Rug Buying Guide: Acrylic Fibre
So, here we are with our second write-up on the rug buying guide. Today we’ll discuss about a man-made fibre _ acrylic. Like all the other fibres, acrylic also endows specific set of features and characteristics to the carpet.
Before we dive into the specifications, let’s first see where this acrylic yarn came from and when was it first developed? In the year 1944, DuPont developed the first ever acrylic fibre. In 1950, it was commercially produced for the first time. In the initial days, it was only used for outdoor purposes but with the advancement of technology, acrylic has travelled a long way, and is now popular choice for carpets.
The best of the fibres come from Japan and china, but for the layman, it is next to impossible to distinguish between the two. So, it is hard to notice the difference in quality between Japanese and Chinese acrylic fibres though it is Japanese acrylic yarn which is regarded as the best in class.
Acrylic fibre is known to provide striking colours and stain resistant features to the carpets. They are soft and luxurious fabric and are trendy in modern times due to their functionality and practicality. They are one of the most popular man-made fibres known to provide visual appeal and wool-like feel to your carpet. Their quality and visual appeal is second to none and they offer premium luxury due to super soft yarn. The best part about this fibre is that they well even with the vibrant colours and come out appealing. Rugs made of acrylic yarn are breathy, thus making them absorb and release moisture quickly. Well, the most important factor, especially for rugs is they resist moths, oil and chemicals. They are also resistant to sunlight degradation. Though, it is softer than wool, but it can have problems with crushing in high traffic areas.
It is important to understand the key features and characteristics of acrylic fibre.
1. Light in weight, soft plush pile and warm
2. They light and bright colours and are considered to be excellent colour fast
3. Rugs made of acrylic allow the fabric to breathe as they absorb and release moisture quickly
4. They are resilient
5. They retain shape and resist shrinkage and wrinkles
6. The aesthetic appeal of them goes well in sync with wool-like and cotton-like fibres.
7. These fibres are resilient
8. They are resistant to moths, oils and chemicals and also for sunlight degradation.
The greatest advantage of acrylic rugs is that they offer similar texture of that of wool fibre but at the lower price.
To summarize, these rugs are low-end, cheap and affordable rugs, which are not very strong and durable but they can showcase vibrant designs with good resilience and stain resistance.
We would ask you to keep reading and wait for our next upload with the third popular fibre and it’s characteristics in the rug industry.