As carpet care experts, we are sometimes asked about viscose rugs… yeah or nay? Pros and cons…? And how to care for them…?

Viscose rugs, also known as art silk or rayon rugs, have gained popularity as an affordable alternative to pricier natural fibers. These rugs are made from viscose, a semi-synthetic fiber derived from wood pulp or cotton linters (short fibers /fuzz) found around cotton seeds).  While they boast a luxurious sheen and silky feel, understanding the pros and cons of viscose rugs is important before deciding to incorporate them into your home decor.

Pros:

  • Looks: One of the primary attractions of viscose rugs is their visual appeal. They mimic the luxurious look and feel of silk at a fraction of the cost, making them an excellent choice for those seeking an elegant touch to their interiors.
  • Soft Texture: Viscose rugs are known for their soft and silky texture, providing a comfortable and inviting surface for both feet and hands. This quality makes them an ideal choice for areas where comfort is a priority, such as bedrooms and living rooms.
  • Versatility: Viscose fibers can be easily dyed, allowing for a wide range of color options. This versatility helps homeowners to find a rug that complements their existing decor or serves as a focal point in the room.
  • Affordability: Compared to natural fibers like silk or wool, viscose rugs are more budget friendly. This affordability makes them an attractive choice for those looking to enhance their home decor without breaking the bank.

Cons:

  • Durability Issues: Viscose rugs are not as durable as rugs made from natural fibers. They are prone to wear and tear, crushing, and matting, especially in high-traffic areas. This makes them less suitable for spaces with heavy foot traffic.
  • Moisture Sensitivity: One significant drawback of viscose rugs is their sensitivity to moisture. They can easily absorb water, leading to discoloration, warping, or mold growth. It is essential to keep them away from damp environments and avoid using them in areas prone to spills.
  • Cleaning Challenges: Cleaning viscose rugs requires extra caution. They are not as resilient to stains as other materials, and traditional cleaning methods may damage the fibers. A professional carpet cleaner experienced with viscose rugs is essential for optimal outcomes.
  • Not Eco-Friendly: While derived from natural sources, the manufacturing process of viscose involves the use of chemicals, which can have environmental implications. Additionally, the production process may not be as sustainable as some natural fibers.

The bottom line is, viscose rugs offer a cost-effective way to bring luxury and style to your home, but their susceptibility to damage and moisture requires careful consideration. Balancing their aesthetic appeal with the practical aspects of maintenance and durability is key to making an informed decision for your interior decor.


By Sharon Koehler. This article is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of Surface Care PRO Partners.