Area Rugs | Fibers: The Cons

Interior designer and mentor Becky Freeman shares the cons of area rug fibers.

Why you may not want these area carpets


  • Wool doesn’t come cheap. Especially when a piece is made from 100% wool fibers.
  • Moths! They LOVE wool just as much as we do. If you decide to store your rug, take extra precautions.
  • Brand new wool rugs shed. The loose fibers will make a steady appearance for at least a few months, sometimes up to a year.
  • Some people are allergic to wool all together. If you can’t wear wool socks, then you wouldn’t want to be walking bare foot on a wool rug.


  • Cotton does not insulate well. No heating efficiencies here!
  • Cotton is a thin fiber when compared to something like wool. It is not the material to include in your room if you are looking for something cozy and soft.
  • Cotton tends to attract dust and dirt. It also doesn’t boast any stain resistance. characteristics
  • The durability of a cotton rug is little. On average, they must be replaced more often than other types of fibrous rugs.


  • Mucho expensive! Silk rugs are one of the most lucrative floor covering options.
  • Like cotton, silk fibers are not naturally resistant to staining. If cleaning is required, professional fees can be costly.
  • Silk fibers do not have a springy characteristic. You’ll want to avoid areas of high traffic or setting furniture down in a specific location repeatedly.

Becky Freeman Interior Design, author of this feature, is a Interior Design firm in Toronto, Ontario. Becky would love to talk to you about designing a space expressly for you.

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