Navigating and understanding the world of custom rugs and carpet can seem daunting. Our glossary of common terms found on our site is here to help. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service Team.
Glossary of Rug & Carpet Terms
Anywhere weaves are made from synthetic, durable materials and do not have a backing, making them perfect for indoor or outdoor use. When used indoors, the use of a rug pad is recommended. You can view our selection of synthetic sisal anywhere weaves here or view our other outdoor options here.
Binding is the process of placing cloth material around the edges of a rug and stitching the material on with a binding or commercial sewing machine so that your area rug does not unravel or become frayed. Also referred to as an applied border, a binding will enhance your rug’s appearance, prolong the life of your rug and is necessary for most of our rugs. To see our options, including cloth bindings, corner options and serged edges, please see our Bindings resource page.
Binding Width refers to the amount of cloth binding that will show on the face of your rug. This does not add any "width" to the rug because the binding is adhered to and wrapped around the edge of the rug. The on-face reveal is often determined by style and taste. Your rug binding width will be determined when ordering.
Broadloom or wall-to-wall is carpet that has been woven on a wide loom and usually refers to buying raw material off the roll. Standard width for broadloom is 13 feet, but can range between 6 feet and 16 feet wide. Because of the wide width, broadloom is versatile and can be used in wall-to-wall installations (think bedrooms or living rooms), stair installations, or large gathering spaces.
Coir, also known as coco fiber, is taken from the fibrous husk that surrounds the common coconut. This is the stuff you see used for welcome mats and it is very durable. Coir is also sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity and is not recommended for wall-to-wall installation. Over time the material could shift and warp. (Hint: if you like the look of coir but want something that has more stability, take a look at one of our sisal-coir blends.) See our coir collection here.
Curl Stop is a unique anti-rug curling product that attaches to the underside of your rug corners (not your floor) and keeps the rug corners flat. Installation is quick and easy. Click here to read more about Curl Stops.
Jute fiber is obtained from the stalks of several species of plants from the corchorus genus that are grown in hot, humid climates. Jute is sustainably grown and completely biodegradable. Our jute is selected for fiber length, flexibility, strength and luster, and is carefully spun to produce strong, consistent yarns that feel soft underfoot. Recommended for light-traffic residential applications, our jute weaves are thick and can withstand the weight of most furniture without causing indentations. Click here to see our Jute selection.
Lapped Corner refers to the style of a finished corner on a rug bound with cloth where the cloth binding lays over each other in the corner at a 90 degree angle. To see corner options, please see our Bindings resource page.
Mitered Corner refers to the style of a finished corner on a rug bound with cloth where the cloth binding is joined and finished (sewn) in the corner at a 45 degree angle, similar to a picture frame. This is the most formal finish to a floor covering. To see corner options, please see our Bindings resource page.
No Binding or Cut Edge option will appear on select products, especially modern vinyls. This means the product will have a cut, raw edge that will not unravel and has a clean look. No additional binding or border is needed.
Rug Pad or underlay is a cushion that is placed underneath wall-to-wall carpet or an area rug that increases comfort, provides sound and heat insulation as well as safety by helping prevent slipping. Rug pads are recommended with most of our weaves. When placing your order for carpet or a rug, you will have the opportunity to add a rug pad to your order. If you would like to purchase a rug pad separately, please head to our Rug Pad page.
Self Bound or Self Edge is where the face of the fabric is tucked under along the edge and sewn or attached underneath to the backing. This provides a clean, finished look and prevents the mat from fuzzing. This is primarily done with synthetic and vinyl products.
Serged Edge is a continuous wrap of yarn around the edges of your rug that binds the fibers and keeps your rug from unraveling. To see our binding options, including cloth bindings and serged edges, please see our Bindings resource page.
Sisal is an extremely long and rugged fiber harvested from the mature leaves of the agave sisalana plant. Although the plant is indigenous to the Americas, much of the sisal produced in the world now comes from East Africa. The African fiber is longer, finer and white, making it possible to dye clear, even colors and to spin a consistent smoother yarn. Many of our premium sisal weaves come from Kenya and Tanzania and are dyed, spun and woven in Belgium. Others are produced and woven in Brazil or Mexico. No pesticides of chemical fertilizers are used in the production of sisal. Click here to see our Sisal selection.
Sisal Guard is a product used to help protect and enhance the life of your sisal carpet. Click here to read more about Sisal Guard.
HOST Dry Cleaning Carpet Kit is a product designed to clean and help maintain the life of your wool or sisal carpet. It is widely available on the internet. Click here to read more about HOST.
SISALplus is our collection of stain resistant sisal floor coverings. Bring the beauty of sisal into your home without the worry of staining. See SISALplus here.
Wall-to-Wall see broadloom
Wall-to-wall Installation is covering an entire room or space with one material. We recommend selecting an installer who can advise you on installation padding, seaming, raising or lowering floorboards, and the quantity of materials required for the project.