Natural Carpets - The Benefits of a Wool
What's So Good About Buying Natural Wool
Natural carpets are often thought of as floor coverings constructed of coir,
jute, sea grass and sisal.
However, the premier natural carpet fibre of choice is wool.
To begin with, the only carpet fibre was wool.
For many consumers, a natural wool carpet is considered to be a luxury purchase.
However, with the rising cost of oil, the petrochemicals that synthetic fibres are made from are becoming more
expensive. As a result, this means that carpets made from natural fibres, in particular wool, become more
affordable and super value.
Wool is a natural, renewable resource. With increasing concerns by consumers
about the possible harm to the environment from chemicals and plastics, maybe a move to natural carpets is the
The Benefits of Wool As a Carpet Fibre
Natural wool carpets are soft, warm, luxurious and hard wearing. Experience has
shown that it's a very practical fibre to live with and easy to look after. It's the fibre that all synthetics are
Here are some of the reasons why:
1. Appearance Retention
Not only does a wool carpet look good, it has a natural bulky 'crimp' that keeps
it that way. The crimp in the fibre act almost like a mini shock absorber making it resilient and better able to
recover from heavy foot traffic. At the same time recovery from furniture pressure and compression marks is
excellent. As long as care is taken to select a tight pile density a wool carpet will stay looking good much longer
than a synthetic alternative.
The natural oil content in wool, lanolin, helps to provide soil resistance and
make it easy to clean.
A wool carpet is soft, warm, and cosy. It's also a natural sound and heat
insulator. Another benefit is it's a flame resistance; it singes rather than melts so, small burn marks can be
brushed away easily. Compare this to synthetic fibres that will melt, leaving hard, dark, molten ‘blobs’ in the
Wool fibre strands have a hard scaly surface which enable it to absorb moisture,
thus regulating ambient humidity and reducing the likelihood of static shocks.
3. Environmentally Friendly
As a natural fibre wool is sustainable, renewable and biodegradable. Because it's
not made from petrochemicals there are no toxic concerns and it is safe to recycle. This means that wool has the
least environmental impact of all the carpet fibres.
We can sum up the features and benefits of wool as follows:
o Long lasting
o Appearance retention
o Resilient – crimped fibre retains its shape
o Soft, warm and cosy
o Absorbs moisture to regulate humidity
o Reduces surrounding dryness and static
o Warm - a natural thermal insulator
o Reduces noise
o Resists dirt and stains
o Easy to clean
o Ease of Design - vibrant colours
o Flame resistant
o Natural fibre
o Renewable resource
o Non toxic
To own a wool carpet is regarded by many to be both satisfying and rewarding at
the same time.
Satisfying: because of its natural texture, soft feel and luxurious
Rewarding: because every purchase benefits the farming industry and the
For more information and advice about buying natural wool carpets, Sisal, Coir,
Jute, and Seagrass get your own copy of How To Buy
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