Shag Rug Fabrics

In choosing the ideal shag rug, one must consider the fabric from which it was created; this affects the style, function and price of the rug.

The original wool shag rugs tend to be the warmest, especially those hand-crafted from 100% New Zealand wool. These plush and luxurious rugs are perfect for living rooms, bedrooms, and areas of your home that you wish to radiate with warmth and comfort. And they enhance any type of décor- both traditional, trendy, and even office-related. While you can find traditional wool shag rugs in a variety of colors, the neutral and earthy tones tend to be very popular. Shag rugs are normally recommended for low-traffic areas of the home, but if you want a shag rug for medium or high-traffic areas, this would be the one to choose. For these thick, lavish, and long-lasting rugs, expect to pay for the quality; small rugs can start around $300, while large area rugs can go beyond $2,000.

To find a shag rug with quality wool that costs a little less, try a blend like wool/ polyester/ cotton. The cotton shag adds another soft fabric, while the polyester shag can give the rug a polished sheen. These blended shag rugs, like the 100% wool shags, are perfect for warming up a room, especially to cover a large area. They’re ideal to soften up a hardwood floor for bare feet, like in a bedroom or living room.

For a more modern take on the shag rug, try fabrics like Polyester, Acrylic, and Nylon. These generally come in more vibrant colors and can be woven into intricate and unique designs, like bold zebra stripes or delicate flowers. The synthetic materials create a more stain-resistant rug, although not as soft and thick as the New Zealand wool shags. Polyester, Acrylic, and Nylon shag rugs work well in most rooms, as well as dorm rooms, and tend to cost less than wool shags: Expect to pay around $60 for a small rug and up to $500 for a large area rug.

Leather shag rugs are a great way to add a fashion-forward look to a room while still maintaining quality and comfort in your rug. They are great for rooms with a trendy or elegant feel, especially if you already have leather furniture, and they are durable enough to withstand a well-used living space. Leather shag rugs offer a wonderful contemporary ambience to a space, as well as adding texture and chic, simple color. They are reasonably priced, starting at $40 for small rugs and up to $900 for large area rugs.

Silk shag rugs fuse vibrant colors with a metallic luster to create a smooth and sleek fashion statement. These shag rugs are perfect for trendy bedrooms and living spaces that have either a funky vintage or chic contemporary feel. The silk feels wonderful under bare feet, but also should not be placed in high-traffic areas of the home. Silk shag rugs are moderate to expensive in price, ranging from $300 to $1400.

And for a soft, plush shag rug that can be colored to match any room, try a cotton shag rug. A hand-woven cotton softness brings warmth and texture to a room without the hefty price tag of 100% wool (expect to pay about $80 for a small rug and up to $1000 for a large area rug). Cotton shag rugs are great to liven up a bland dorm room while making it cozy and comfortable. They work well in bedrooms and living spaces as well.