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Rug Padding. 

High quality Rug Pads/ rug padding for Oriental & Persian area rugs/ contemporary rugs & modern area rugs

SoCal Rug Masters does not only provide area rug cleaning and rug repair services in SoCal (Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside) but the right rug protection services for your valuable area rugs. Antique Oriental rugs represent serious investments, many of them just as expensive as collectible, original artworks and have to be maintained in order to extend their longevity and beauty. Choosing the right high quality rug pad for your Oriental rug resembles the framing a valuable painting: quality is key, as is the perfect fit, not just in terms of size, but also form and functionality.  

It is our mission to be experts in our industry so that we can help you make the right decisions when it comes to the right rug padding for your antique area rug. Ask for a rug appraisal and padding consulting today and our experts will suggest you the best type of padding to choose for your area rug. SoCal Rug Masters offers rug padding for wool rugs (such as Persian rugs, Oriental rugs, Tibetan rugs, Chinese Art Deco rugs, Chinese Peking rugs, and Navajo rugs), or silk rugs (Persian Qum or Kashan, Chinese silk rugs, and Viscose rugs).  


Why do your area rugs need rug pads for oriental / Persian antique and other area rugs?

Rug pads may seem like an after-thought, however they are absolutely essential for protecting both your floors and the rugs and carpets in your home. When it comes to valuable hand-knotted antique rugs, a high-quality rug pad is an absolute must. 

  • Rug pads protect your Oriental area rugs from damage caused by furniture and foot traffic by providing a layer of cushion and by absorbing shock and weight. 

  • Non-slip pads also keep rugs from slipping, wrinkling and bunching, which can not only cause tripping hazards but secondary events such as rip, and ruin rugs. 

  • By raising rugs off the floor (to varying degrees, depending on the rug pile) rug pads promotes air circulation and makes vacuuming easy which in turn reduce dirt and dust  - the number one cause of rug degradation

What padding materials and types work best for your antique area rug?

Antique Oriental and Persian rugs are made of the highest-quality natural fibers such as wool and silk which require a padding of similar quality, ideally natural materials. We provide both best quality polyester fabric padding, and sustainable natural rubber and felt (often made from recycled fibers) made in the USA according to the highest manufacturing standards. 

The rug pad choice (ratio grip to cushioning) depends on your area rugs pile and size. 

  • E.g., if your rug is a flatweave rug, particularly a small or medium size, you’ll be looking for more grip and moderate cushioning. 

  • For thicker, heavier pile or larger sized rugs in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms grip will likely be less important than cushioning. 

These are just examples. For choosing the right padding type and material, please request a consultation with our experts. Depending on the area rug assessment , So Cal Rug Masters will pick the adequate padding that serves your rug best. 


Rug Padding and Backing benefits for Area Rugs

Rug padding, also known as an underlay or underpadding, is a layer of cushioning material placed between an area rug and the floor underneath. While often overlooked, rug padding offers several important benefits that can help enhance the comfort, durability, and longevity of your rugs and floors.

Here are some key benefits of using rug padding:

  • Cushioning and Comfort: Rug padding provides an extra layer of cushioning under your rug, making it more comfortable to walk on. This can be especially beneficial for hard floors like tile, hardwood, or concrete, which can feel cold and hard underfoot.

  • Protection for Floors: Rug padding acts as a barrier between the rug and the floor, preventing the rug from rubbing against the floor's surface. This helps protect the floor from scratches, dents, and other potential damage that could be caused by the rug's movement and weight.

  • Enhanced Rug Durability: Rug padding reduces the impact of foot traffic and heavy furniture on the rug's fibers, thereby extending the rug's lifespan. The padding absorbs some of the force and friction that can lead to premature wear and tear.

  • Slippage Prevention: Rug padding helps keep your rug in place, preventing it from sliding or shifting on the floor. This not only makes your space safer but also reduces the need to constantly adjust the rug's position.

  • Noise Reduction: Rug padding absorbs impact and reduces noise caused by footsteps, making your living space quieter, especially in multi-story homes or apartments.

  • Even Surface: Rug padding creates a smoother and more even surface for your rug to lie on. This helps prevent ripples, wrinkles, and bulges that can develop over time without proper support.

  • Improves Vacuuming Effectiveness: Rug padding raises the rug slightly, creating a small gap between the rug and the floor. This allows for better airflow and more effective vacuuming, as the vacuum's suction can reach dirt and debris trapped beneath the rug.

  • Prevents Mold and Mildew: Some rug padding materials have antimicrobial properties that help inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. This is particularly important if your rug is placed in a damp or humid environment.

  • Easy Maintenance: Rug padding makes vacuuming and cleaning your rug easier by preventing the rug from bunching up or shifting during maintenance.

  • Adds a Layer of Insulation: Rug padding can provide a small degree of thermal insulation, helping to keep your space warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.


When choosing rug padding, consider factors like the type of flooring, the thickness of the rug, and the level of traffic in the area. There are various types of rug padding materials available, including rubber, felt, foam, and combination pads, each offering different levels of cushioning and grip. Investing in high-quality rug padding can significantly enhance your rug's performance and protect both your rug and flooring investment over time.

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