Know what room you want it to be positioned so as to know a rug's function; whether it stands as a mere floor covering or a wall décor. Pondering on a rug's function will allow you to consider the material of the rug. For rooms with heavy foot traffic like living rooms and dining areas, choose a rug that is made with fibers that are resilient to dirt and stains; specifically natural fibers like wool. If you wish to use an area rug as a wall décor (like tapestries), choose rugs made of natural silk; since silk tends to last better than other natural materials because of its delicate and lustrous quality.
Dining Room Rugs. When selecting dining room area rugs, many people purchase rugs that are actually too small for this purpose. While some rug buyers focus primarily on the relationship of the size of the rug to the size of the dining room table, the space required for the chairs when they are in use is often overlooked. For example, if your rug expands only to the back legs of your dining room chairs when they are pushed in under the table, this might look lovely when the dining room is not in use, but it will become an issue when hosting a dinner party, or even simply having your nightly family meal.
The fine wool rug is more often seen as wall to wall carpeting, but is also the main component of oriental rugs. The beauty and quality of oriental rugs is matchless, but they can be very expensive to own. Discount area rugs are sometimes made of other materials, such as hemp or cotton, but these are commonly used for a specialized purpose such as kitchen rugs or bathroom rugs.