Selecting your rugs are an important part of the design process. When selecting the colour and pattern of your rugs, the first rule of thumb is don’t limit your choice by looking for neutrality or a match with wall tonings. Let your rugs be an integral part of the décor.
Buying Guide or Rugs
Which Rug Should I Choose If I Have Asthma & Allergies?
Don't be deterred from rugs because you suffer from Asthma or Allergies. Pollen, mould spores, pet dander, & dust mite allergens accumulate on floors, usually in the form of ‘dust’, dust accumulates on all floors but some are harder to keep clean, for example, carpet compared to tiles. The beauty of having a rug is that you can control your environment far more proficiently than carpet. Primarily, you can remove a rug and clean under it, compared to carpet this is a massive advantage in the fight against dust. The most important factor in preventing allergic reactions is to keep your rug clean, vacuuming your rug twice a week will reduce the ability for dust to works its way down deep into your rug. Choosing the correct fibre/material for your rug is also important. Synthetic fibres like Nylon & Polyester repel allergens because they are non-organic and offer an inhospitable environment. Nylon is considered the most effective fibre to control allergies. Wool is also considered to be effective although it is a natural fibre. Wool traps allergens and removes them from the air you’re breathing, and also prevents the growth of bacteria & dust mites. In fact, studies have shown that wool rugs or carpets are the best performers when it comes to resisting dust mite infestation. Beyond preventing dust and other common allergies, wool also wicks away moisture, helping to prevent against mold build-up.
What are Hypoallergenic Rugs?
Although the term 'Hypoallergenic' refers to products with allergy reducing properties, this claim has no scientific backing, and reactions still may occur. If you suffer from allergies, your safest options are Nylon, Polyester, & Wool.