8 Types of Shag Rugs

Shag rugs are not just a throwback to the 70s anymore. Instead of the outdated colors and shabby shag styles, today’s manufacturers create works of art that may surprise the design novice.  Shag rugs have re-established a place of respect among the interior design community. Design-savvy individuals understand that shag rugs can add comfort and even an element of luxury to a home. The unique colors, pattern, and textures can accent any design scheme. While the softness underfoot accents the homes coziness.

In this post, we will be looking at some of the more creative constructions of shag rugs. There are many variations in form and texture that can be achieved through the use of different materials and construction methods.

Types of Shag Rug

1. Felted Wool

Cirrus-6 from Cirrus by Surya

Felted Wool is one of the most interesting materials to make a rug from. The shapes and textures that can be created are diverse and surprising.

The Cirrus Collection from Surya is a perfect example of what can be done with Felted Wool. These rugs are visually interesting with hand woven stubs that point in every direction. This collection comes in a variety of colors too so there is one for every decor scheme.

The Blossom collection from Surya can also add character to your space. The circular pieces of felt are hand woven from 100% New Zealand Felted Wool. You can tell by simply looking that this is a thick, plush rug that will be super comfortable underfoot.

2. Mixed Textures

SG640P from Shag 600 by Safavieh

Mixing textures on a rug can create a visually interesting design and a tangibly interesting feel.  Mixed texture rugs are created by using two or more different construction methods or materials. This Safavieh rug from the Shag 600 Collection is an example of mixed textures.

Though it is hand tufted from 100% wool, its fibers have been processed in different ways. Some fibers were left loose and breezy while others were twisted and bound together. Because it is made of wool, it is also very durable and soft.  I can see this rug doing very well in a family room or playroom.

3. Super Plush

1550 from Bliss by KAS

Super plush rugs exist on the far end of the rug-spectrum. These rugs are more akin to a pillow or duvet than they are to their floor-bound bretheren. These are the softest and comfiest rugs anyone has to offer.

The Kas Bliss Collection is one of the softest we have ever touched. Made from acrylic and polypropylene, these rugs won’t shed nearly as much as a wool rug but they will be even softer.  These rugs are mid-range with a pile height of one inch but they are super plush and just perfect for the bare feet in a bedroom, or for sitting with the kids on the family room floor.

4. Berber

4909 from Berber by Abacasa

Berber is a term that relates to the weave of a material, not the material itself. It can be constructed from many different materials. It is processed with a loop pile construction type that gives it a distinctive design.

Berber is often compared to fur. In this case, because the Berber Collection by Abacasa is made of 100% New Zealand Wool, that is not a leap at all. These rugs are sure to add lots of comfort and hominess to any space.

5. Leather Shag

LSG511M from Leather Shag by Safavieh

This construction has a particularly unique texture and appearance. Leather shag rugs are hand knotted which means each strip of dyed leather is tied by hand to a sturdy cotton backing. These rugs can be any color and often are multiple colors.

One thing to keep in mind when looking at purchasing a leather shag rug is that it might be difficult to vacuum even without a beater bar. I would try taking it outside and lightly beat it with a broom before vacuuming it using an extension hose.

 6. Synthetic Shag

WHI-1001 from Whisper by Surya

Synthetic fibers can be manipulated to look and feel different than natural materials like wool or cotton. The Whisper Collection by Surya is hand woven from 100% polyester.  As you can see, the threads are much thinner and almost look like hair.

These rugs are often a bit thinner than wool rugs but shed much less.

Synthetic fibers often create a sheen that can’t be replicated by natural fibers.

VIV-817 from Vivid by Surya

This rug from the Vivid Collection can demonstrate how brightly colored synthetic fibers can be.  The bright pink seen above exemplifies the sheen and varying hues that can be found in these materials that hold dye like no other rug.

7. Faux Stone

STO-23300 from Stone by Chandra

The Chandra Stone rugs are a very interesting line. They give the impression of a group of stones on the ground but feel great to walk across. The pile height for these rugs is on the larger size at two inches, but the dense pile is not necessarily “shaggy”.

These rugs are hand woven from New Zealand wool and perfect for a room that implements minimalism and neutral tones.

8. Long Shag

MON-20400 from Montaro by Chandra One more example made with felted wool. The Montaro Collection has a four-inch pile height and these chunky, luxurious pieces fall every which way. This creates a devil-may-care appearance that would fit in wonderfully with an eclectic style. The wool is extremely durable and this rug will last for years to come.

These examples of shag rugs tend to make people forget about the tacky carpet that used to decorate many houses.  Shop our collection of shag rugs today!

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  1. Thanks for your blog. I love that mixed-textured Abacasa rug. I was wondering if you can tell me where I can find it. Thanks !

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