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Polyester is a versatile fabric often used in rugs. It has an outstanding ability of resisting wrinkles and springing back into its crisp smooth shape. It is strong, and soft to the hand (or foot). The fabric is resistant to stretching and shrinkage. Polyester is also quick to dry, resilient, requires minimum care and is easily washable.
Polyester is a polymer, which is produced from the coal, air, water, and petroleum products. It was first commercially produced in 1953 by E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company, Inc. in the United States. It is next to cotton in worldwide use.
Polyester fabric blends well with fabrics meaning it is often used alongside other fabrics in rugs. It blends with wool, acetate, or rayon to improve the durability of the fabric and even to make it easy washable, if the percentage of polyester is high. It adds the quality of wrinkle resistance to the fabric and eliminates crushing of napped fabrics, and reduces fading.
Characteristics of Polyester
It is strong, stretchable, and durable.
It does not wrinkle.
It does not shrink.
It is resistant to crease.
It is resistant to mildew.
It is abrasion resistant.
It is resistant to most chemicals.
It is not damaged by sunlight or weather.
It dries quickly. It is crisp and resilient when wet or dry.
It is easily washed.
It does not absorb moisture making it damp resistant.
Many of our shaggy rugs are made of Polyester, if you are looking for a shiny shag rug this is the one for you.