Finding the Perfect Carpets and Rugs For Your Home

Carpets and rugs fill our homes with warmth and comfort and a soft, luxurious surface underfoot. If you're thinking about renovating your home, it's always worth investing in strong, resistant flooring that offers great durability over time.
Finding the Perfect Carpets and Rugs For Your Home

Last update: 21 September, 2020

Every home needs comfortable, firm and hard-wearing flooring. As always, the materials you use will have a huge impact on the look and feel of your space. Today, we want to take a closer look at some of the different types of carpets and rugs on the market, and the different qualities they have to offer.

Creating a home that’s beautiful and inviting is one of the best ways to promote well-being. In fact, finding ourselves in pleasant surroundings that make us feel relaxed and happy is essential for everyday life.

All too often, we tend to focus too much of our time on picking out the furniture, wall colors, ornaments and appliances we want for our homes. But what about the floors? Although it’s often overlooked, flooring is an integral part of any home and deserves your full attention.

Polyamide carpets and rugs

Polyamide carpets and rugs.

Carpets and rugs fulfill a very important role in our homes, providing a soft, warm, and luxurious surface underfoot. One of the most popular materials is polyamide (or nylon), a man-made fiber that guarantees great resistance and durability over the years.

The fibers are typically around 2.5 mm in length. Softer and more resilient than almost any other material on the market, polyamide rugs don’t tend to develop any unexplained rough patches or lifting. However, you’ll have to be careful when it comes to wine and other substances, as they can stain. As for the cleaning, this must be done dry.

These rugs are a popular choice for public spaces such as office buildings, stores, and meeting rooms. Although they come in a wide range of different colors, grays, beiges, and deep reds are the most common, and work well with furniture of all different styles and designs.

Comfortable floors are synonymous with well-being.

Polypropylene carpets and rugs

A gray polypropylene rug.

Polypropylene carpets and rugs are one of the most popular options for family homes. Like polyamide carpets, they’re a great choice for anyone looking for durable and versatile flooring. While they come in a variety of different designs, the material remains the same and offers the same fantastic benefits.

If you’re looking to carpet a large area, we’d recommend seeking help from a professional. However, if you follow the instructions carefully, it’s possible to lay these carpets yourself.

1. The fibers tend to measure between 2-2.5 mm in length, creating a smooth, solid surface. Durable and highly resistant, they’ll stay in great condition year after year, and won’t be easily worn out by normal everyday use. 

2. While some rugs are treated with anti-stain treatment, it’s best to avoid spills where possible. Like polyamide rugs, these rugs should be dry-cleaned only. Keep in mind that your footprints may leave impressions in your rug over time.

3. Textures can vary greatly. While some rugs have fine, curling fibers, others have a smoother appearance. Any of these could be a great option for your home. It’s simply a question of personal taste.

4. Again, there’s a wide variety of colors on offer. As with polyamide rugs, neutral tones tend to be the most popular. However, if you want your room to stand out from the crowd, we’d recommend going for either light or dark tones.

Natural coconut fiber rugs

A natural coconut fiber rug.

We wanted to give a special mention to this next type of rug. Made from 100% natural coconut fiber, these are really interesting and unusual decorative elements. While they’re not necessarily a common sight in homes and offices, they’re slowly growing in popularity.

As we already stated, these rugs are made up of natural fibers on a PVC base, ensuring great support and stability. They’re super comfy and soft to the touch and are ideal for high traffic areas such as hallways.

With these natural fiber rugs, you’ll be able to walk barefoot around your house whenever you like.

Deep pile carpets

Deep-pile carpets and rugs.

If you have young children, rugs will take on an even more important role in your home. As children often play on the floor, it’s good to provide them with a comfortable surface to sit on. At the same time, it can also help to cushion falls and prevent any serious injuries. Deep pile rugs are thicker than other styles and will allow you to give your floors that extra layer of comfort and security, wherever you need it most.

They also tend to have thicker, longer fibers, making them incredibly soft and providing extra padding. As such, they’re the perfect choice for children’s bedrooms. In fact, they’re so comfy that you could even sleep on the floor if you really wanted.

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