Which Material do I Choose?

With so many rug styles and fibres to choose from, it’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed when browsing for your ideal rug! Especially in large stores such as RugZone which offer so much choice and variety, it can be difficult to know which rug will look good and be most practical in your home.

Well, look no further than this blog post to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. We’ve put everything you need to know in simple terms, to make shopping for a rug an enjoyable experience instead of a stressful one!

Firstly there are the practical things to consider: whereabouts in the room will the rug be placed, and will it get high traffic volumes? Will children and pets be frequent users of the rug? Will it be subject to any moisture volumes, such as people wiping wet feet? All these things need to be taken into consideration before choosing the material of the rug.

Rugs intended for the bedroom may not need durability at the top of its list of qualities – you’d probably just want a gorgeously soft texture with a design to match the décor. Here is the lowdown on some of the most common materials used in rugs:


Wool is an all-round good choice for a rug material, as it feels and looks great. They offer great heat insulation and additionally repel stains – an ideal child-friendly rug. The only negative effect of choosing wool is it tends to shed fibres for a period of time. They are also not suitable for damp rooms.

polyproylene rug


This material is a smart choice to use all over the home, as it is the most stain resistant and fade resistant rug on the market. Suitable for hallways and dining rooms where spillages may occur, these rugs are extremely durable and easy to clean.

Synthetics (nylon, polyester etc)

A synthetic fibre rug is made to mimic the feel of a wool or other high-quality style rug but is generally more affordable. They are easy to clean and highly durable, and hold similar qualities to wool rugs; the only difference is they don’t feel as pleasant on the skin. However, if used in most downstairs rooms the disadvantage is irrelevant as most guests will have shoes on.


For a rug that is in a league of its own for luxurious softness, there’s only one choice – sheepskin. The 100% natural material is soft, fluffy and warm, making it perfect for bedrooms and nurseries. However sheepskin rugs are not easily cleaned, and for spillages or marks you will have to get it cleaned professionally.