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The Best Type of Rugs for Your Space

Rugs connect us to our space. They complete not only the room, but the way you feel in it. From rich, plush hand-loomed New Zealand wools, to natural hand woven fibers, to durable smart new synthetics, the highest quality materials and construction methods are used throughout the Crate and Barrel rug collection. The result is a sophisticated and livable collection featuring many types of rugs in exclusive designs.

Orange and grey rug

Wool Rugs

There’s nothing like the softness, warmth and color that hand woven or hand tufted wool area rugs can bring to a room. Our collection of rug designs features modern neutrals, traditional designs, artistic graphics and sculpted dimensionals in plush 100% wool. The upkeep is minimal, too. Wool is naturally stain-resistant thanks to natural oils that prevent dirt from adhering to the yarn. And because wool’s a durable fiber that springs back, it’s a practical choice for high-traffic areas.

Blue rug

Construction

Hand-knotted

In a technique that has been handed down from generation to generation, yarn is wrapped and then knotted around each warp thread. Each yarn is then hand-cut and hand-tamped to form tightly constructed knotted carpet rugs. This time and attention to detail by expert craftsmen results in a beautiful rug with a lasting value and presence.

Hand-tufted

With the aid of a tufting tool, yarn is passed through a frame-stretched fabric backing on which a pattern has been drawn. Both cut or looped piles are achieved through this process. The tufted pile rug is backed with latex for stability, then with fabric for a finished look. Skilled tradesmen complete each stage of the process.

Hand-loomed

A variety of looks and textures from luxurious shag rugs to versatile cotton rag rugs are achieved with the use of a loom. A combination of colors and yarn thicknesses is intricately hand-woven to create contemporary or traditional designs. Each step of construction of our woven rugs involves hand-finishing by skilled artisans.

Machine-loomed

An efficient machine-made way to loom a variety of textures at a value. Power-loomed rugs are usually synthetic or fiber and can include cut pile weaves, rib patterns and bouclé weaves.

Care: Wool Rugs

Vacuum regularly. For the first two to three months, additional vacuuming without the beater bar turned on (or with the highest pile setting) may be necessary to manage the normal shedding that occurs. Blot spills immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth. Rugs should not be saturated with cleaning solvents or scrubbed excessively. We suggest using products designed specifically for wool or dry extraction powders.

For best results, periodic professional cleaning is recommended. Shag rugs will continue to shed for their entire life. Loose tufts should be cut, not pulled. Rotate the rug periodically to help reduce uneven wear. Avoid placing rugs in direct sunlight to prevent fading over time. A rug pad is recommended for all rugs. If the intended use is over carpet, a multisurface rug pad is recommended.

Natural Fiber Rugs

Our natural fiber rugs bring an organic look and neutral texture in a flat weave to any setting. They’re a natural choice for adding a casual look to classic living and family rooms, or a relaxed kickback feel to the weekend cottage. Our collection is woven in interesting patterns by craftsmen whose rug weaving skills have been handed down for generations.

Neutral tan rug

Construction

Our fiber rugs are hand-woven or loomed from a variety of all-natural plants and grasses such as jute and sisal. Many of these types of rugs are backed with latex for cushioning and stability, and to extend the life of the rug.

Care: Natural Fiber Rugs

Vacuum regularly. Blot spills immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth. Spot clean with a dry extraction powder. For best results, professional dry extraction cleaning is recommended for these types of rugs. Natural fibers are quite absorbent and can shrink and expand with changes in humidity. They are intended for indoor use only and are not recommended for use in damp or humid areas, such as bathrooms. Keep out of direct sunlight to help prevent fading. Rotate an area rug periodically to help reduce uneven wear. Latex rug backing may interact with uncured hardwood floor finishes. Use rug pad when placing rug over finished hardwood floors or carpeting. A multisurface rug pad is recommended.

Hair-on-Hide Rugs

Our hair-on-hide rugs are handcrafted by skilled artisans to create an elegant, organic and contemporary look with natural texture. This type of rug showcases a sophisticated color palette and is unique.

Hair on hide rugs

Construction

Each rug is constructed from cowhide using a laser cutting technique to create a pattern. Pieces are then stitched together, glued to a cotton-latex backing and finally stitched on all four sides.

Care: Hair-on-Hide Rugs

Vacuum regularly without the beater bar (or highest pile setting) to extend the life of the rug. Rotate periodically for even wear. Professional multisurface rug pad is recommended.

Cotton Rugs

Easy-care cotton rugs offer a quick, inexpensive way to change the look of any room. In an entryway, by a kitchen sink, on a bathroom floor, in the den. They’re so much fun, we introduce new patterns and colors with every season.

Shag rug

Construction

Our soft cotton rugs are handwoven on traditional looms in a variety of flatweave styles, from stripes to patterns.

Care: Cotton Rugs

Most smaller-sized cotton rugs are machine-washable. Larger sizes can be washed in industrial-sized washers or dry cleaned. Avoid placing cotton rugs in direct sunlight to prevent fading over time. A rug pad is recommended for all cotton rugs. If the intended use is over carpeting, a multisurface rug pad is recommended.

Synthetic Rugs

Our machine-woven, synthetic fiber rugs offer value in a new generation of man-made materials that often mimic the look of both natural fiber and wool rugs, while resisting stains, and wear and tear. While synthetics are extremely durable, colorfast and perfect for high-traffic areas, they’re also priced so you can frequently update rooms with new seasonal color and texture. We also feature a collection of indoor-outdoor polypropylene rugs. Machine-loomed for a tight weave, these types of rugs add a sophisticated, interior look to exterior settings—yet are extremely durable and need only to be hosed down to clean. They also make smart choices for the kitchen, mud room, basement or laundry room.

Neutral patterned rugs

Construction

Synthetic floor coverings are constructed from olefin, polyester, acrylic, nylon or a blend of these fibers.

Care: Synthetic Rugs

Indoor Rugs

Vacuum regularly. Blot spills immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth. Spot clean or shampoo with a mild detergent. For best results, periodic professional cleaning is recommended. A rug pad is recommended for all indoor rugs. If the intended use is over carpeting, a multisurface rug pad is recommended.

Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Wash with a mild detergent and rinse with a garden hose.

Rug Pads

Because rugs wear primarily from the back first, we recommend the use of a pad to lengthen the life of your rug, as well as provide stability and cushioning. We offer two protective options, depending on the construction and use of the rug.

Multi-surface rug pad

Multisurface Thin Rug Pad

Double-sided for use over both carpeted and hard-surface floors, this nonslip pad provides a moderate cushioned base for a variety of rug types. Will not stain, discolor or leave marks on flooring. Use the polyester felt side over carpeted surfaces; latex side is for use on hard-surface floors and floors with radiant heating.

Multisurface Thick Rug Pad

Double-sided for use over both carpeted and hard-surface floors, this nonslip pad provides a firm, cushioned base ideal for all rug types, especially hand-tufted and hand-knotted wool rugs. Thicker pad hides irregularities in stone and tile floors, reduces puckering around furniture legs, insulates noise and cold, and makes vacuuming more efficient. Use the polyester felt side over carpeted surfaces; latex side is for use on hard-surface floors and floors with radiant heating.

Construction

Polyester and latex made from post-industrial recycled fibers. Specially treated to prevent bacteria, mold and mildew. Flame retardant. Green Label certified.

Care: Rug Pads

Wipe latex side clean with a damp cloth; vacuum fabric side. Trim for exact fit. Guaranteed for 15 years. For indoor use only.

Cleaning Kit

We recommend an all-natural dry carpet cleaning kit for spot cleaning and for dry extraction cleaning of our fiber, cotton and wool rugs.

Rug cleaner

Rug Swatches

Returnable rug swatches may be purchased from any Crate and Barrel store or online. Now available for just $10.

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