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
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 colors 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.