In general, Oriental rugs made of all types of materials tend to be hardy, durable, and capable of withstanding a fair amount of traffic. However, some types of materials will begin to show signs of wear and tear much faster than others. If you are planning on placing an Oriental Rug in a high traffic area, it is important to choose one that is capable of handling the footfalls without looking worn out in a few months.
Understanding the pros and cons of the different types of rug materials will help you choose the right flooring for the high traffic areas in your home or office.
Wool: Pros And Cons
Some of the most beautiful Oriental rugs are hand-made are made entirely of wool, a natural fiber made from the sheared-off coat of a sheep or goat. Wool is a hardy material and is a great choice for high traffic areas as the material will keep looking good for a long time. In addition, it is naturally water and stain-resistant and holds natural dyes extremely well. Spills do not have the chance to be absorbed, as the lanolin that is present in wool keeps it waterproof.
However, wool should be used in damp areas like bathrooms or in basements as it can start to become moldy. Though many wools are soft and springy, it may still be a good idea to use a rug pad to keep the rug in place and add a little more warmth.
Silk: Pros And Cons
Silk is a luxurious, lustrous fiber that warms up under the hand and wears wonderfully with the proper care. It is extremely colorfast and is delightful to walk on and lay on. However, it is not as hardy and may start to look frayed if placed in a high traffic area.
Silk Oriental rugs may be best used in a more formal room, or in homes without children or pets. This type of rug may also do well with a rug pad to help it maintain its shape and give some spring to your feet when you walk on it.
Cotton: Pros And Cons
Cotton is a plant fiber that takes dye well and can be used in damp spaces like bathrooms and as part of kitchen decor. Because it is absorbent, cotton Oriental rugs may show dirt, spills and stains more easily than rugs made of wool or synthetics. Cotton rugs may not hold their shape as well, and these types of rugs need a rug pad underneath them so they will not slide.
A rug pad is also suggested so that heavy foot traffic doesn’t wear away a path within the rug. Cotton rugs work best in small spaces, and because they can hold water, they may work best in damp areas of the home as well.
Other Factors To Consider When Choosing An Oriental Rug For High Traffic Areas
When choosing an Oriental rug for high traffic areas, it is advisable to consider color and pattern as well. It is best not to use light colored rugs in such areas. The darker the colors and the more ornate the pattern, the less likely it is your rug will show wear, stains or dirt.
Also, regardless of the material you choose, always place a rug pad under the rug. Not only will a rug pad add softness to the rug but it will also hold the rug in place and prevent it from slipping.