Five Most Flexible Rug Materials

Tracy Moroccan Tassel Rug from Majesty by NuLoom

When you buy an area rug, you want it to be as flexible as possible. Of course, pattern and color are important as is durability, but flexibility is vital. If you love to redecorate to give rooms a fresh look, having a flexible rug that works in a variety of situations is a huge plus.

Beyond style, every room in your house has a different purpose and level of foot-traffic. Some rug materials and construction methods are really only adaptable to one situation. To help you select the most versatile rug, we have the five most flexible rug materials.


VRN-1012 from Vernier by Surya

The best rugs boast style, comfort, and durability. Wool rugs offer all of those characteristics and are versatile as well. Fashioned from sturdy fibers, wool rugs work well in high-traffic areas like living rooms, hallways, foyers and even mudrooms because wool rugs are naturally stain-resistant, making them kid and pet-friendly. Since wool rugs deliver flexibility, the rug material can easily transition into a bedroom whether it’s a master, guest or child’s room.

The only drawback to a multi-faceted wool rug is the price tag and the fact that wool rugs are prone to fading. Avoid placing a wool rug where it will be in direct contact with sunlight for the majority of the day. Periodically rotating a wool rug helps to deter fading too. Since wool rugs can be more of an investment than other rug materials, be sure to help its longevity by utilizing a rug pad.


Hand Loomed Rosa Tassel Rug from Halette by NuLoom

Like wool, cotton is a natural fiber that is extremely adaptable. Cotton rugs do not repel stains, but the material is still an excellent pick for pretty much any room in the house. The fiber is still an ideal choice for homes with children and four-legged inhabitants because cotton rugs are typically machine-washable. Cotton rugs are also lightweight and easy to move whether you are packing to relocate or simply changing up the decor.

Soft to the touch, cotton rugs are inviting and fashion-forward, coming in a diverse selection of sizes, colors and piles that fit in a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room and more. Another advantage to cotton rugs is its budget-friendly price tag. While cotton rugs may not boast the longevity of a wool rug, its ability to pop into the washing machine makes it a perfect pick for today’s busy, on-the-go households.


HAP-1092 from Harput by Surya

What’s not to like about polypropylene rugs? This synthetic fiber is stain, moisture and mildew-resistant. It is the definition of versatile when it comes to rug materials because polypropylene rugs can be utilized in an indoor or outdoor space. Use it in high or low traffic areas. Polyprophylene rugs can stand up to the wear and tear kids and pet dish out all while looking vogue. Since moisture isn’t an issue, polyprophylene rugs can go from the bedroom to the bathroom or even the kitchen and mudroom without much effort.

You can even send a favorite polyprophylene rug that’s been phased out for a different design off to college to jazz up a dorm room. Like cotton rugs, polyprophylene rugs aren’t cumbersome and can be moved without much effort. While a polyprophylene rug doesn’t have the ultra-soft feel of wool, they are comfortable, smart and affordable, coming in a multitude of hues and designs.


CAP207B from Cape Cod by Safavieh

If you are in the market for a flexible rug fashioned from a natural fiber that provides an earthy feel, go with jute. Jute rugs are fashioned from plant fiber and are often hand crafted. Since they are a natural fiber, this adaptable rug material is totally environmentally friendly and will instantly add texture and style to a room. Jute rugs are an excellent pick for pretty much any spot in the house except for moisture-prone areas like the bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen.

Unlike synthetic fibers and some natural fibers, jute rugs are prone to developing mold and mildew when exposed to a lot of moisture. Jute rugs are low maintenance and come with an affordable price tag. Another characteristic of jute rugs that highlights its versatility are the material’s hues. Jute rugs come from all-natural fibers and feature predominantly neutral tones that work in contemporary or traditional decor.


Tracy Moroccan Tassel Rug from Majesty by NuLoom

If you are in the market for a multipurpose rug manufactured to last, take a long look at nylon rugs. Nylon is a synthetic fabric that was developed to be a budget-friendly option for the pricier and less durable silk rugs. Made to go the distance, nylon rugs can work in any room in the home from the bathroom to the bedroom. Parents and pet owners will appreciate the low maintenance of nylon rugs as well as its fashionable design options.

Nylon also delivers an inviting feel, which some synthetic rugs do not have. Since nylon rugs were patterned after silk, the style choices are sophisticated and fun. Like polypropylene rugs, nylon rugs are ideal for both high and low traffic areas all while being mold, mildew and fade resistant, giving you the flexibility you desire in a rug.

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