Types Of Fibers

The fiber used to weave a Rug affects the end look and feel of the finished product. It also impacts the durability of a rug.

  • Wool (Natural Fiber)- Wool (Natural Fiber)- Wool is the most popular of natural fibers. Wool is exceptionally suited to being used as a carpet fiber. Wool carpets are resistant to combustion, water, dirt and stains, thus easier to maintain. Most high quality wool is strong and durable while still soft to touch.

  • Silk (Natural Fiber)- Silk (Natural Fiber)- It is a protein fiber obtained by unreeling the cocoons of varies silkworms. Silk rugs give natural shine and have an elegant finish.

  • Cotton (Natural Fiber) – Cotton is a versatile fiber obtained from the seed of the cotton plant. Cotton rugs are relatively inexpensive. Cotton takes color very well, so rugs can be bolder and brighter.

  • Jute (Natural Fiber)- Jute is a fiber that is derived from Natural plant stems. Jute have a soft texture with a wavy sheen to them which makes it great for those that like to walk barefoot around the house. Jute is gaining popularity as a natural fiber floor covering and its depth of texture makes it great for rugs.

  • Viscose/Art silk/Rayon- These man made fibers are created from plant material. They are soft to touch and easy to dye and have great lusture.

  • Acrylic- Acrylic is a synthetic fiber made from acrylonitrile, a clear plastic. Acrylic rugs became popular in 1960’s. The fiber, also known as Art Wool, was seen as a wool substitute. Acrylic gives you a look of wool at a lower cost.

  • Nylon- Nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles- from sumptuous plush to fashion-forward patterns to low-maintenance loop (Berber). It is the strongest fiber, making it excellent choice for heavy traffic areas, active households or commercial facilities.

  • Polyester- Polyester rugs are exceptionally stain and fade-resistant. They are soft and budget friendly and can be used for both indoor & outdoor rugs.

  • Lyocel- These man made fibers are created from plant material. They are soft to touch and easy to dye and have great lusture.

  • Felt-These man made fibers are created from plant material. They are soft to touch and easy to dye and have great lusture.

  • Chaneel-These man made fibers are created from plant material. They are soft to touch and easy to dye and have great lusture.

  • Wool/Viscose blended-These man made fibers are created from plant material. They are soft to touch and easy to dye and have great lusture.
  • These man made fibers are created from plant material. They are soft to touch and easy to dye and have great lusture.
  • Polypropylene-Polypropylene, also called olefin, is the fastest growing fiber segment in use today. It is a relatively inexpensive fiber, which is easily extruded by most carpet manufacturers. There are very few, true branded olefins available other than those brands registered by carpet manufacturers. Olefin makes up about 30 % of the fiber used in U.S. carpet manufacturing today. Its strengths include superior stain resistance, with the exception of oil-based stains, and low cost. It is a solution-dyed product, which means color is added during extrusion in its molten state rather than topically applied.

  • Sorona-If you want a carpet that is durable, soft and resist stains, Sorona® may be the fiber you are looking for. Sorona has permanent stain resistance that is engineered into the fiber and will never wear or wash off. But remember, no carpet is completely stain proof.