The Difference Between a Rug and a Carpet

While the terms carpet and rug tend to be used interchangeably, there is, in fact, quite a difference between those two. Both describe a thick piece of cloth, usually woven from natural fibers like silk, wool, jute and cotton or synthetic materials used for decorative purposes. The patterns or techniques used can differ to a great extent, depending on the region or the year in which the given carpet or rug was woven.