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Difference Between a Rug and Carpet

a Rug vs Carpet

“Rug” and “carpet” are terms that are used interchangeably. In some countries, both words are the same and have no difference, but in some other countries they are entirely two different terms.

In America, a carpet is a floor covering that is laid wall to wall, and rugs cover only a small area or they are area specific. But in India, “carpet” and “rug” are just used to denote a covering over the floor.

When comparing the two, a rug is smaller than carpet. It can be said that any piece of floor covering that comes less than 40 square feet are called rugs and those larger than this are carpets.

When carpets are permanently attached to the floors and cannot be removed that easily, rugs are area specific, cover just a small area, and can be removed easily.

Rugs can be easily taken from one place to another. If a person wants to have the rug placed in another room, it is possible. But in the case of carpet, this is not possible. If a person shifts a house, he can easily transport rugs but not so with carpets. Rugs can be used as a centrepiece, hung on walls, as a bed rug or foot rug. Unlike carpets, rugs come in many patterns and styles.

As carpets are very large, it is hard to clean them. Cleaning rugs, however, is very easy. As rugs come in different styles and patterns, rugs are more expensive than carpets. It can be seen that rugs are treasured by families and are even passed from one generation to another.

When compared to rugs, carpets are tougher counterparts. They are very durable and stain resistant. Carpets also come in many styles, colours and patterns. In thickness, carpets are thicker than rugs. As the thickness increases, the carpet is more luxurious, and there is a great feeling when walking on it.

Another thing is that carpets can wear out very much faster than rugs. If a rug wears out, it can be replaced easily. Rugs can slide and slip easily, but a double-stick or rug pad can be used to prevent it. If carpets get worn, the only alternative is to replace the whole material.

Summary :

1.A rug is smaller than carpet.
2.When carpets are permanently attached to the floors and cannot be removed that easily, rugs are area specific, cover just a small area, and can be removed easily.
3.Rugs can be easily taken from one place to another. But in the case of carpet, this is not possible.


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