Pick the Right Rug Padding

Rug padDoes My Rug Need Padding?

Yes, all rugs need padding. Whether your rug is on wood floors, vinyl, or carpet, when you walk on your rug, you do not want to move the foundation of it. Installing a pad underneath your rug helps the rug not to move, and it helps preserve the quality of the knots in your rug too.

When a rug is installed without a pad, its shape will distort over time. Your rug will lose its shape, be it rectangular or round, simply from being shifted and moved frequently. Padding will prevent this, and it will help to extend the life of your rug. In addition, a rug that is no longer perfectly shaped will lose some of its value.

When you walk on a rug with a pad installed, it feels softer and more comfortable under your feet. You also won’t have to worry about your rug slipping underneath you and causing an accident, and yes, this CAN happen on carpeted floors, too.

Because it absorbs some impact from furniture and foot traffic, padding can increase the life of your rug by as much as 40%. The most absorbent type of padding is felt. However, the placement, construction, and your personal preferences are what will help you decide which padding is best for your rug.

What Kind of Padding Do I Need?

Rug pad materials perform differently based on the material of the rug. Ask us to help you pick the right pad material for your rug. Our certified rug care specialists can give advice and input so that you choose the best padding for your situation. We will also cut the pad to the shape of your rug.

For many years, hair and jute based pads were the only varieties available. Felt pads are newer, and we recommend this material for most types of rugs. Felt is made of recycled, synthetic materials. Moths will not eat these fibers, and the synthetic fibers of felt are longer lasting than the hair and jute fibers.

The firmness and stability of synthetic felt also give it the advantage of being able to eliminate any ripples and bumps that can cause uneven wear when a rug lies on the floor without a pad. To be truly effective, a half inch thick pad is needed.

Unfortunately, felt pads can still slip underneath smaller rugs, even if the pad is dense. For smaller rugs, we recommend purchasing rubber padding. Be careful not to mix rubber pads with sponge or foam pads.

We do not recommend sponge or foam padding, as they are too soft and can bottom out- stressing the foundation of Persian and Oriental rugs. This is especially applicable to thin, finely woven rugs, flat weaves, or antique rugs. Sponge and foam pads can disintegrate and even stick to wood floors. If you have an antique rug, it is especially important you choose the proper padding to maintain the condition it is already in after 80 to 100 years of life.

One of the best types of rug pad on the market is a fourth-inch thick synthetic felt bonded to a thin, solid rubber backing. This type of pad can serve two purpose. First, it is excellent at anchoring the rug to your floor, preventing slipping.

Second, its felt layer helps to extend the life of your rug. As previously mentioned, a rug without a pad can slide around and cause serious falls and injuries. This type of padding is recommended for all scatter rugs and area rugs that do not have a thick foundation, such as antique rugs, needlepoint, Aubusson tapestries, and flat weaves.

Another benefit of this type of pad is that it can also be used on thick rugs. It is thinner than synthetic felt and will not add on to the thickness of your rug. You can even place this padding on top of carpet. It eliminates rippling, buckling, and adjusting, even on wall to wall carpeted areas.

If you have a rug in need of padding, call us at 972-733-0400. Our specialists will make sure you are informed of your options, their benefits and drawbacks, as well as the price. Rug padding is generally a very small investment that makes a big impact on the longevity and safety of the rug in your home.

Rubber or Vinyl & Felt
Rubber padding on the Left and “Black” padding on the right with vinyl and felt.

Decorating with Persian Rugs

Interior Design with Persian Rugs

Book corner with rugIf you are considering the purchase of a Persian or Oriental rug, or already own one, you may be unsure how best to present it in your home. How can you decorate with this type of rug? There are many ways! Here are just a few ideas.

  1. Lay the rug over other carpeting.

Even if you have wall-to-wall carpeting, you can put your Persian rug on top of it. Your rug can add more color or a certain atmosphere to a room by placing it on top of another rug. If so, it is best to put the Persian rug on a broadloom carpet with a short pile because if the pile is too long, the rug could move over time.

  1. Entrance areas, next to a bed, under a dresser. There are many spots to place your Oriental rug.

Smaller Oriental rugs can be used effectively in a number of places around the house. By smaller, we are referring to a 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 foot rug or even small runners. These rugs work well throughout the house, particularly in places such as entrance areas, next to a bed, at the foot of the bed, in front of a dresser, in front of a few pieces of furniture that are grouped together, as a wall hanging, before a fireplace, even draped over a dining room table when you are not eating or as a tablecloth.

In fact, draping an Oriental rug over a table has a long and distinguished tradition – when Europeans began importing these rugs, they were commonly placed on tables, not floors.  Wide runners look good on walls in places such as alcoves and entrance areas.

Don’t forget the bathroom. Small runners placed in front of the sink work well.

When placing your rug, you also need to take into account the age, condition, and kind of rug. For example, delicate rugs would not be suitable for areas where there is a lot of foot traffic. Here, a heavier type of rug, one made with wool that has been spun by hand and colored with vegetable dyes, would work well.

  1. Oriental and Persian rugs work with a wide variety of colors.

You might be concerned about how your rug will fit with the colors of a particular room, but you need not be. The colors of the rug really do not have to match the hue of the room. Because the rug itself may have anywhere from two to fifteen colors in it, it adapts well to many different styles and shades of color. What you need to focus on is the overall look of the room with the rug in it.

We’ve placed many of our Oriental and Persian rugs in Dallas-area homes. If you’re wondering if a particular rug will work in a specific room in your home, take a photo of the room and show it to us here at our Behnam Rugs showroom and we’ll be happy to give your placement tips. Call for more information at 972-733-0400.