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Low vs. High Pile Rugs

Shopped for a rug recently? You might’ve come across a mysterious little phrase: pile height. What’s a pile? How tall can it be? Luckily, we’re here to break down our best tips on how to pick a rug thickness for your space.

Breaking down pile height

Short answer? It’s the thickness of your rug. If you measured the length of an individual carpet fiber from the backing material to the tips of each fiber, you’d have the pile height. When selecting the right rug, pile height is an important factor to consider, as it will impact a rug’s appearance, texture, and performance over time.

Low Pile Rugs
Typically shorter than 1/4 inch
Medium Pile Rugs
Usually between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch
High Pile Rugs
Normally about 1/4 to 3/4 inches in height

Let’s talk about low pile rugs

Affordable, durable rugs that can really go the distance, low pile rugs include handwoven and hand-knotted flatweave rugs. Perfect for high-traffic family rooms, kitchens, or hallways, low pile rugs stand up to the daily wear and tear of your average home.

Easy to clean rugs that are easy to love, lower pile rugs just need a bit of regular vacuuming to keep them at their best. Their shorter pile will also help prevent staining or dust buildup that can cause allergies to flare up. Available in a wide range of patterns, colors, and fabrics, low pile rugs prove that practical can still be stylish.

Let’s talk about high pile rugs

A warm welcome into any space, high pile rugs are woven with incredibly luxurious, inviting textures that feel soft beneath your feet. Effortlessly elegant, each one is perfect for lying around all day, thinking about the great decisions that you have made. It’s best to style high pile rugs in less busy rooms, where their textures are a bit safer and you can enjoy the textures all by yourself.

Durable rugs that can stay fluffy and lush for years, high pile rugs have longer fibers that can give extra warmth in colder weather, dampen loud sounds, and even protect your floors from daily foot traffic. At the same time, these fibers create a highly absorbent surface that can be a bit more vulnerable to spills, as well as a buildup of dust or debris. It may also take a bit longer to fully clean and vacuum high pile rugs, due to their long fibers.


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