Stumped on what rug material is best for your space? Check out our guide to the most commonly used rugs constructions and the pros and cons of each material.
It’s important to think about how a space will be used, whether it’s indoors or out, what kind of traffic it receives, and how much coziness you like underfoot.
For even more in-depth information about each breed, check out our Rug Breed Guide.
One of the most popular rug materials, wool is renowned for its softness and durability.
Why we love it: Cozy underfoot; strong; good stain and water repellency; excellent insulating properties
Things to consider: Not the best for damp places as wool absorbs humidity; some shedding may occur on sheared constructions, but will lessen with time and regular vacuuming
Best for: Living rooms, dining rooms, high-traffic areas
Indoor/Outdoor: Recycled Polyester (P.E.T.)
Eco-friendly, man-made fibers with the softness of wool.
Why we love it: Surprisingly soft underfoot, P.E.T. rugs are easy to clean.
Things to consider: Not the best pick for dining rooms, as the material may pill over time
Best for: Living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, high-traffic areas
Man-made polypropylene. Durable, washable and always dependable.
Why we love it: Easy to clean; family-friendly; can be used in damp environments; many types can be used outdoors
Things to consider: Doesn’t always feel luxurious underfoot
Best for: Kitchens, laundry rooms, outdoor spaces, high-traffic and sunny areas
A core fiber at the heart of Dash & Albert (cotton rugs were our first rugs!), it’s lightweight and a lot of look at a reasonable price.
Why we love it: Usually low profile and sometimes reversible; more affordable than other materials; easy to clean
Things to consider: Doesn’t always wear well over long periods of time
Best for: Kitchens, children’s rooms, casual spaces
SISAL & JUTE
Durable, natural grasses and other fibers combine with neutral, earthy palettes and rich textures, making them the ultimate design chameleons.
Why we love it: Very strong; renewable. Jute can be woven with other materials, making them colorful and soft underfoot. Sisal is a great base layer with other rugs.
Things to consider: Some varieties can be bristly and difficult to clean
Best for: Living rooms, and high-traffic areas
Luxurious and lustrous, viscose rugs are known for their supreme softness and subtle sheen.
Why we love it: Very soft and sumptuous feel; finer details than wool
Things to consider: Requires professional cleaning; can show footprints; water will stain the material
Best for: Gently used rooms like master bedrooms, guest rooms and low-traffic areas