Polyester is a synthetic fiber made from petroleum. It's very durable, affordable, and easy to clean. Polyester is also known as polyester yarn or polyester fabric.

Knowing the material of your rug is essential in understanding how to take care of it and how to choose and clean your rug.

This blog has been created to give you an insight into the different types of rugs available. If you are looking for a new rug, we recommend visiting our shop and looking at the vast selection that we have on offer.

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