Rugs have been woven by artisans for thousands of years. They provide a simple floor covering that can be both comforting to the touch and appealing to the eye. Whether used as a colorful accent, safe traction for a hallway or as protection from heavy furnishings, rugs are extremely helpful. They come in a variety of synthetic or natural fibers, vibrant colors or neutral tones and patterns of all types. They can be used in any room of the house or outdoors, if they are made of weather-resistant materials.