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The various rug category contains rugs that are made with a blend of fibers. Fibers may be blended to reduce costs, improve durability, enhance beauty, or allow dye applications.
Wool is a common fiber that is blended with other fibers in rugs. Wool is arguably the ideal fiber for rugs, but it can also be very expensive. In order to get the softness and durability of a wool rug without the high price, many rug manufacturers blend wool with other fibers like cotton or nylon.
Sometimes, fibers are blended to strengthen more brittle synthetic fibers. Olefin, for instance, is easily cleaned and holds its color well, but the fibers cannot withstand heavy foot traffic. To mitigate this drawback, olefin is often blended with stronger, synthetic fibers like nylon or it is blended with natural fibers to raise the rug’s quality.