After spending months painting, decorating, and even consulting with designers. Hours spent scrolling the internet researching, in and out of home decor shops trying to find the perfect rug to tie your whole room together. Only to get it home and it sheds, and sheds, and sheds.


So what causes a rug to shed? Shedding often happens with a new rug but it will normally stop after a couple of months with light vacuuming and normal day-to-day wear. If this continues there are two main factors: the material and make.


The different types of materials have a huge effect on shedding and not all material, even though it has the same name. For instance, wool, even though it may be classed as “wool” it does have different variants and qualities. Here’s an example; Wool from these high-altitude sheep is used to weave rugs of a very high, durable quality. Wool from the sheep in lower lands tends to be coarser than their highland cousins and is of lesser quality. If these sheep are sheered too often and the wool is left short, in order to make the yarn usable, adhesives will be added to bring these short wool pieces together. The adhesive breaks down over time, and these little pieces begin to shed.


The way rugs are made is also a massive factor. More modern techniques are about placement rather than assembling durable rugs. When you combine lower quality materials and modern techniques this can lead to shedding.


So what do you do about it?


You really get what you pay for with rugs and like everything else in life; but this doesn’t mean there won’t be initial shedding. There is no bullet proof way to stop this unfortunately, but you can manage it by following the following tips.


  • Lightly vacuum it regularly, going with the grain of the pile and not against it.
  • Make sure not to use a heavy beater bar or have the vacuum on the setting closest to the ground.
  • Use a high-quality rug pad under the rug to absorb shock and reduce further damage to the pile.
  • If possible, move it to a low-traffic area.

View our recommended thick rugs below. These shaggy rugs are less prone to shedding;