ISLAND FLOORS & RUGS, Ltd. has been producing custom border and seagrass rugs since 1979. We have maintained a fully functioning area rug workshop in Pawleys Island, SC since 1984. We offer design, materials, assembly, repair and cleaning. The locals choice for "Designedly Different", unique area rugs, runners and stairs.
Materials used in making area rugs can be derived from many single or blended natural and synthetic fibers. Fibers are chosen for durability, appearance, ease of manufacture, and cost. The most important yarn constructions are:
Wool & wool blended with synthetic fibers:
Wool has excellent durability, can be dyed easily and is fairly abundant. When blended with synthetic fibers such as nylon the durability of wool is increased. Blended wool yarns are extensively used in production of modern carpet. Wool is relatively expensive.
This is the most popular synthetic fiber used in carpet production. As nylon is petroleum-based it varies in price with the price of oil.
Berber carpets with smaller loops tend to be more resilient and retain their new appearance longer than large looped Berber styles.
After the price of raw materials for many types of carpet rose in the early 2000s, polyester became more competitive. Polyester has good physical properties and is inherently stain-resistant because it is hydrophobic, and, unlike nylon, does not have dye sites.