what rug types don't shed?

cottonpennySeptember 16, 2012

Some time ago, I ordered a hand-tufted wool rug from Overstock. It was very pretty and I really liked it. But my DH could not tolerate the shedding. He said it was making him sneeze....After 2 weeks of vacuuming obsessively every day and still shedding, we gave it away.

We have mostly hardwoods on the main floor in our new house and will need a few area rugs. I'm going to buy them slowly, but what do I need to look for so that I won't have the same problem again? I'm confused between hand hooked, handmade, hand knotted, hand tufted etc.

Or should I stick with something synthetic - or is that cheap?

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I've only recently bought my first wool rug. I've always had synthetic. I'm sure others will chime in, but the synthetic have never shed. I think the amount of shedding varies. I have no idea if ours is "bad" or not.

Also, my one cat can pull up the threads on the wool. Not sure I will ever do wool again with pets. I love the feel of the wool, though.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 9:16AM
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Synthetics shed synthetic fibers....cotton sheds cotton fibers and wool, wool fibers.
By shed...do you mean that you are getting fuzz from the cut ends of the yarn/fiber? or that the actual pile is coming lose from the backing? A softly made, softly twisted rug will shed....all it's life. A tighter twisted yarn on a rug with very dense pile won't shed much and then only when new.
Tray a real hand made rug, made in the middle east not in China, and you won't have a problem. You get what you pay for.

1 Like    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 10:29AM
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I mean that when my baby was crawling around on the floor for 5 minutes, he would come up covered in fibers...and if we ran the vacuum we could easily fill the canister several times and not make a dent in the shedding.

It wasn't an expensive rug, I guess, and obviously that was part of the problem. I know a better quality rug would be desirable but I didn't know how much I need to spend? Or if there are any terms I should look out for in terms of more shedding vs. less shedding. It doesn't seem like a very good idea to just decide that since something is expensive, it must be good - that isn't always true.

The $30 synthetic rug I bought from Ikea doesn't shed at all. Are my only options Ikea or spending thousands?

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 12:10PM
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Maybe this is stating the obvious, but a flat weave rug won't shed as much as a rug with pile. A hand-knotted rug won't shed as much as a hand-tufted rug because the fibers are knotted to the backing rather than just punched into the spaces in the backing. The best way to tell, though, is to see the rug in real life and tug at the fibers. If they come out freely, the rug will shed forever.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 12:25PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

I tend to agree that you get what you pay for, but I also have found that tufted wool rugs shed terribly and seemingly forever. I think it is a cheaper way of making the rug than weaving a rug and is now a favorite method for lots of manufacturers/retailers. I suspect they recognize the problem since the word "tufted" does not seem to be front and center in ads any more.

I bought a very good hand-knotted wool rug years ago that never shed. I have a reasonably-priced machine-knotted wool rug that never shed and I also have (had-passed to DS and DIL)a very inexpensive rug made of polypropalene that I love. It is soft, is still in perfect condition 15 years later, and never shed.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 12:40PM
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The other drawback to hand tufted rugs is that they cannot be cleaned as vigorously as hand knotted rugs. I've had hand knotted rugs - from the O all the way to one my in laws bought us from Turkey and *hand knotted* ones have never shed. Any hand tufted rugs - it's canisters full every time you vacuum. Ick. And it's a shame because some of the hand tufted rugs are very pretty and fresh and modern. That said, I am always on the lookout for reasonably priced hand knotted rugs from O or other retailers. Aside from withstanding cleaning and not shedding is that hand knotted rugs have a light and a dark side, so you can really get the best side to complement your room's lighting.

I've tried hand hooked rugs too, but my dogs destroy them. I don't think they shed as much as the tufted sort, though. But I do tend to think they generally have a more casual look - or at least all the ones I've purchased have.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 3:20PM
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We have one small Navaho wool rug, several hand knotted wool rugs from Turkey, and a couple of silk hand knotted ones from China (bought on a trip there) and none of them shed.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 6:49PM
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Rugs that shed aren't a good option for me, allergies. But I do LOVE the Dash & Albert indoor-outdoor rugs. They're colorful and easy care. Here's a link:

Here is a link that might be useful: Dash & Albert

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 10:44PM
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