Polypropylene rugs make up a large portion of our range. Today we discuss what polypropylene is, and it's features and benefits for use in rugs.
Polypropylene, also known as olefin, is a synthetic, man made fibre. There are a couple of types of polypropylene used in rug manufacturing. The cheapest but also the poorest quality polypropylene material used in rug production is BCF (Bulk Continuous Fibre Polypropylene). At Rugs of Beauty, we do not stock any rugs made with BCF, because we aim to stock only high quality products.
The main type of polypropylene material used in rugs, and the one we stock, is called HSPP (Heat Set Polypropylene). There is also a shiny variant of this known as "Frese" or "Frise" Polypropylene. Both of these types produce good quality, long lasting rugs.
One of the great features of heat set polypropylene rugs is that they are able to hold their colour well. A new polypropylene rug can look very similar many years later if regularly vacuumed. It also has a highly desirable appearance, with many plush polypropylene rugs having similar look and feel (soft to touch) to wool.
Another handy feature of heat set polypropylene rugs are their water resistant quality. Polypropylene does not absorb liquids. This makes it easy to clean up any liquid spills on these rugs, which can make them a great choice if you have kids or pets around where the rug will be placed. This quality also makes them a great choice for outdoor rugs. Polypropylene is also resistant to mould and mildew, another positive feature for its use in outdoor areas where the rug may get wet.
Finally these rugs can be quite cost effective for the consumer, especially when compared with materials such as wool and silk. The production cost of a polypropylene rug is much cheaper than many other fibres, which results in a cheaper retail price for the consumer.
If you have a high pile polypropylene rug, take note of the following: if you place a high pile polypropylene rug in a high traffic area, it is best to rotate it as much as possible to ensure even wear all over the rug, as these rugs will not tolerate high traffic as well as other materials. This is not so much of an issue for low pile polypropylene rugs, where the pile has less of an ability to be flattened over time by foot traffic.
Please see below for some examples of our polypropylene rugs, and see the link below for a full list of our polypropylene rugs.