What are the different types of rugs available?
The stress that comes from shopping for a rug is simply because we are overwhelmed with choice. So, figuring out the different types of rugs that are available on the market is a good place to start.
Hand tufted rugs
These rugs are generally crafted from wool. The wool yarn is threaded into a mechanized hand-held machine, also known as a tufting gun, and the yarn is then transferred onto a stretched canvas. Due to its handmade nature, tufted rugs can come in various shapes and sizes and are customisable to suit your space.
Perfect for coastal homes and interiors - jute or bamboo rugs add a natural touch to any space at a reasonable price point. Made from fibres from jute plants or bamboo, these rugs are known to be durable and provide a unique texture. Plus, due to its natural fibres, it makes it an excellent option for pet owners.
Wool rugs are a popular option and is widely used in the rug market, meaning finding one that suits your space and taste is easier than other rug types. With proper maintenance, a wool rug is extremely long-lasting. However, it is important to note that wool is quite absorbent, so if you live in damper areas, you might want to avoid a wool rug for this reason.
Leather, hide or sheepskin rugs
Crafted from the hides of animals, these rugs come in different shapes and sizes. Suited for smaller areas and a great choice for those who love to layer their rugs. Plus, there are plenty of faux options available in Australia too.
The best rugs to buy in Australia
So, if you’re excited to bring your space together with none other than a trusty rug, we’ve rounded the best area rugs to buy with durability, quality and affordability in mind.
This 100% natural jute round rug by Aura Home is hand-braided to perfection, and is designed to become a centrepiece of any living area. Each rug is unique, so you’ll be sure to have a one-of-a-kind rug to perch your coffee table on.
Another great jute option from Aura Home is this handwoven herringbone patterned rug. Made with natural dyes, add this rug underneath your dining table for a touch of coastal chic.
Looking for a pop of colour? Then look no further than this adorable, colourful and round felt ball rug from Hardtofind. Perfect for a kid’s playroom or a reading nook, it’s bound to add a bit of fun to any space.
If you’re a pet owner, then there are a few extra variables you’re considering when purchasing a rug. This rug from Miss Amara is pet-friendly, stain resistant and easy to care for. Featuring 10mm pile of hard-wearing and stain-resistant polypropylene fibres, this rug is ideal for high-traffic zones, kid and pet-friendly homes.
Effortless luxury defines this alluring area rug from Hardtofind. In a calming blue hue, simply add this rug to a bedroom for the perfect accent piece.
Want to feel like you’re walking on clouds? This gorgeous Australian sheepskin rug by Home Republic is here to make a statement. In a deep olive hue and incredibly soft texture, it's perfect next to your bed, couch or propped next to an occasional chair.
A minimalist’s dream. The Lorenzo area rug is characterised by its unique and organic linear pattern that will fit seamlessly in any contemporary home. Plus, its tufted construction provides extra warmth for chilly nights.
If the task of washing a rug deters you from buying the rug of your dreams, then you’ll want to consider the Natalya rug from Miss Amara. This rug is washable and foldable, stain-resistant and pet-friendly – does it get any better than that? In stunning warm hues, this rug will look right at home in any modern or boho home.
Made in Brazil, this Heim & Co cowhide rug will add country charm to whichever room you decide to place it in. Layer it atop a round jute rug for a textural explosion.
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Lead photo: Aura Home