Single backed area rugs only need a small amount of latex to keep them bonded while secondary backing rugs need more latex to secure the backing material. If the rug maker uses synthetic latex for bonding, your nose will be happy. It will only have a new rug smell for a short period of time. If your rug maker uses a lot of real latex to secure a secondary backing, it will most likely stink of burnt rubber for years to come. Especially when the weather gets hot. Most noses and eyes are sensitive to real latex in larger doses. If you have chemical sensitivities, stick to single backed area rugs that dont use heavy applications of synthetic latex.
Although cotton or jute backing is preferred, many rugs are manufactured with a secondary backing. I prefer rugs that are woven without the secondary backing. Because you can tell if it is a good quality rug when you can detect the pattern of the rug while looking at it from the back. Whether a rug is machine-made or hand-knotted it has to be woven into something. Cotton or jute is preferred, but polypropylene mesh is fine when used in the backing of a rug (but never the face fiber). However; some rugs need that secondary backing to add density and weight. Also consider how the are rug is bonded.
Remember, the rug should extend about an extra 32 inches past a dining table to accommodate pulling out chairs. When being placed in other spaces they should meet the furnishings in some way. It is a great idea to find a common color in your rug and pull it out using things like vases, throw pillows, wall hangings and other elements. This ties the room together.
While you could choose to invest in a typical area rug, a better idea may be to choose a more unique and natural option. A cowhide rug is an exceptional and all-natural choice that can be used to improve your home décor in fabulous ways. After exploring the benefits of cowhide rugs for your home, you will see why this is a great option to consider. Some area rugs are delicate, and they will easily show signs of wear and tear in a high-traffic room in your home. This can detract from the value you receive from your initial investment, and it can make your home look worn in a short period of time. Cowhide is a long-lasting, durable material, and it is ideal for high traffic areas of the home.
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