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The benefits of area rugs in your home go far beyond appearance and style such as color, pattern and texture (although those are definitely important considerations).

For example, an area rug does have the exceptional ability to bring the decorative elements of a room together, such as pulling together all the colors. This is an obvious benefit. They can be a great cover up for tired and worn wall-to-wall carpet as well.

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Even though area rugs can add many benefits to your home, if you have beautiful wood, laminate or tile floors, you may wonder why you should cover them up.

Below are some more of the benefits of area rugs that can actually help to improve spaces in your home:



Obviously, the softness of an area rug makes it more comfortable to stand or walk on than a hard surface floor. But that softness also gives it the flexibility to absorb some of the impacts of your footsteps, taking some of the pressure off your body.

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An area rug, especially with a pad underneath it, can notably decrease the noise in a room. Hard surface floors cannot absorb sound the way an area rug does because the area rug also absorbs sound from the air as well.


An area rug, especially when placed on a proper rug pad, is much warmer than hard surface flooring and offers a great insulating benefit.


Rugs in the home, as well as wall-to-wall carpets, trap allergens from the air. Allergens on hard surface flooring are constantly being recycled to the air where they can be breathed in. Rugs and carpets will hold those allergens until regular vacuuming takes place. The alleviation of some allergy symptoms can be a real benefit of area rugs in the home.


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An area rug has the ability to create a relaxed and comfortable space by helping to anchor the furniture in a room. This placement gives definition to the space, preventing the feel that the main pieces of furniture are just floating in the space. If a room is especially large, conversation areas can be defined by more than one area rug placement.


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Another benefit of area rugs is they can bring a calmness to a room by slowing down the energy that normally flows through a home. Energy moves more quickly over hard surfaces, but more slowly over soft surfaces. Fast flowing energy can create anxiety and feelings of excitability. With nothing to slow down that energy flow, the space can feel disorganized or chaotic.


Taking your area rugs to a certified rug plant, such as ABC, for periodic cleaning, is obviously much easier than carpet cleaning or floor refinishing.


Tired of an area rug? It is much easier to replace than the wall-to-wall carpet or the hard surface flooring in your home.


If you were ‘on the fence’ about the purchase of an area rug to improve some of the spaces in your home, we hope the above listing of some of the benefits of area rugs may help you to make an more informed decision.  At ABC, we are here to help answer any questions you may have about area rug purchases.

We also sell rugs on consignment. Check out our website for photos of our rugs for sale or come down to our office at 130 Cecil Malone Drive in downtown Ithaca, NY to see the rugs for yourself. They are all cleaned, priced reasonably, treated for moths, and ready for you to pick out your favorite!

We are open from 8 to 5 Monday through Thursday, closing at 4:30 on Fridays. We are also open from 10 to 1 every Saturday morning. You can reach us at 607-272-1566 and text us on that number as well. Our email is

For more benefits of area rugs, please also see Choosing the Right Carpet, Rug, and Mat for Your Home -a practical guide of the types of carpets, rugs, and mats you can find in the market and the best ways to use them in every part of the home.

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Oriental and Area Rug Washing at ABC Oriental Rug 

Rugs on the wash floor are gently scrubbed before thorough rinsing.

Gentle scrubbing continues. Note the wringer in the background-the next step in the washing process after rinsing.

After thorough rinsing, the rug is sent slowly and carefully through the wringer to take out as much of the water as possible before being hung on racks in the drying room. 

Rugs are hung on a rack in the temperature controlled drying room until completely dry.