Do you know how to pick out a good quality area rug if you saw it at first sight? Not everyone knows what to look for in the materials, the sense of quality, the proper size, or even what to buy to protect it. That’s why when you purchase one, you need to pick it up and inspect it so you’ll know you’ll be getting exactly what you want if you’re on a particular budget. Fortunately, most stores that sell area rugs don’t keep them hidden to avoid any inspection.
Checking the Materials
Based on your budget, you’ll want to look out for various type of materials that all offer something good for the price. If you’re on an extreme budget, you shouldn’t be afraid to buy a synthetic area rug, because they have a number of benefits. Both polypropylene and nylon area rugs mask dirt fairly well, plus have UV and water protection. Nylon rugs are considered a little higher quality, though all synthetic area rugs are usually well under $100.
Cotton area rugs are usually the cheapest area rugs you’ll find in stores, despite wearing out the fastest due to not being stain resistant or much else. Regardless, if you intend to only have an area rug temporarily, they can be a real budget saver.
Those who want to go green should look out for area rugs made of natural materials. These are also very affordable and are made of plant-based fibers that really don’t clean well.
If you want real quality and don’t mind the price of several hundred dollars, buying a wool or Persian area rug is going to be your best bet. These rugs hold up under many different conditions and will last you for many years. That’s because they’re stain resistant and don’t get that flat look from too much foot traffic.
Inspecting the Knots Under the Rug
You can tell a lot about what the real quality of an area rug is by looking at the knots underneath. This can tell you whether it was hand-knotted or if partially done on a machine. A hand-knotted rug can be determined by seeing if the pattern underneath is in reverse from the top pattern. You’ll know immediately it wasn’t hand-knotted if the pattern is just a backing. This doesn’t mean there wasn’t some human work done on the rug. It just means that it was hand-tufted, which means a machine did some of the work.
If you’re into the best possible quality, choose the hand-knotted variety, even if hand-tufted area rugs cost less.
Which Area Rug Size is the Best Quality?
You’ll want to choose a rug that looks in price what you paid for your furniture. Having an obviously cheap area rug under an expensive couch will give a disparity that throws off the aesthetic of a room. While size won’t matter in determining quality, you still want to give the sense of quality based on the size you chose for your room. You want one that’s going to naturally fit around your furniture without looking like you deliberately sought out a bargain.
Protecting Your Rug
When you buy that expensive area rug, you want to protect it the best you can. Rug pads that go underneath are a good investment because they prevent your rug from getting jostled around when there’s considerable foot traffic. You’ll want to buy a thicker pad to help make your rug feel more comfortable when you have guests over. Those thicker pads may cost well over $50, but you’ll maintain the quality of your rug for a lifetime.
Google Shopping shows you the variances in price for these pads as proof of how something seemingly simple can be more valuable than it looks.