Putting an area rug on a floor without underlayment or padding can result in damage to the rug as well as danger to those who walk on it, because of slippage. Padding’s vary, and selecting the right one is important.
Generally, the thicker padding used beneath area rugs is made of hair, jute, felt, thick synthetic foam or rubber. Very thin padding is usually made of rubber or nonskid vinyl’s, can also be used. For correct sizing, they should be bought at the same time as the rug. Good-quality padding protects the rug, especially in heavily trafficked areas. The life of an Oriental rug can be doubled with the use of a good-quality pad.