Rug is a floor covering that can be manufactured from various materials like cotton, jute, coir, wool, silk, synthetic fibers, camel hair, mohair, goat hair etc. They are available in four different types: Cotton rugs, Modern rugs, Traditional rugs and Tribal rugs.
Cotton rugs are simple decorative combination of traditional or modern designs. These rugs are found in a beautiful range of colours with hand or machine printed designs.
Modern rugs represent the hip style statements of the latest. This includes rugs woven in voguish patterns, be it contemporary or classic or a blend of both.The raw material ranges from all types of natural fiber types like silk, jute, sisal, cotton, wool and coir to synthetic fibers like polypropylene, viscose, nylon and acrylic.They are environment friendly, comfortable, available in a range of designs and at affordable prices.
Traditional rugs are always woven in asymmetrical or Persian knot.They are still seen today as an evolved form of the carpets and rugs originally woven in India.They are woven using natural fibers like wool, silk, and cotton.
Tribal rugs are also called Oriental rugs and these weavings are done by nomads and villagers. Fibers of organic origin are used for weaving tribal rugs. Generally, with a woolen pile, other plant fibers like cotton and natural fibers such as mohair, camel hair, and silk are also used to form the pile. Often goat hair is used for weft. Either Symmetrical knots also known as Ghiordes or asymmetrical known as Senneh are used to make these rugs. The yarn used in tribal rugs is of highly brighter shades.Geometrical motifs or motifs of noble animals and birds are used.
Suggested uses - Rugs can be used indoors as well as outdoors like on composite decks.
Pros - Adds beauty and style to the room decor; provides thermal resistance by retaining warm air longer, hence gives comfort and warmth; reduces slips and falls by providing cushioning to footsteps; good sound absorbent thus reduces noise; has a long life if maintained and cleaned properly. Natural fiber rugs are very inexpensive and easy to clean. Hand knotted rugs are extremely durable.
Cons - Rugs are sensitive to moisture and stains. They are also prone to mildew when used in a moist environment. Synthetic fiber rugs are susceptible to heat.
Care - Rugs are easy to maintain and clean. For larger rugs, a water vacuum can be used. Electric vacuum cleaners should never be used on antique rugs. A vacuum cleaner with suction may be used only on heavy-pile vintage or younger rugs. Never use the beater brush on any handwoven rug as its rotary action is far too rough and can pull out knots and fray out the wrapped selvedge edges. Never wrap a rug in plastic. It may create moisture condensation, which can cause mildew. Instead, roll the rug tube-style.