There are many reasons to add an area rug to your home. They add charm, they give comfort, provide protection from impact, minimize noise, and so on. Some area rugs are so beautiful that you just feel the need to add it even to a fully carpeted home.


If you are considering adding a rug to your home, you have to know what your options are so you can choose one that best fits your taste and would work well with as well as your family members. Yes, there are certain rug types that wouldn’t bode well with homes with toddlers and pets, and rugs that would not be ideal for areas with higher foot traffic.


You can go for rugs made from natural materials such as wool, cotton, silk, or cowhide. These natural rugs can be exceptionally soft and extremely durable. Almost all natural rugs are handmade, hand tufted or handwoven. Although rugs made from natural materials are known for their high quality, they might not be the best choice if you are living with toddlers who are prone to make spills and stain surfaces; this is because natural rugs are absorbent by nature and once liquid has been spilled on them, it easily sets and could be extremely hard to remove.


Alternatively, you can choose rugs made from synthetic materials. Even though synthetic rugs were mostly mass produced, it doesn’t mean that they are not durable and/or beautiful. Rugs made from nylon, polyester, polypropylene, are just some of the most preferred by some. These rugs were specifically designed, strengthened, and improved over the years to be more durable, be resistant to stain and moisture, as well as keep their rich colors or designs over time. Synthetic rugs are generally easier to maintain than natural rugs and due to their stain and dirt resistant attributes, they might be more suitable for homes or areas where spills may be inevitable, such as the dining area or the kitchen.