Many people have never even heard of a fireplace rug but you can be assured that if you are going to burn either a wood burning fireplace or stove, unless you have an extended hearth, you should have a fireplace rug.
Many wood burning fireplaces have a hearth designed of granite or brick that extends out in front of the actual fireplace. While it may seem this is for appearance only, the fact is that it provides safety. When burning wood, regardless of the type, you will have some sparks or glowing embers that find their way out of the fireplace and onto your floor. This extended hearth protects your floor or carpet, greatly reducing the chance of fire. However, keep in mind that a burning fire should always be monitored no matter what.
Other types of hearths are not fireproof and can be found in older homes. A fireplace rug provides a protection from fire, just in case you experience flying sparks, hot cinders, or even a piece of wood that rolls out onto the floor and believe me, it happens far too often. Fireplace rugs are especially nice if you have good or new carpeting in your home. All it takes is one loose spark to cause a tremendous amount of damage.
Fireplace rugs come in all shapes with oval and arched being the most popular. Depending on the quality, you can find a nice fireplace rug costing anywhere from £30 to £200. However, when you take into consideration the thousands saved should there be a fire, a fireplace rug is well worth the investment.
You will find rugs in all colours and styles, offering something perfect for every room décor. You can easily find fireplace rugs that will enhance a country setting, a room of elegance and sophistication, or a contemporary or art deco designed room. Regardless of preferred style, there is a rug sure to please. If you have a larger area that seems to large to cover, no need to worry since many fireplace stores or accessory businesses on the Internet can custom make a fireplace rug to perfectly match your needs. These rugs are usually made of 100% wool and offer the best in durability and style.
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