6 Best Hallway Rug Materials

Natural Cindy Rug from Kona Sisal and Jute by NuLoom

When selecting the perfect hallway rug, there are many different factors you’ll want to consider. One of the most important being the materialChoosing the right material for your hallway rug is about a lot more than just looks. In order to find the perfect material, you will need to consider how much traffic the area will receive, how you plan to use the space, and how much softness and coziness you desire. You will also want to consider things like your budget, stain-resistance levels, and the type of care the rug will require.

While all this may seem like a lot, luckily, choosing a rug material is a lot easier than choosing the color or style. While there are endless options for colors and styles, rug materials are a bit more limited.  What are the different choices out there for hallway rugs? Read on to learn about the best hallway rug materials.

1. Wool

Hand Loomed Trellis Tassel Jinny Rug from Prairie by NuLoom

Wool is an extremely durable material, making it an absolute no-brainer for a hallway rug. Better yet, wool is also an extremely soft material, making it great for those who love a rug that they can really sink their feet into. If you are placing your rug in a hallway that receives a lot of traffic, then wool is one of the best choices. This is because wool is also extremely water and stain resistant. If you have little ones or pets running around, wool will be able to stand up to all their steps and spills.

Wool also dyes extremely easily, making it a great option for those who want to experiment with a wide variety of colors. And, wool is also very easy to maintain. Vacuuming it every couple of weeks without a beater bar will keep it looking fresh.

However, with all the benefits that come with wool, there are a couple downsides. Even though wool is water repellent, it does absorb humidity at a faster rate than other materials. Also, if your hallway receives a lot of sunlight, wool may not be the best material, as its colors can fade in the sun. And, it is also prone to shedding. But, for hallways that aren’t in the path of direct sunlight and that aren’t humid, wool is the perfect material.

2. Cotton

MTK975C from Montauk .25 by Safavieh

Harvested from cotton plants, cotton is a soft material that also dyes very easily. Because of its flat weaves, it is also able to hold up to a high amount of foot traffic. Perhaps the best part of cotton, however, is that it is extremely easy to clean. While many other rug materials need to be professionally cleaned after serious amounts of wear and tear, cotton hallway rugs can simply be placed in the laundry machine.

And, let’s not forget that cotton is perhaps the most affordable option for a hallway rug. For those who like the look and feel of wool but want a cheaper price tag, cotton is an excellent alternative.

The only big issue with cotton is that it does not wear well over time. Therefore, cotton rugs are a great solution for those who are fine changing their rugs out every few years or so (depending on traffic levels).

3. Silk

SLK11 from Silken Allure by Nourison

When many people think of silk, they think of elegant ball gowns. However, silk is also one of the best materials you can choose for a hallway rug.

Silk is actually a natural fiber that is produced from silkworms. Just like silk ball gowns, silk rugs have a luxurious and lustrous look and feel to them. Silk’s softness is unparalleled, and it is also a material that is very easy to dye, making it a very versatile rug option.

Silk has a highly decorative look to it, making it a great material for those who want to add some life to an otherwise dim hallway.

However, silk is also extremely delicate and is therefore best-suited for low-traffic areas in the home. It is also rather sensitive to moisture and footprints can easily show on the material. In order to clean silk, you will need to take it into a professional.

If you love the luxury that silk provides but don’t like its delicacy, consider purchasing a hallway rug made of mixed fibers. Many people purchase hallway rugs made of silk and wool in order to enjoy both luxury and durability.

4. Nylon

AZT203C from Aztec by Safavieh

While wool, cotton, and silk are all natural-made rug materials, nylon is synthetically-made. Many people think “synthetic” and they think “low-quality”. However, this is not the case, as nylon is one of the highest quality rug materials available. Because it is synthetic, nylon can be customized into all different types of colors, sizes, styles, and patterns to fit the needs of your hallway.

Nylon is composed of extremely strong and durable fibers that also have a soft sheen to them. It’s also very resistant to dirt and crumbs, and you can clean it very easily. However, nylon does have a couple of downsides to it. It is often acidic dyed, which means that it is prone to fading after a few years. It is also not as soft as natural fibers, and it doesn’t always have a luxurious feel to it.

But, for those looking for an affordable rug material that can be placed in high-traffic, sunny areas, nylon is your answer.

5. Jute and Sisal

Natural Cindy Rug from Kona Sisal and Jute by NuLoom

For those who love all of the benefits that wool rugs provide, but can’t purchase wool due to allergies, then jute and sisal are the rug materials for you.

Jute and sisal are composed of natural grasses and other fibers that combine to create a durable, rich texture. Jute and sisal are also earthy and neutral toned, so this is especially great for design chameleons who want the option to change up the design of their hallway without having to buy a new rug.

The coarse texture of jute and sisal is great for casual settings and areas of the home that receive medium-level traffic.

Jute and sisal can be susceptible to staining, so if a spill occurs, you will need to clean the material immediately. Also, for those who love the feeling of their feet sinking into a rug, jute and sisal are not the best options, as they always have a coarse feel to them.

6. Polyester

Hand Tufted Sheilah from Alley by NuLoom

For those looking for an inexpensive alternative to natural fibers, polyester is an excellent choice. Polyester is a great rug material for highly-trafficked areas, as it is extremely durable and fade resistant. And, unlike many other rug materials, polyester rugs hardly ever need to be professionally cleaned. Some simple spot cleaning and vacuuming will keep this rug material looking its best for years to come.

This is also a great material for those who have a hallway that gets a lot of sunlight, as polyester can handle both sun exposure and moisture. It has a very soft feel to it, however, this rug can be rather slippery, so you will definitely want to pair it with a rug pad. Unlike many other materials on this list, polyester is not an easy fabric to dye. Therefore, your color options will be much more limited.

Lastly, if you are at all worried about spilling oil-containing substances on your rug, then polyester is not the material for you. Polyester is not at all oil resistant so any substances containing oil that spill on the rug will leave a permanent stain.

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  1. These hallway rugs are an amazing inspiration. My wife and I just moved out to a new apartment and we really needed some ideas on hallway rugs, these rug styles and materials are definitely being considered by both of us. Thank you for publishing such an amazing list here.

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