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Nylon and Polyester:

What is the difference: 

Nylon and polyester are both lightweight and durable synthetic fabrics that share many of the same properties, such as easy care, wrinkle resistance, stretch resistance and shrink resistance.  Nylon is softer than polyester (Nylon was created as a substitute for silk) but also stronger, while polyester is faster drying, easier to dye and adrasion resistant.  Neither is a better fabric, though each has uniquely superior attributes. 

What it means: 
600 denier polyester refers to a type of polyester thread that has 600 twists in a length of 2.52 centimetre.  A higher denier value indicates that the material is stronger, rough and thick.  
It is therefore then safe to say that a 420 denier NYLON rug would be stronger then a 600 denier POLYESTER rug. However it is very unfair to judge these two fabrics "pound for pound". 

Both nylon and polyester are strong and lightweight due to their Polymer-based construction.  However Nylon is the stronger of the two fabrics.  Although not as strong Polyester resists pilling (the small balls that form on fabric).  This does not weaken the fibres, it is not as aesthetically pleasing to look at. 

UV Protection: 
Nylon is stronger right? However in the presence of UV, it will breakdown and start to degrade much faster then polyester.  Polyester naturally inhibits UV.  So although it is weaker at the start it holds up longer over time. 

All our rugs are fully protected so when we refer to time we mean over a 15 year period. 

Water Wicking Ability: 
When it comes to Fast Drying Fabrics, Polyester has the edge.  Both are naturally hydrophobic, which means they expel water, ideally to the surface of the garment where it will be evaporate. 

Anti-Bacterial Lining: 
This is a coating that is put onto the fibres in the rug that stops bacteria sticking to the fabric making it more hygenic  for you to handle, your horse or pony. 

Lasting Colour: 
Polyester absorbs more colour faster than Nylon due to the same properties that made it better at wicking water.  Dyed polyester expels water in the dye but not the dye itself, which bonds with the fibres.  Nylon absorbs water, resulting in less dye bonding to the fibres. 

Oxford Cloth: 
a cotton or synthetic fabric, in plain, twill or basket weave, constructed on a pattern of two fine yarns woven as one warpwise and one loosely twisted yarn crosswise. 

Easy Care: 
Both Polyester and Nylon are easy-care Fabrics that can be machine washed and dried, through low heat is recommended.  

We recommend that when washing our rugs to use a Equine Detergent and wash at 30 degree.  

Green Concerns: 
Nylon is more difficult to recyle than polyester.  There are more ways to recycle polyester then there is for nylon.