What are rug pile thickness and height?

While purchasing a rug, we mostly focus on its aesthetic value – the combination of colours, the design, and whether it matches other decorative elements and furniture in the room. At the same time we want a durable product that will serve us for years. Textile properties determine the quality of the rug – they define its resistance to staining and mechanical damage. Rug pile plays an important role here. What do we need to know about it?


Pile thickness of a wool rug


The rug pile defines its durability and quality. Some of its basic values are thickness and height. Let us start from the pile thickness. It is the number of textile points per square metre of the product. In the case of a wool rug, the pile thickness is somewhere between 100 to even 600 thousand fibres, also called tufts.


This parameter is what defines the flexibility and elasticity of our rug. The thicker the product, the more resistant it is to visible deformations, caused e.g. by the weight of furniture. The pile thickness is surely a key feature when you are choosing a rug for your children’s room, where parents spend a lot of time with their children in a sitting position.


Wool rug and pile height


In order to meet the expectations of our clients, the Agnella company offers rugs with incredibly varied pile height. One of the propositions in the offer are rugs with very short pile height, reaching only a couple of millimetres maximum. This type of product works perfectly in halls, where rugs are particularly exposed to staining and mechanical damage. The geometric WALTO design from the Noble collection, or another rug from that collection – the TEJAT rug, inspired by nature – are some of the models where the pile height is between 6 and 9 millimetres.



Another group that can be distinguished in the terms of pile height are rugs where the textile base is no longer than 13 millimetres. Models with this type of pile are a perfect choice for living rooms, where we can appreciate their softness as well as their functionality. In this group we would like to draw your attention to a colourful, patterned composition – the ANATO from the Calisia collection, or the AWITI rug from the Calisia M collection – both of which are more toned-down in terms of the richness of the patterns and colours.



Structured rugs produced by our company have been popular for years; in these rugs the cut pile interweaves with the uncut loop pile, as well as with flat weaving. Innovative technology combined with toned-down colours result in an interesting spatial effect and rugs made using this technology are characterised with a diverse texture. An example of such a rug is the light-coloured SUN rug from the Noble collection. Its minimalistic style perfectly accentuates modern interiors, especially those designed in a Scandinavian style.



Choosing a rug is both a matter of taste and the ability to match its style and shape to the room that should be completed by it. It is also worth remembering about some important factors that will be indicative of the quality of our choice. No matter whether we prefer high-pile or low-pile rugs, we should bear in mind the thickness – this parameter is incredibly important in terms of the comfort of use and durability of a wool rug.