Though trends emerge in home decorating every few months, area rugs are a decorating staple that do not fade from fashion. Area rugs have been around since 4,500 BC, originating in the Middle and Far East and spreading through the world.

With time, area rug and carpet construction has evolved and become an automated manufacturing process. Depending on the materials involved and the style of weave, there are many different types of area rugs available for purchase. Your personal preferences, your home's style, and where you intend to use your area rugs will help you determine the types of area rugs and carpets that are right for your home.

Types of Area Rugs

Tufted Area Rugs

Easily mass made, tufted area rugs are the most common of the types of rugs sold. Man-made tufted material like yarn is added to a jute or polypropylene backing by a tufting machine. To increase the area rug's strength, the backing material is then bonded to hessian or another material. The more tufts that the area ug has, the better its quality.

Because of their construction, tufted types of rugs are more resistant to mildew and other bacteria that can make people sick. This makes them ideal for dining rooms, where spills may occur, and living rooms, where people frequently gather. Tufted area rugs do tend to shed more than other types of rugs, so be prepared to pull out your vacuum!

Needle-Felted Rugs

Needle-felted area rugs are relatively new types of rugs, only around for the last thirty years. The construction process for these types of rugs is very unique. Using electrostatic means, the makers attract the compact fibers that form up area rug.

These types of rugs are known for their durability, making them perfect for high traffic areas like hallways, living rooms, and entryways. However, their unique construction process makes needle-felted area rugs rather expensive, so keep your budget in mind when looking at these types of rugs.

Knotted Area Rugs

Knotted types of rugs are different in that they can be machine or man made. Thread is pulled through the backing to create the area rug. These types of rugs come in many sizes and colors, making them a versatile choice for any home. Both machine and hand-knotted area rugs are high quality, and though man-made ones may have a few small imperfections, they are prized for their one-of-a-kind designs.

Knotted area rugs are comfortable and attractive. Try using them in a bedroom or office to add a little color to these spaces.

Woven Area Rugs

Since these types of rugs are made on a loom, they can involve many different colored yarns. Loop pile (or berber) area rugs as well as cut pile rugs are constructed in this way. This is the oldest-known rug making process. Woven types of rugs are beautiful and detailed, and hand-loomed varieties can be expensive.

Since woven area rugs are one of the most attractive types of rugs, choose them for rooms where they will be seen frequently so that you and your guests can enjoy them.

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