At Bazaar Velvet we like to think that we are a very good bridge between traditional and contemporary. We feel that modern technology is great- it helps us to design our stunning rugs, but it is not always the answer. For centuries master weavers have been weaving some of the most beautiful rugs that the world has ever seen, and doing so by hand, from wool. Every rug was created individually, and was therefore individual. Today, many businesses do things differently, placing cost over quality. Rugs are often made in batches, many by machine, each one identical to the last. These rugs are often made of a whole array of cheaper materials, many of which compromise quality.
Here are a few different types of rug materials, compared. Hopefully this explains why we prefer to keep to wool!
When we think of wool we tend to think of sheared sheep. However, wool actually comes from a variety of different sources, including cashmere, which is harvested from goats in India, as well as alpaca wool, which comes from the extracted hair of camels in Turkey. Wool is the traditional material used to build rugs. It is naturally flame resilient, insulating, comfortable underfoot and resilient. A good wool rug that is cared for well can last for tens, if not hundreds of years.
Polyester is a strong, slinky and durable material that is able to resist creasing, as well as all sorts of spillages. The synthetic fiber of polyester feels luxurious to the touch and provides a soft surface area. A downside of the material is that polyester rugs are more susceptible to wear and tear than most. Polyester looks its best when new, and for this reason your polyester rug may only be a good short-term choice of furnishing.
Rayon is a manufactured material that is both malleable and strong. As the material is easy to dye, rayon rugs often come in an array of vibrant colours. This ‘artificial silk’ is strong and durable and often cheaper than similar natural materials, such as silk or linen. However, it is recommended that you don’t spill any liquids on your rayon rug, as the material is deeply absorbent and loses much of its strength when wet. Due to this, it is recommended that you refrain from regularly washing your rayon rug.