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Top Of The Best Fireproof Rugs Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Wool Blend Dalton Rectangular Rug Low Profile Fire Resistant for Fireplace and Home 24 x 42 Mocha
№2 – UniFlame R-3040 Polypropylene Hearth Rug, Sage
№3 – Fire Retardant Fiberglass Half Round Hearth Fireplace Area Rug Polyester Trim Non Slip Mat Low Profile Protects Floors from Sparks Embers Logs 27 W x 48 L Tan
A synthetic rug
Acrylic tends to be as durable as nylon with a high resiliency.
Polypropylene or olefin, is the most commonly used material for synthetic rugs and carpets.
A polypropylene rug will become matted very easily, become dull looking very quickly, and must kept away from heat sources including high sun windows.
Wool: Despite the rumors, wool rugs are very easy and simple to clean.
Blue over dyed patchwork rug
For more in depth information, check out our post on cleaning and maintaining an oriental wool rug. If you are looking for information on professional cleaning, check out our post on how much a professional rug cleaning service should cost!
Synthetic: Because of the synthetic materials, polypropylene, polyester, and nylon rugs are also simple to clean.
Synthetic rugs are however susceptible to oil based stains.
You will notice that even in the best synthetic rugs, the design may be slightly off center, bulky and less detailed In wool rugs.
The bottom of the rug is an exact mirror image of the decorative top pile In synthetic rugs. The top pile is bonded to a plastic bottom with glue. The back of wool rugs soft and will not damage hardwood or carpeted flooring.
The back of synthetic rugs are bonded with a hard plastic backing that will slip and scratch hardwood floors.
As you can see in the image above, the polypropylene rugs design is less detailed than the wool carpet.
The eye for detail comes with hundreds of years of expertise and wool rug craftsmanship.
One of the design draw backs to synthetic rugs is that they cannot be over-dyed, like this vintage blue over-dyed wool rug.
What a shame!
This polypropylene rug heated up and ruined these beautiful solid oak hardwood floors.
If you think back to the days of playing with Barbie and Ken, there was a reason your mom never let you curl or straighten your beloved dolls’ hair!
Just like us!
Synthetic: Synthetic rugs release toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air when the materials are being produced in the factory and inside of your home as well.
If you decide to go with an untreated synthetic rug, be aware that because synthetic fibers do not “breath” they are prone to mold, mildew, fire, and moth holes.
The glue used to bond the synthetic pile with the plastic backing may contain latex. If you have anyone in your home with allergies or sensitivities, the potential for mold and mildew as well as the latex component is something for you to consider
“Synthetic rugs contain VOCs? Should I be concerned?”
Flame Resistant vs Flame Retardant
The biggest difference between flame resistant and flame retardant fabrics lies in how each is made. Without a special chemical application, a fabric will not qualify as flame retardant. Similarly, without being made of certain nonflammable fibers, a fabric will not quality as fire resistant.
When shopping for fire-safe fabrics, more often than not you will come across flame retardant textiles. These are cheaper and easier to produce than flame resistant fabrics and are often made of treated polyester or cotton.
These are Mother Earth’s gift to the world. They are naturally renewable, biodegradable, sustainable and green. Wool, Jute, Silk, Seagrass – these are gifts that keep on giving. Keep in mind, beyond the fiber, the construction of the rug is important to take into consideration because it also effects how your rug will wear and its longevity. Choosing the right construction for your lifestyle is critical but choosing a natural fiber is almost a no brainer – Why Not?
The most common type of wool is that which comes from sheep – although, other animals have wool coats, including, goats and alpaca. When we use the term “wool” in the rug industry, we are referring to the wool of a sheep (which as you will learn below is an outstanding natural fiber). Mohair rugs, made from the ultra-fine wool coat of the Angora goat, are quite rare and expensive but should be celebrated.
Wool is a natural, renewable and biodegradable fiber. Some of the finest wool comes from New Zealand, Australia, & Argentina. Sheep are sheered once a year – usually in the spring after their coat has grown very long but is no longer needed.
Sheep, many times, live at high altitudes in harsh climates. Their wool is their protection and grows thick and strong; yet soft, elastic & resilient. Wool contains the natural protectant, lanolin, its defense mechanism, against moisture and the elements. This makes for a carpet that is naturally, stain resistant and cleanable. It is hard for spills to penetrate wool – so blotting it up quickly with a damp towel will be shockingly helpful. Regular vacuuming keeps the luster at its peak. It is also fire resistant, static resistant and acts as an air filter to provide healthy air for your home. What more could you ask for?
Wool & Silk
A truly spectacular combination – Wool & Silk fell in love at first sight – they are happiest when they are together. Both are natural fibers – wool coming from the sheep’s coat and silk being produced by silkworms. Today, most silk is being produced in China & India.
Silk is considered a luxurious fiber because of its high sheen and soft “silky” feel. Though it is considered fine and delicate – do not be misled – silk is extraordinarily durable. When wool & silk are used to make a rug – the rug has more dimension and usually provokes a more eye catching appearance. Many times the field, or base, of the rug will be wool, and the design will be in silk – which makes it stand out. These two fibers make a winning combination both aesthetically and functionally.
Due to the outstanding look created by wool & silk rugs – during the past few years – rug manufacturers have started using faux silk (i.e. viscose; art silk; bamboo silk) instead of real silk to bring costs down. These rugs have some of the same great looks – their durability just may not be as high as a real wool & silk. Wool & Silk rugs are easy to maintain – regular vacuuming and quickly blotting up spills with a damp towel are keys to a long life. See rug care instructions for more details.
The patriarch of the grass family – bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and shockingly strong. Most natural bamboo rugs use bamboo from the Anji Mountains of China – the bamboo capital of China. These rugs, usually flat wooden mats, create an organic look and fit easily with casual and coastal living. They are considered eco-friendly and sustainable because bamboo is a naturally renewable resource, that grows extraordinarily quickly. You always want to catch spills as soon as they happen and blot intensely. Their life expectancy in your home depends on the traffic but to years would be a good estimate.
Sisal is a natural plant fiber derived from the “Agave Sisalana” cactus plant – a succulent- that comes largely from Mexico, Brazil & Africa. Sisal fibers, which can be up to feet long, are sustainably harvested by hand from the leaves of the cactus plant. Sisal is the strongest, most durable natural plant fiber.
A renewable resource that has boomed in demand with its growing popularity for its natural, clean look. Sisal is normally a neural light beige color. It is the same fiber used traditionally to make twine or rope – so its durability and strength should not be questioned. One of its natural characteristics is its coarse, sometimes prickly feeling. I would not considerate it a soft fiber but the look is organic and inviting. It is great for high traffic areas and an economical choice. You can expect to years with regular vacuuming – spills should be removed quickly. The biggest issue with this type of rug is liquids can penetrate the fiber and leave a stain that is very tricky to remove.
A fabulous natural fiber – Seagrass has gained in popularity in the past years. The sought after casual living look at an affordable price is hard to bet. Seagrass grows underwater in many parts of the world, most coming from Asia, and is a natural, renewable resource. The plants are native to the monsoon climates. Seagrass reeds are thick and rigid. The non-porous skin is smooth to the touch and gives a slight natural sheen. Because it grows in water – it has a tendency to be nonabsorbent. Seagrass is available in varying neutral tones – all having hints of green undertones. Seagrass offers great texture and the durability is great. Regularly vacuum, and blot spills quickly, and you will have years of enjoyment out of your Seagrass rug.
Hemp is a natural fiber derived from the Cannabis plant that has been used in textiles for thousands of years. Most predominantly gown in China, Canada & Australia for industrial use, hemp grows very easily in diverse climates and terrain. It has a texture similar to linen and softens with use. It has grown in popularity with the green movement and its organic feel transforms the room into a welcoming sanctuary. Its easy to dye and the fibers are extremely tough and durable, so hemp rugs are perfect for high-traffic areas.
A true American staple, cotton is a natural fiber that grows commonly all over the world. China, India & the United States are the largest suppliers of the go-to fiber. It is mainly cellulose and has a soft, lustrous appeal – hence has been used in textiles for thousands of years. The cotton industry was transformed in the late 1700’s with the invention of the mechanical cotton gin – which made the process of removing the seeds from the cotton – originally a painstaking task – efficient and cost effective. Cotton is a notably breathable fiber that is used in a large array of textiles – from sheets to apparel to rugs. In high traffic areas, Cotton will not be durable as wool – it is a more sensitive fiber. Regularly vacuuming and quickly blotting spills is key. Many cotton rugs are machine washable – a rarity in the rug business.
Chenille, originating in France, is a velvety material that can be made out of cotton, wool, silk or rayon through a twisting process. Long fibers are twisted at an angle around base fibers creating a very luxurious material. It is recognized world-wide for its super soft, textured appearance. Due to its construction, it tends to be a more sensitive material ideal for lower foot traffic areas.
The history of synthetic fibers dates back less than 150 years; which is really incredible to think about. In Europe, in the late 1800’s, Rayon became the first manufactured fiber (semi-synthetic).
Shortly after, brought on by the scarcity of Japanese silk due to the political tensions of the 1920’s – the United States made strong headway into the synthetic fiber arena. After much research and testing done at Dupont – in 193Nylon was born and in 1939, it was shown off to the world as the first synthetic fiber at the World’s Fair.
Manufactured fibers (or semi-synthetic) use naturally occurring cellulous to make the fiber. For example, Viscose is made using raw material: wood pulp – bamboo silk is made using raw material: bamboo. After being highly processed, both are considered Rayon, a semi-synthetic.
Synthetic Fibers are made from polymers through a chemical process. They can mimic natural fibers for a lesser price. In general, their life expectancy is shorter and they are unable to hold their luster for long periods of time. They are non-porous fibers that which helps with stain resistance. Synthetic fibers tend to crush easier than natural fibers because they do not have the natural resiliency that many natural fibers do – most notably, wool.
Acrylic is a man-made, synthetic polymer. Developed in the mid – 1900’s in the US, the silky, high sheen of the fiber is very attractive. It is not as durable as some other synthetic fibers but does clean easily and is mildew and moth resistant. It takes color well and holds it for long periods of time and is generally very affordable. It is the synthetic fiber that can mimic wool aesthetically.
One of the most commonly used faux silks, viscose is a type of Rayon (also known as “Art Silk”). It is considered semi-synthetic because of the use of natural cellulose – wood pulp – its production process. Interestingly, the newly popular “bamboo silk” is a type of viscose made from bamboo instead of wood pulp – so bamboo silk is also known as bamboo viscose.
The silky, cool, breathable fiber is a natural replacement for real silk because of its affordability and performance. Regularly vacuum (always raise the beater bar) and blot spills quickly – do not rub – and you will enjoy the natural beauty of viscose for years to come.
Poly-acrylic material is a blend of synthetic fibers to create one of the most common materials used in rugs today. It has been a proven combination in indoor/outdoor rugs. Its colorfastness, durability and cost-effective price point is very attractive to many synthetic rug consumers.
A manmade, fiber made from synthetic polymers – polyester is also known as PET. Drink bottles commonly made out of PET can be recycled and brought into a new life as a polyester fiber. Polyester is used to make consumer goods ranging from soft silky sheets to strong safety belts. It was introduced to the market in the mid-1900’s and was all the rage in clothing during the 1970’s – because it was durable, inexpensive and easy to maintain. In rugs it tends to have soft, luxurious look with notable high luster & holds bright colors. It is naturally mold and mildew resistant and easy to clean. It is a more sensitive fiber that is best in a lower traffic areas.
A synthetic polymer, used regularly in rug production. It is a strong, colorfast and mildew/moth resistant fiber. Polypropylene has good stain resistance and is easily cleanable. It is durable and affordable. It has become one of the go to materials for Indoor/Outdoor rugs because of its color retention and resistance to moisture.
A type of polypropylene, a synthetic polymer, used regularly in rug production. Olefin is a strong, colorfast and mildew/moth resistant fiber. Olefin has good stain resistance and is easily cleanable. It is durable and affordable. Olefin has become one of the go to materials for Indoor/Outdoor rugs because of its color retention and resistance to moisture.
Also known as semi-synthetic, rayon is produced through a process using cellulose from wood or cotton. Because it uses raw materials that are natural resources, is considered semi-synthetic. It is the oldest manufactured fiber in the world, dating back to the late 1800’s. It can be used to make a huge range of consumer products – in rugs you see it called – Viscose, Art Silk, Bamboo Silk – all types of Rayon. Rayon is breathable, cool and takes color easily.
Light as a feather but strong as steel – silk is world renowned as the most luxurious and fine material on the plant. And it deserves the attention. It is a natural fiber made by the silkworm – coming mostly from China, Japan & India. Its heritage is based in China where in the early years (around 2500 BC) it was worn only by the Emperor – later used for bowstrings, showing off its strength. Silk was such a mystery that it was used in trade and boosted the Chinese economy to new heights. 100% silk rugs are a rarity this days and to be celebrated. If silk is the only fiber used in the rug, it is of course less durable and best used in low traffic areas such as formal living rooms.
Polypropylene Rugs vs Woolen Rugs
So here’s a question most people are thinking when browsing the Catwalk:”What’s the difference between the cheap rugs and the most expensive rugs?”It’s an important question that should be answered, but we’d love to raise a bit of awareness on this common question. So here it is!
Polypropylene vs Wool
Polypropylene has had a bit of a bad rap over the past decade due to wearing faster, not being flame resistant, and not as comfortable as wool. However, things have changed in recent times and you’d be surprised at the quality of Polypropylene rugs these days.That being said, we’re not going to go anywhere near saying that they’re comparable to woolen rugs as that’s simply not the case and probably never will be.
The Rug Brand
The rug brand does make a difference, just like with any label. It’s reputation, the history of the brand, the designers vision come to life on the canvas that is your floor. Some of our brands have histories spanning back hundreds of years and if you’re going to talk about Persian carpets – 1000’s of years.
Bluebellgray uses state of the art printing technology to bring the exact hand-painted floral brushstrokes into their rugs giving an extremely unique feel to their creations.
William & co. has a history spanning back to medieval times, with their decoration and design in churches still influencing design well into modern times.
Made to the most exacting standards and designed in styles and sizes to suit the way you live, all of our upholstery will bring exceptional beauty to your home. Whether you are looking for a stunning new sofa or statement leather chair you’ll find exactly what you want in our Upholstery section. Each piece is made-to-order in the fabric of your choice, and individually inspected before leaving the factory. When buying a new sofa or chair, you look for three things: style, comfort, and quality. The shape and design of your upholstery has a huge impact on the look and feel of your room. Clean lines create a contemporary space, while formal decorative scrolls give a traditional feel. Some styles are more versatile and can look fabulous in both traditional and modern rooms. It’s all down to personal taste. Buying upholstered furniture is a big investment, so you’ll want to feel confident that you’re making the right choice. It may not be the first thing on your mind when purchasing a sofa, but things like cushion fillings, frames and springs all need to be considered. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, so please take time to familiarise yourself with the information in this guide. Express Service Upholstery If you’d like your new sofa in under a month, our Express Service offers our best selling upholstery options combined with a particular leather or fabric that compliments each style. Made to Order Upholstery Laura Ashley offer a range of over 100 beautifully designed fabrics and leathers. All our upholstery fabrics are suitable for domestic upholstery use and coordinating scatter cushions are available to order. Please take time to read the Choosing Your Covers section below. We offer three options for upholstery covers: Upholstery Fabrics Suitable for upholstery, scatter cushions and headboards unless otherwise stated. Many of our fabrics have special finishes or features please take time to view details so you choose a fabric perfect for you. Dual Purpose Fabrics Suitable for drape and upholstery use including headboards and scatter cushions. Leather We offer leathers to suit all tastes. Read our Guide to Leather Upholstery to ensure you select a leather perfect for you. Swatch Service Like pillows, the cushions require regular plumping up after use to retain shape. Creases must be smoothed out to maintain the life of the product.
Choosing your Upholstery covers
Laura Ashley offer a range of over 100 beautifully designed fabrics and leathers. All our upholstery fabrics are suitable for domestic upholstery use and coordinating scatter cushions are available to order. We offer three options for upholstery covers: Upholstery Fabrics Suitable for upholstery, scatter cushions and headboards unless otherwise stated. Dual Purpose Fabrics Suitable for drape and upholstery use including headboards and scatter cushions. Leather We offer leathers to suit all tastes, use the features symbols found in our Guide to Leather Upholstery to guide you on the level of character you prefer. Please read our Guide to Leather Upholstery to ensure you select a leather perfect for you. Price Bands These are indicated by letters A-E, with E being our most luxurious fabrics. Swatch Service Many of our fabrics have a protective coating applied at the time of manufacture to help repel spills excludes selected fabrics due to the composition of the fabric. For extra peace of mind on upholstery in case of those little mishaps see details of our Guardsman Protection Plan.
Armcaps Available on most shapes, fabric only. We recommend the use of armcaps to help protect your furniture for longer in high wear areas. Like pillows, the cushions require regular plumping up after use to retain shape. Creases must be smoothed out to maintain the life of the product.
Five Year Guarantee – Upholstered Furniture We are pleased to advise you of our year guarantee for our upholstered furniture. This guarantee is valid upon presentation of the original purchase receipt. This guarantee only covers any defects caused in the manufacturing process of the frame and the springs of this piece, and does not apply to normal wear and tear of the fabric or leather upholstery. By following the Laura Ashley Care Instructions provided with each piece, your new furniture and all its constituent parts should give you many years of comfort and pleasure. Treatment, cleaning and caring of this piece not in compliance with the Laura Ashley Care Instructions will render this guarantee invalid. This guarantee does not apply to the covering fabric or cushion fillings as we have no control on the use or the environment they may be kept in. If a claim arises under the terms of this guarantee, we reserve the right to appoint a representative of the company to inspect the complaint with the furniture in situ, prior to organising any repairs as may be deemed necessary. In the event that we accept a claim to be valid under this guarantee, we reserve the right to exercise discretion as to either repair your furniture or provide a replacement. We may at our discretion offer you a refund depending on the circumstances for the piece in question which includes taking into account wear and tear, and enjoyment that you have received from this item. In the event that we agree to an exchange or return, where a certain model under this guarantee has been discontinued, we reserve the right to replace the piece with a model of a similar quality and value. This guarantee will be rendered invalid where we find that the piece has been tampered with or damaged by persons other than Laura Ashley authorised personnel. Our products are designed to meet domestic standards and UK fire regulations. If you need products suitable for commercial use please contact our Commercial Design Service team. Seconds and ex display products are not covered by this guarantee. This guarantee is offered as an extra benefit of your purchase, but does not affect your statutory rights.
Woven fabrics using continuous strands are the most common cloths, with weights ranging from to 1ounces per square yard. Heavier weights, usually called roving or woven roving, consist of untwisted yarns of fiber in weights that range up to 4ounces per yard. The finished roving resembles a coarse burlap and, like all cloths, has good bi-directional strength; ie, in the N-S and E-W directions. The lighter cloth weights can be found in a variety of weave patterns, such as twill, satin and matt, for different purposes.
Two examples of fiberglass cloth; the fiberglass at left is significantly thinner and lighter, but provides less stiffness.
E-Glass: This is the most commonly used fiberglass cloth in boatbuilding today. You can buy E-glass at a marine hardware store, and bond it with polyester resin. It is made from molten plastic spun into fine fibers that are then either woven into cloth or loosely gathered into roving.
S-Glass: This is high performance fiberglass cloth from the aircraft industry. It is three to five times more expensive than E-glass, but it is also much stronger. Developed by Owens-Corning, it has 20 to 40 percent higher tensile, impact and flexural strength than E-glass. There are two types of S-glass: S-1, which meets critical aerospace standards and is blindingly expensive; and S-2, which is used in the marine industry. In Europe, S-glass is called R-glass.
Mat: Mat is usually made of E-glass, and consists of random 2- to 3-inch fibers held in place by a binder that is resin soluble. Mat is used primarily for building thickness (and stiffness) into fiberglass layups. Mat resists “print-through,” where the weave of roving shows in the outer layer of the hull, but it also soaks up a tremendous amount of fiberglass and is low in strength for it’s weight.
Bi-Axial Fibers: Technically, most cloth is bi-axial, but the modern definition means a fabric made from layers of unidirectional cloth that are not woven through each other. One layer simply lays atop the next layer to produce a kink-free band of fiber.
Carbon Fiber: These fibers of graphite provide superb stiffness as well as high tensile and compression strengths and are often used in conjunction with S-glass or other exotics to provide acceptable impact resistance, which is otherwise quite low. Carbon fiber is very expensive, but it can outperform metal in many situations. Many companies produce carbon fiber worldwide and the usages depend upon the carbon content of the fiber itself, with some being intended for high strength applications and others being aimed for high modulus (stiffness) situations. It is the most expensive type of fiber reinforcement available, costing as much per pound as 100 times common E-glass. Second only to Kevlar in specific strength, carbon fibers are superior to any other fiber in stiffness.
Kevlar: The trademarked name for a DuPont product, it is used to refer to aramid fibers of which Du Pont is the sole producer worldwide. An aromatic polymid (usually shortened to aramid), Kevlar is a form of nylon that was originally developed in the mid l960s as “Fiber B” to reinforce radial tire belting. It’s unique properties soon were put into other uses, and the public usually thinks of Kevlar in terms of bullet-proof jackets. There are, in fact, two forms of Kevlar available. Kevlar 2is used for lines, cables, and flak jackets, while Kevlar 4is used as a reinforcement fiber in plastic composites. On a strength to weight comparison, Kevlar has the highest specific tensile strength of any commercial fiber. It is five times stronger than steel, and twice as strong as E-glass, which allows a Kevlar hull to maintain the same strength as an E-glass hull at a fraction of the weight. Impact strength is also a Kevlar forte, and it is able to withstand repeated impacts as well as resist the tendency of other reinforcing fibers to allow cracks to spread. The negative side to Kevlar is a marked weakness in compression strength, so it is often used in conjunction with other fibers that balance that trait.
Nomex: A chemical developed by DuPont, Nomex is most famous for it’s fireproof qualities, and it is used in fire-resistant suits for firemen and race car drivers. It is an aramid, which is turned into a paper-like substance for use in honeycomb.
Hybrids: These are reinforcing fabrics that combine two or more different types of fiber. One common hybrid is a mixture of Kevlar with carbon fiber. The Kevlar provides high impact resistance, while the carbon fiber supplies the stiffness. Combinations of S-glass, Kevlar and carbon fiber are also available to optimize certain properties at minimum cost.
BBQ Grill Mat Set of Mats
This is a set of mats that come in one pack. They are large, nonstick and works with Charcoal, Gas and Electric grill for both indoor and outdoor barbecue grillers.
The material design is heavy duty Teflon which is heat resistant, very thick and reusable for many years to come. It measures 1x 1inches in size which is perfect for your oven, toaster, cooking tray and grilling surfaces. But, some users complain that they tend to lose their non-stick quality with subsequent uses.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Fireproof Rugs wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Fireproof Rugs
- №1 — Wool Blend Dalton Rectangular Rug Low Profile Fire Resistant for Fireplace and Home 24 x 42 Mocha
- №2 — UniFlame R-3040 Polypropylene Hearth Rug, Sage
- №3 — Fire Retardant Fiberglass Half Round Hearth Fireplace Area Rug Polyester Trim Non Slip Mat Low Profile Protects Floors from Sparks Embers Logs 27 W x 48 L Tan