Choosing A Persian Rug

Choosing A Persian Rug

The floor is the focal point when you walk into a room. Therefore, the addition of a Persian rug makes a notable design statement in any décor. Persian rugs are available today in such materials as wool, polypropylene, and viscose. They also come in various colours, including ivory or cream, red, orange, blue, black, gold, green, or beige. You can also buy Persian carpets in sizes from small to oversized.

What you choose in a material or design will be based on your lifestyle and personal tastes. For example, traditional Persian rugs are generally woven with natural wool that can last for as long as 50+ years.  Today’s modern rugs are also available in a variety of other materials that appeal to many people.

 Synthetic Options

Viscose rugs are made of an artificial rayon material. Known as art silk, the fabric is considered semi-synthetic because natural cellulose, or wood pulp, is used in its manufacture. This silky and breathable material is a functional replacement for actual silk because of its performance and affordability. If you regularly vacuum a viscose rug and blot up spills immediately, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the fabric for years.

In addition, you can opt for synthetic small to extra-large Persian-style rugs at Synthetic rug styles often use artificial fibres such as polypropylene (also known as olefin). Other fibres used may include acrylic, polyester, or nylon.

The Natural Advantages of Wool

Although several different animals, such as alpaca and goats, have wool coats, the wool that is used in the rug industry generally comes from sheep. However, some mohair rugs made from the fine wool coat of Angora goats, are sold in rare cases as well.

Wool is generally a popular choice for rugs because it is natural, biodegradable, and renewable. The wool from sheep is obtained once a year in the spring, when the coat has grown long but is no longer required to keep the animal warm. Wool is a durable material as it keeps sheep protected in high altitudes where the climate is often harsh. The wool grows strong and thick, yet is resilient and elastic in nature.

The fibre also contains lanolin, which serves as a natural defence and protectant against the elements and dampness. As a result, it is hard for spills to absorb into wool rugs if they are blotted up quickly with a damp cloth. Also, vacuuming a wool carpet regularly keeps its lustre at its peak.  Wool rugs not only are easy to clean, they generally feel more luxurious and soft than other rug fabrics and are resistant to flames.

While wool is more expensive than synthetic alternatives, both its ongoing durability and strength are well-appreciated. The pile of a Persian rug made from wool is also naturally insulating and sturdy. While synthetic rugs tend to last about five years, wool rugs, as noted, last far longer. Depending on construction and materials, some Persian rugs are designed to last decades or even centuries.

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