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  • The Real Deal About Rug Shedding and What You Should Do

The Real Deal About Rug Shedding and What You Should Do

When purchasing a rug, one of the most common questions people ask is, "Will this rug shed?" This is a common concern when people are buying rugs for their space not only because you want to make sure that your rug always looks their best, but also so that you can prevent them from shedding. 


If you're one of those who are concerned about rug shedding, you'll be happy to know there are ways to control this. However, if you're curious and you want to learn more about rug shedding, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll walk you through the different types of rugs, why they shed, and how you should deal with rug shedding. 

So whether or not you recently bought an Azilal rug, or you're currently experiencing rug shedding, this article may be of help! 

Which types of rugs shed and why do they do that?

Synthetic materials, often used in machine-made rugs aren't quite strong and are more at risk for wear and tear, which ultimately cause major shedding. On the other hand, handmade rugs are made with natural materials, such as wool, cotton, and even silk. Rugs made with these materials do not shed. 

However, know that there is a slightly confusing part regarding these rugs. Handmade rugs will experience shedding during the first few months, and then it will stop. Meanwhile, synthetic rugs won't go through any shedding in the first couple of months and will start to shed and deteriorate over time. 

The reason synthetic rugs shed is that they were produced using a machine. Also, the foundation of these rugs isn't sturdy since the base is made from latex. So over time, when it goes through foot traffic and wear and tear, these rugs will inevitably shed. In contrast, handmade rugs have a stronger base because each knot is attached to an incredibly durable cotton foundation. 

Which rugs shed, and why do they do that?

Most of the shedding really boils down to the type of wool these makers use. This is why you must find rugs that use the best kind of wool, and you can find these types of rugs made by highly skilled artisans in the Atlas Mountains. 

Atlas wool is made from sheep that live in higher altitudes. These artisans then create a long fiber length of wool that reduces the amount of shedding. Even if you experience shedding with your Atlas rugs, you'll be happy to know that it is only removing excess fiber from the weaving process and is not actually destroying your rug. 

My rug is shedding, what do I do?

  1. Vacuum your rug regularly

Set your vacuum at the lowest level and start running it over your rug. This will remove the excess fibers found on your rug and will reduce it from shedding on its own. 

  1. Use an underlay

Prevent your rug from moving around by using an underlay. This will stop your rug from experiencing extra movement that can cause shedding. Just make sure that you're using safe material that won't damage your floor or your rug.

  1. Brush off the extra fibers

Using a soft brush broom or rake, gently run down the broom on your rug to get rid of extra fiber. Be sure to do this carefully so as to not pull any fibers further from the foundation. 

  1. Place your rug in a low-traffic location

You want to make sure that your rug experiences little to no foot traffic in the first few months. This is because walking, running, or playing on the rug may cause more shedding. 


If you're worried about rug shedding, you should know that it's completely normal and there are ways to control it. However, it's always better to get high-quality rugs, such as Atlas Berber rugs, because its shedding will be at a minimum for the first few months, and then after, you'll have a durable and beautiful rug. 

If you're looking for authentic Moroccan rugs for your home, Atlas Weavers offer various designs and sizes of beautiful rugs in their online shop. Our team is committed to delivering wonderful, long-lasting textiles while upholding traditions. Check out our selection of rugs today!