I often hear the question, “what type of rug pad works best for thin rugs?”, I wanted to write a little about this topic. By thin rugs, we mean rugs that are made with a thinner, or flatter pile. These are often described as low profile rugs as well. Thin rugs could be new and they can also be antique. Navajo rugs, kilim rugs, antique persian rugs, sisal rugs, jute rugs and others are all considered thin or low profile rugs.
Initially, many people think of a thick rug pad to put under a thinner rug. This is a normal thought yet we need to be careful not to place a very thick rug pad under the rug. One aspect of thinner rugs is that their low profile has a nice look on the floor. In most cases, if we alter this look too much by raising the rug with too thick of a rug pad, the intended look of the rug is defeated.
Thin rugs need the right rug pad for a few reasons. First, since thin rugs tend to crawl around more than heavier rugs, the rug pad needs to grab the rug and keep it flat and still. Second, thin rugs look good close to the floor and a thin rug pad will maintain this look, not raising the rug too much off the floor. Next, thin rugs need the right rug pad to grab the floor to keep the rug and pad from moving. A rug pad will also protect the back of thin rugs and prolong their life. Lastly, a little comfort is nice. Thin rugs will feel better to walk on with a little padding underneath.
One of the best rug pads for thin rugs is what is a jute and rubber combination rug pad. This rug pad is no more than 1/4 of an inch thick so it adds a little comfort without lifting the rug off the floor. This type of rug pad contains a recycled jute surface and a natural, solid layer of rubber backing. The surface is manufactured in such a way that it is textured to grab and hold the rug in place. The bottom rubber holds the pad to the floor, hence eliminating a wrinkled rug and any chance of accidents from slipping. This rug pad is very dense, not spongy, and this is what prolongs the life of any thin or antique rug. The density resists pressure from walking on the rug. Instead of the back of your rug wearing down against the hard floor, the rug pad takes this pressure.
As I always mention in my articles, be careful in which rug pad you choose for your rugs. This jute and rubber combination rug pad is an excellent choice and one of the best rug pads available yet there are various versions produced. Be sure to choose the one in which the rubber side is not a sprayed on latex rubber but a real layer of rubber sewn on to the jute surface. The spray does not hold too well to the pad and tends to break down and harm your floor over time. You may read about and choose the best rug pad for thin rugs at Rug Pad Corner, .