Area rugs have been popular since the first prehistoric cave dweller placed a saber-tooth tiger skin at the cave entrance to allow its odor to ward off predators. During the dark ages and the Renaissance, area rugs came of age as castle dwellers used them for decoration, sound reduction, and thermal insulation warming cold stone floors.
Still with us today area rugs continue to be used for decoration adding visual beauty to a room. Sound and echo control in a theater room or family room to reduce extraneous noise. They also make it comfortable for getting out of bed by warming your steps over stone floors.
Properly maintained area rugs also provide health benefits like improved air quality. The fibers in a rug create a static which draws dust, pollen and other allergens to itself thereby filtering your home breathing space.