Many people in most countries use the terms rug and carpet interchangeably, saying one when meaning the other, but in fact, the two terms are very different.
The term Carpet:
The word “Carpet” came originally from the Old French carpite, “heavy decorated cloth”, or Italian carpita, “thick woollen cloth”, both originating from Latin meaning “to card, to pluck”.
The English term itself was first used back in the 13th century, with the meaning of “coarse cloth” or “tablecloth”, and only shifted in the 15th century to the meaning known today of Floor covering.
Carpets are categorised by their size, often defined as stretching from wall to wall in one solid colour, and being securely fixed to the floor with glue and tacking strips.
The term Rug:
The word “Rug” is of Scandinavian origin, meaning “shaggy tuft”, which was probably related to the words “rag” and “rough”, and was used for the first time in the 15th century as a term for a thick cloth or cover for floor or wall.
Conventionally, any cloth that covers a space of about 3.7 square metres was considered a rug.
Rugs usually have a bound edge, and can be moved freely on the floor, used in different areas each time, and are generally easy to change, clean and maintain.
Normally, rugs are placed in the centre of any given accommodation or in close proximity of furniture such as beds or sofas.
So which is better? Carpet or Rug?
As they are two different items, they are two different products, with different features and benefits, so we can`t really say one is entirely better than the other, but we can look at some pros and cons of each to help you decide.
Rugs, Pros & Cons:
Rugs are traditionally used to cover wood, tile or coloured cement floor, and add an artistic appeal because of their many designs and colours, allowing for more creativity in décor scheme, and creating a more cohesive look each time.
Due to their small size and weight, rugs can be easily cleaned and maintained and may make a better choice for those with allergies.
With a rug, you can have and enjoy a good hardwood or tile floor, but still, retain some warmth in your home by covering it with a rug where needed.
However, a rug is not enough to keep a home warm especially in cold winters, nor does it offer the same quietness and comfort of a carpet.
Furthermore, being not securely fixed, a rug easily moves and can cause slipping and tripping hazards, which can be dangerous and at times life threatening, especially for running children and the elderly.
Carpet: Pros & Cons:
When compared to a rug, a carpet is your one-time choice and deal for a long time, and needs much more consideration and thinking before buying, as it can be much more costly due to its size, installation and quality.
However, that does not mean that it has to be boring, with our help at Mr Carpet, and our plentiful design options, and a wealth of colours, textures, and patterns available for you, once you make your choice, you will be satisfied and for a long time.
Neutral colour-carpeting helps to create a sense of cohesion in a space, and a wall-to-wall carpet unifies the different rooms in the home and can make a small home seem much more spacious, and when used in coordination with a design or decor scheme, there is so much you can do to create beautiful spaces in your home, with furniture, wall art, and your favourite colours..
Also, yes a wall-to-wall Carpet can be harder to maintain and keep clean and fresh as it cannot be taken out and washed as you would a rug, however, it adds a layer of insulation and warmth to the floor, and most importantly offers slip and trip resistance, and create a safer living, which is especially helpful for homes with crawling/ running children and the elderly.
Still indecisive? Why not do both!?
As mentioned before, Carpet and Rug both have their advantages and disadvantages, but that should not be a big problem, as it does not have to be one or the other.
Fortunately, you can enjoy and benefit from both features of a Rug and a Carpet, by placing rugs in wood or tile floor areas, and carpet in other areas, not to mention that you can place a rug on top of your wall to wall carpeted floor as well. You can lay a thick, luxurious shag rug over a short-pile or looped carpet and add a wonderful sense of softness and elegance to space, or similarly, if you have a more plush style carpet installed in your home, throwing a low-profile Berber or woven rug would add character to your home.
Remember, if you can`t decide or need help choosing, let us know at Mr Carpet Sydney, we are here to guide you through step by step, and help you make the best choice.