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.
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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.
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Considered the highest quality natural rug fiber, with some well-made rugs lasting for generations. Produced from sheep fleece. Wool is a popular choice for being naturally flame retardant, durable; warm in winter and cool in summer. Wool holds colour well, while maintaining it’s natural look. New wool rugs will shed lightly in the first three to six months and be low shed after this time. Shedding renews the fibre and keeps your wool rug looking fresh and new for many years. Higher quality wool will experience less shedding and be softer to the touch. You can also choose a vintage handmade wool rug, or a Tibetan hand knotted rug for a low to no shed option. Resists static, stains, fire, and insects. Doesn’t trap dust and allergens. Good for high traffic areas.
A soft and strong filbre that holds dye well for bright colouration. Produced from the cotton plant. Cotton is an easy care, low maintenance option and lends itself to a lighter construction. Machine washable. Good for low- to medium-traffic areas such as bedrooms and bathrooms. Highly absorbent. Great for medium traffic areas.
Cowhide retains its look through a life-extending, skin-softening process. Cowhide is hypoallergenic, resistant to dirt and water. While it is Lightweight, it can stand up to medium to heavy traffic areas.
Jute is a popular choice, being very eco friendly and cost effective. A long, soft, shiny, vegetable-based fibre. Often hand braided, this material gives an organic look and is easy to style. This material is moderately soft, and is not as durable as some other materials such as wool or heat-set polypropylene. Jute is highly absorbent, so best to avoid using this material in areas that may experience spills such as bathroom, kitchen or dining rooms. Best for low traffic areas.
Sisal is a popular choice for entrances and hallways as it is durable, rugged and easy to keep clean. Produced from the Agave plant. Sisal rugs resist dirt particles and contains natural tannins (also found in tea and red wine) that control the growth of bacteria, fungi and dust mites. Sisal is the most coarse of the rug fibres, so may not be ideal for bedroom or lounge room settings. Great for medium traffic areas.
Hemp is a versatile fibre that is very ecofriendly, durable and stylish. Produced from a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses. Hemp fibre can be coarse or soft depending on the treatment the material receives, but all hemp will soften over time. Hemp is sustainable, mildew-resistant, and incredibly strong. Great for medium to heavy traffic areas.
Silk has a luxurious sheen, soft feel, and a highly decorative look. Produced by silkworms. Silk is delicate, but rugs combining fibres from silk and wool can offer the look of silk with more durability and easier maintenance. Best suited for low traffic areas.
Acrylic is a super soft fibre that holds dye extremely well, allowing for a wide variety of colours from the softest pastel to the boldest brights. A petroleum-based fibre made from the polymerisation of acrylonitrile (a clear plastic). Closest synthetic substitute for the light, soft, warm feel of wool. It is an excellent choice for kids rooms, lounge rooms and bedrooms. As with wool, the pile will shed slightly in the first three to six months and reduce after this time - choose a low pile acrylic rug if you want the benefits of acrylic with less shedding. Easy to wash and fast drying. Retains its size and shape. Colourfast and holds bright dyes well as it is highly resistant to sunlight. Best suited to low traffic areas.
Polypropylene is a durable and cost effective material. A lightweight petroleum-based fibre made from a polyolefin that is dyed to the desired colour when in the liquid state. Popular in loop carpets like Berbers. Highly durable and stain resistant. Soft to the touch & easy to clean. Colour won't fade, & experiences no shedding or pilling. Great for heavy traffic areas.
Polyester is a soft and shiny fibre that is usually found in shag rugs and is a low shed material. A lustrous polymer fibre (aka PET) made from mixing terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. Vibrant colours that don’t fade. Soft and luxurious feeling underfoot. Mould, mildew, stain resistant. Great for heavy traffic areas.
Viscose is a super soft and shiny fibre that can be used on its own or to add soft, shimmering touches to natural fibre rugs. Made with wood pulp using chemical processes. Viscose will shed slightly, less so if the viscose has a loop pile construction. This material is silky in appearance and to the touch. Great for high traffic areas.