A general name for the raw material, such as cotton, flax, hemp, etc., used in textile manufactures.
A unit of matter, either natural or manmade, that forms the basic element of carpet. The term refers to units that can be spun, plied or air-tangled into a yarn and can be processed by weaving, tufting, knitting or fusion bonding into a carpet. Important properties include recovery, bulk, cover, uniformity, durability, soil resistance, luster, dyeability and denier.
Area rugs may be from a variety of synthetic or natural materials which will help determine performance and appearance. Natural fibers provide soft, low luster colors and long performance. Synthetic fibers provide brilliant colors, softness, easy maintenance and value.