They might be small, but area rugs have a big job. They pull all the elements together for one cohesive look by adding a touch of coziness, texture, and style to a hard surface or carpet.

They provide softness, warmth, and temperature/noise insulation from a functional viewpoint. They also reduce noise, especially when layered over hard surfaces, the latter being well-known for not absorbing vibrations and creating echoes.

Area rugs come in a variety of fibers. Here's the low-down on finding the best rug fiber.

Wool: One of the best choices

Wool is natural, durable, soft, and available in various colors and styles. It's also soil resistant due to its natural oils.

Wipe spills should be wiped immediately, and it's also somewhat pricey.

Nylon: An excellent choice for large area rugs

You'll probably want a large rug for a bigger space. Unfortunately, large areas are also usually the busiest, with a lot of foot traffic.

Nylon is ultra-tough and has excellent resiliency; this is the ability to bounce back after compression, such as from footsteps.

Nylon also has excellent stain resistance when a protectant is used.

Other choices:

1. Olefin (polypropylene): synthetic, durable, and budget-friendly.

2. Sisal, jute, and seagrass: natural fibers.

3. Silk: soft and adding a touch of elegance and luxury.

A final note about home rugs

Layering is a big trend this year. You can use area rugs to create statement pieces, themes, or special effects.

An area rug will add some za-za-zoom to your neutral wall-to-wall. Alternatively, it can also calm down an already too colorful and patterned one.

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