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Area rugs serve to add style and splashes of color to a room. They are mobile and movable easily from one room to another. They come in a variety of colors, patterns, materials, and sizes. They serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. Staples carries a wide selection of rugs in varying styles like modern, oriental, Persian, and multicolored designs. Browse the wide selection of rugs in the office decor, homewares, and appliances section

Synthetic or natural fibers
Area rugs come in a variety of materials that fall into two categories. These are natural and synthetic fibers. Natural fibers are durable and eco-friendly. They include materials like silk, wool, sisal, jute, or cotton. Wool is a versatile fiber that dyes easily, allowing for a wide variety of color options. Due to the dense fibers, wool area rugs have slow absorption properties, allowing for quick clean up. Cotton area rugs are machine washable and fairly durable. They're easy to dye and come in a variety of color options. Jute and sisal are long-lasting fibers; they absorb liquid quickly and are coarse to the touch. Synthetic fibers include materials such as nylon, olefin, and polyester. They all carry a variety of advantages. For example, polypropylene or olefin is soft, stain-resistant, and durable. Due to its moisture repellent nature, it's ideal for outdoor settings. 

Different weave designs
Area rugs come in a variety of designs for different purposes. Detailed designs, such as needlepoint, allow for intricate designs. They're delicate and serve best as decorative pieces. Shag designs come with long threads in pile weaves. They're soft to the touch and best for low-traffic areas. Cut-and-loop designs include low-loop piles and high-cut piles. They create compact designs and effectively hide dirt from footprints in high-traffic areas like living rooms. Flatweave rugs contain materials like wool, cotton, and jute. They come in reversible designs that allow use from any end and side. 

Different sizes and shapes
Area rugs come in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit various locations. Hallway runners come with a narrow width and different-sized lengths. Doormats allow users to clean their feet, and outdoor rugs are weather-resistant and heavy-duty. Bathroom mats are absorbent, sturdy rugs placed next to showers and tubs. Some unique area rugs, such as kids' rugs, come in interactive designs, patterns, and colors to encourage play.

Do area rugs have unique features?
Some models serve as multi-surface pads. They are nonslip, double-sided, and offer cushioning underneath a variety of rugs. They protect the floor from any markings, stains, or discoloration and increase the longevity of the rug.

Do area rugs shed?
Different fibers come with a variety of advantages and disadvantages. For example, wool fiber is naturally thicker than most and consequently more prone to shedding or pilling. Flat weave techniques remedy this problem.

What about cleaning area rugs?
Wiping off with a wet washcloth is sometimes sufficient to effectively clean an area rug depending on the material, design, and fiber. Materials like cotton are ideal for machine washing.