Many rugs contain toxic poisons derived from dyeing, adhesives, and flame retardants. Even when environmentally friendly materials are used to produce carpets, they are frequently treated with several chemicals to repel water and dirt. These toxins discovered in rugs are often hazardous. Fortunately, there are several non-toxic rug choices.
Look for natural and recyclable fibers in eco-friendly rugs, such as wool, sisal, jute, and cotton, and mostly not polypropylene. Pay particular attention to the rug back and rug pads as well; these are frequently created at a low cost. Organic latex, jute, and wool are excellent options.
Dangerous, high-impact dyes are used to color the fibers of many carpets. So it is essential to choose rugs that are dyed with natural organic plant-based dyes.
How to know if a rug might be toxic?
First things first, natural materials such as wool and silk are a must for a non-toxic rug. If a carpet is potentially toxic from other chemical procedures, the odor of the rug may be so intense that it causes headaches, and the odor may take weeks to disappear.
For example, since wool is naturally stain-resistant, additional strong dyes might be used to color the fibers in wool carpets instead of natural, non-toxic dyes. So, while the rug's material appears to be completely safe, other chemical procedures like coloring may produce the same issues you wish to avoid.
At Home And Rugs, our handmade rugs are all non-toxic. Every part of the process of rug making is done with natural materials, like cotton, wool, and vegetable dyes for the coloring!