Rag Rugs

A woven rag rug can make a nice addition to just about any room. This classic area rug is often available in green, white, and a variety of pastel, primary, or neutral colors. In fact, many are reversible, giving you even more decorating options.

How can area rugs made from rags enhance home decor?

A woven area rug made from cotton rag strips can be a wonderful addition to your home decor. The style of the rug will certainly depend on the type of rag strips that are used in making the rug. The color and pattern of the cotton rag strips will determine its final look. For example, if the rug is woven with cotton cloth strips that are predominantly white or green, then the finished rag rug will reflect this chosen color scheme; however, other colors can also be used. You can have a woven rag rug that is a solid color or a mixture of colors that will work well with your home decorating design.

Are woven rag rugs just for casual rooms?

Many people associate a woven cotton rag rug with an informal setting, but with the variety of rug options, these cotton area rugs can often be incorporated into just about any room you choose. A beautifully woven cotton rag rug can be the centerpiece of a room, especially when placed on a bare wood or tile floor. The colors of the cotton strips can be used to draw from when picking decorative accent items for the room.

A woven rug can also be placed directly on top of the carpet to help set off a sitting area or create a separate zone within a room. Whether you want to create a reading nook in a child's bedroom or you're looking for a pop of color in a living room, you'll find a wide range of cotton rag rug options. Additionally, some woven rugs come with the flexibility of having a reversible design that can provide a fun way to quickly change the look of a room.

Can a cotton area rag rug be cleaned?

Depending on the type of cotton rag rug you purchase, it may be possible to wash it in a washing machine. Always check the care instructions prior to machine washing. If your cotton area rug is not machine washable, you can usually hand wash it. Keep in mind that a cotton rug can shrink or become misshapen if placed in a dryer. It's usually best to let your area rug dry naturally. Hand washing instructions for your area rug include the following:

  • Take your cotton area rug or rag rug outdoors and give it a good shake in order to remove dirt, dust, and debris.
  • Fill a large tub with tepid water and add a mild detergent. A white rug might need a bit of stain remover or oxygen cleaning powder to help restore its bright, clean look.
  • Gently agitate the rug in the wash tub, taking care not to twist it too much. Rinse the area rug in a tub of clean water and then hang it to dry over a tub or outdoors on a sunny day.