Initially, many people think that shopping for a new rug is very simple to do, but when you’ll realize just how many varieties in terms of colors and patterns are there, you’re going to see that buying a new rug is a bit more complicated than what you had in mind.

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Rugs are available in a wide range of colors and on top of that, there are hundreds of patters and designs you can choose from.

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Therefore, before you decide on these features, you need to learn more about the various types of rugs out there and how they differ from one another.

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Braided Rugs

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Most of the times, you’ll find braided rugs to come in round and oval shapes and what makes them a great choice is their lack of backing which means they’re reversible. Therefore, if you stained it on one side, just flip it over and you got a carpet that looks brand new.

These rugs are made by braining strips of fabric together, whereas the fabric can range from wool to cotton and vary in thickness. So what decor can they perfectly complement? Well, in general you’ll find they work perfectly with traditional and country decor.

Persian Rugs

Persian rugs are handmade in Iran and not only are they a large part of the country’s culture, but they’re also exported a lot.

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Ever since they started being exported though, a lot of knockoffs started to appear on the market, since there’s a large demand for these types of rugs. As for what they’re made of, it’s usually cotton or wool that are woven by hand or machine. Design wise, it’s very elaborate, featuring a central piece and other smaller designs that border the rug.

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Flokati Rugs

Never heard of Flokati rugs?

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Well, they are traditional hand woven wool rugs made in Greece which look absolutely amazing. One thing that makes them special is the fact that they are placed in a whirlpool bath to soak which in turn will make the piles swell up. You can get them in a wide range of grades depending on their weight and most of the times, they feature a synthetic backing.

flokati-rugsTherefore, if you want to achieve a Mediterranean or contemporary decor, these rugs are a vital part of it that must not be overlooked.

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Sisal Rugs

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The Sisal rugs are made from a special cactus plant and since they’re very strong and stain resistant, they are mostly used in high traffic areas. On the other hand, these rugs do show water stains, so it’s not a good idea to use them in a bath or kitchen.

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Oriental Rugs

While they’re usually made in China, “oriental rugs” is a more general term that includes rugs from Romania, Turkey, India and Persia.

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These rugs are either hand knotted or hand woven and even though they can be made by machine, they aren’t referred to as being authentic oriental rugs. But if you want something special, then you’d better take a closer look at oriental rugs made of silk.

Contemporary Rugs

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You should know that the word “temporary” here refers to the rug’s appearance and not to the way it’s made. Since they feature bright patterns and colors, they generally look like artwork for the floor and are widely used in modern and contemporary homes. As you’d expect, they vary a lot in size and shape and if they’re too expensive for your budget, then you can go with the more affordable machine made rugs that use olefin and acrylic.