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The benefits of natural fibre rugs: Reducing toxins in your home

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Selecting the right rug for your home can be a daunting task. There are a variety of floor coverings available in the market today, so choosing the right rug can be very difficult. Synthetic rugs might seem beautiful and extremely cheap, but they may not be ideal for your home.



Wool Rugs Being Made


Allergy sufferers can have a hard time adjusting to an influx of new chemicals, as many floor rugs are treated with stain protectors, insecticides, fire retardants, and volatile organic compounds making it extremely uncomfortable for anyone affected.

If you want your home to look good without the harsh chemicals associated with synthetic rugs, then perhaps a natural fibre rug is the right choice. Itís possible to dress them up and layer them like you would with any other carpet; and they are quite affordable. Natural fibre rugs will tend to have a much longer lifespan than their synthetic counterparts too if cared for correctly.

Wool Rugs

Wool is actually the traditional material of choice for many people. When you decide to get a wool rug, you wonít have to stress a lot about cleaning it. The material is easy to dye and clean, and itís very comfortable on the skin. The material is very resilient because it can withstand heavy footfall without getting damaged. It doesnít lose its elasticity like synthetic fibres, so it will be a good choice for life. It is also flame resistant and non-allergenic, so your family will be safe from bacteria. When using these types of rugs, you will be able to reduce noise from tiles or your wooden floor because the material insulates heat and sound.



Wool Rugs Being Made


Cotton Rugs

Cotton is known to be naturally hypoallergenic and very resistant to any dust-mites, meaning that your family will be free from allergies. It is also very easy to dye and even weave. Although itís soft just like wool, it is not as durable. This doesnít mean that you shouldnít use a cotton rug, however itís best to fix them in areas which do not have a lot of traffic.

Silk Rugs

Silk is also ideal for people with allergies, and it will greatly regulate your house temperature. Apart from being very beautiful, they absorb moisture, decreasing the humidity in the house. The material is soft and very durable.

Leather Rugs

Leather rugs are known for their beauty, along with various benefits. The material is very strong, flexible and it doesnít wear out easily. It is ideal for the places frequently visited in the home. It is very easy to clean, and resistant to moisture. These types of rugs are most commonly seen in their rare form as cow hides.

Sea Grass Rugs

Due to the fact that sea grass is grown under water, it makes for a very strong rug. It is extremely resistant to most stains and spills, making it ideal for homes with children. They are not dyed, so they are used in their natural form. They do however come in different naturally beautiful shades, which you can choose according to your taste.

Jute Rugs

Although they are not durable like other natural rugs, Jute rugs are very comfortable and beautiful. They can be used in areas which do not have a lot of traffic. Jute is also a great renewable source material.

Hemp Rugs

Hemp Grass rugs are not dyed, but they have very good natural colours. They are known for their smooth touch, and they are very comfortable underfoot. Hemp rugs are often referred to as mountain grass rugs.

Before buying your rug, it is good to understand which one of these natural rugs will suit your needs perfectly. Some rugs are fit for places which do not have a lot of traffic, while others are ideal for homes with high traffic areas where kids and pets are abound.

Apart from their beauty, itís important to consider the following aspects too. These rugs might not be ideal for your kitchen, your bathroom or any wet area in your home. The water can damage them permanently. However, if you can afford to replace with a new one every now and then, then your home will remain beautiful and less toxic.

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