Wool is a natural fiber rug that is handwoven, hand-knotted, hand-loomed, or hand-tufted. Pure wool rugs are more expensive due to the extensive work that goes into designing and building them, but the quality is excellent. This kind of rug is ideal for high-traffic spaces, like the living room, bedroom, and entryway.
Whether pure silk or a silk blend, the inclusion of silk in a rug creates a luxurious shine that’s unmatched by other fibers, in addition to its sheen, silk rugs are often thin, elegant, and light to the touch. Silk rugs are amazingly delicate and can be challenging to clean, so this rug type is best in low-traffic spaces. Rayon and viscose are synthetic alternatives to genuine silk and are considered slightly less durable than the real deal.
Cotton is a relatively cheaper and such a rug material that serves as a wallet-friendly alternative to expensive rugs made of silk or wool. Moreover, cotton tends to fade quickly and doesn’t repel stains.
Jute and bamboo are natural rug fabrics that can add a coastal vibe to any indoor space. These are an excellent choice for rooms needing texture, and their economical price point makes them a good value, especially in areas where a large rug is necessary. Natural rugs are also excellent for layering smaller, more decorative rugs. For instance, if you have a gorgeous 6’x9′ rug that you want to use, but it’s too short to accommodate your grouped seats, layer it over an accurately measured natural woven rug. If you’re purchasing a jute or bamboo rug for an outdoor space, make sure it’s approved for exposure to the elements.
Leather and sheepskin rugs are fabricated from those animals’ hides. Leather carpet/rugs can be woven strips, while hides and sheepskins are full animal hides. These are ideal pieces for congested spaces, awkwardly shaped rooms, and luxurious layering. Sheepskins are much accessible to wash—you clean them like hair—and are specifically best for layering on room furniture or placed next to your bed, so you have something luxurious to walk on first thing in early in the morning. The negative points of hides are that they can shed and curl up at the corners, but this is an easy solution. Just turn them over and iron them from the backside with low heat to keep them flat. They also prefer to accumulate dirt, which can make light-colored hides look dingy, so it’s important to shake them out and wash regularly.