Home Decorating Which Rug Weave is Right for Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs

Which Rug Weave is Right for Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs

Which Rug Weave Is Right For Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

We’ve been around the room makeover block a time or two (okay, maybe more), and if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that not all rugs are created equal. It’s easy to fall for a beautifully patterned rug or an area rug that seems to perfectly fill a large space, only to discover that the material or construction just isn’t right for the room. Well, you’re in luck! Look no further than our continuing series of posts on which rug is right for your space. These tips will not only save you time and money, but will also prevent—gasp!—the dreaded decorating disappointment.

When it comes to choosing an area rug, just as much, if not more, importance should be placed on the fabric and weave of a rug as its size, color, and pattern. You may want something durable and easy to clean for the kitchen or entryway, an easygoing and lightweight rug for the living room or home office, or a thick and cushy area rug for the bedroom or family room. Today we’re highlighting a classic, lightweight, and always dependable material: cotton.

 

Woven Cotton Rugs

Woven cotton rugs have what is perhaps the ultimate rug-weave trifecta: mobility, reversibility, and affordability. All of which add up to one of our favorite design traits: adaptability. Woven cotton rugs, constructed of 100 percent cotton, are at home in just about any room.

Which Rug Weave Is Right For Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

hey’re durable enough to stand up to the heavy traffic of a kitchen or hallway, but also soft enough underfoot for the bedroom, nursery, or family room.

Which Rug Weave Is Right For Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

As a bonus, their light weight means easy lifting when you get the urge to rearrange the living room for the third time this month.

Which Rug Weave Is Right For Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

To top it all off, woven cotton rugs are super easy to care for; a good shake and regular vacuuming are all that’s needed to keep them looking great. For a deeper clean, small woven cotton rugs may be hand washed in cold water; professional cleaning is recommended for larger area rugs.

 

Cotton/Viscose Rugs

A combination of cotton and viscose give these rugs their plush look and toe-pleasing feel.

Which Rug Weave Is Right For Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Cotton/Viscose Rugs are great for low- to medium-traffic areas where you want a little more cushion underfoot, such as guest rooms, hallways, and home offices.

Which Rug Weave Is Right For Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

To clean woven chenille rugs, vacuum regularly and give them the occasional gentle shake to remove dirt, hair, and more. Professional cleaning is best for stain removal.

Which Rug Weave Is Right For Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Hooked Cotton Rugs

Much like the hook of a catchy pop song, you’ll become totally addicted to the cushy appeal of a hooked cotton rug. These area rugs are hand hooked by skilled artisans from scrap jersey fabric or yarn, giving them a springy, looped construction that feels bouncy underfoot.

Which Rug Weave Is Right For Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Pay attention to the size of the hook and fabric loops, as they’ll help you determine where to place your rug. Chindi large and medium hooked rugs are high-profile and very plush, making them especially well-suited for living rooms, bedrooms, and family spaces.  If you’re looking for that same cushy feel with a lower profile and a more detailed pattern, chindi micro-hooked and yarn hooked rugs are your floor’s new best friend. Chindi micro hooked rugs are made with thin-cut scraps of jersey fabric, which creates a much smaller loop and allows for more intricate patterns, while yarn hooked rugs are made with 10 to 12 cotton yarns per hook, for multiple color combinations and a unique mottled look. Both techniques create a visually stunning, durable rug that performs in both high- and low-traffic areas, including offices, dining rooms, and, yes, even stairs!

Which Rug Weave Is Right For Your Space? Part 1: Cotton Rugs | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Hooked cotton rugs need regular vacuuming and a good shake to stay looking their best. Professional cleaning is recommended for stain removal and for large area rugs.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our past post on wool rugs!

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4 comments

Cindi January 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

It is a toss up for me…The Kaledo Green Hooked Rug and
the Fair Isle Cotton Woven Rug!
Thanks, Cindi

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Karin January 16, 2015 at 9:47 pm

I am looking for a staircase runner. There are about 12 steps. Would like a cotton runner . What would you recommend
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Fresh American January 19, 2015 at 10:47 am

Hi, Karin! For cotton runners, you have two good choices: woven cotton and hooked cotton. Hooked cotton is more substantial underfoot, but can also be harder to clean and is a bit more expensive. Woven cotton is lightweight, durable, easy to clean, and more affordable. Though we love cotton chenille on floors, it’s best in lower-traffic areas, so we would avoid it on stairs.

Check out our cotton rugs and let us know if you decide to use one! http://annieselke.com/Cotton-Rugs/c/FA79

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Marisa August 6, 2017 at 5:17 pm

This is super helpful!! Xx

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