Carpet fibers, the material from which the yarns are made, are the foundation of a rug and will be the most crucial decision you make because they affect appearance, performance, and longevity. While both natural and manufactured ones are good, your decision will ultimately determine how much you value specific characteristics.

Both natural and synthetic fibers are durable and, depending on the floor covering style, both are also soft.

About natural fibers

These are harvested from nature, such as plants and animal fur. While there are many natural materials, only some, such as wool, are appropriate for use in carpeting. Although wool has superior soil resistance because of the natural oils and tiny scales that repel dirt, it is highly absorbent, so spills should be wiped immediately.

Other natural fibers include sisal, cotton, seagrass, jute, silk, and coir. These are more often made into area rugs because they’re either too weak or rough to be used in carpet.

One of the most significant benefits is that, since natural fibers are made from sustainable materials, they are more eco-friendly, possibly appealing to those concerned about the environment.

About synthetics

These are machine-made, with the manufacturing process including chemicals, and they represent the vast majority of carpets currently sold. The most typical synthetics are nylon, polyester, olefin (polypropylene), and triexta.

Many often consider synthetic fibers a practical choice, especially for large families with kids and pets. They are more stain-resistant and easier to keep clean than wool, which requires special cleaners trained in working with this fiber type and products; synthetics only need a spot treatment product and periodic deep steam cleaning.

We hope to see you in our carpet store, where you'll find both natural and synthetic fibers and rugs in many colors and styles from brands like Godfrey Hirst, Dixie Home, Decorative Concepts, and more.

At the Shorely Home showroom in Cambridge, MD, we have it all with a professional board that offers a vast amount of professional knowledge, whether your project is residential or commercial. So if you live or work in Easton, Federalsburg, Hurlock, Saint Michaels, East New Market, Secretary, Denton, Salisbury, or Trappe, be sure to see us and explore, learn and get a free quote.