At first, every homeowner might think that the design and appearance are the things that should determine what rugs they would purchase. Although design or style would definitely affect your final choice of the rug, there are other rug features you may also want to take into consideration, such as rug pile.


Rugs can be categorized into two types, according to piles – low pile rugs and high pile rugs. Pile refers to the strands of the fibers on the rug surface.


Low Pile Rugs


Low pile rugs have shorter strands. Most of the time, low pile rugs have a flat, even surface that could be firm when walked on.


High Pile Rugs


High pile rugs have loose and longer strands that give it a cozier, plush appearance. This rug type is a lot softer and can provide additional comfort when walked on, as compared to low pile rugs.


What is the best choice for you?


Both low pile rugs and high pile rugs have their pros and cons. But the best choice of rug pile will greatly depend on where you plan to use the rug for.


For an instance, if you are to use the rug in your home and you have family members who suffer from allergies or asthma, it would be wiser to choose a low pile rug. Low pile rugs don’t trap as many allergens, dust, soil, and dirt as high pile rugs do because of their shorter strands.


On the other hand, if you want comfort, warmth, and luxurious feel, high pile rugs won’t let you down. High pile rugs can also withstand high foot traffic before its surface flattens. But if you’re not a fan of constant cleaning of your rugs, high pile might not be right for you because it can be difficult to clean and could hold a lot of dirt and unwanted particulates. Whatever kind you choose make sure you call to keep them clean for you.