A wool carpet can help a room retain aorund 10% more heat and so it can help reduce your fuel bills. Quite apart from that, on the practical side, wool carpets are easy to clean, their pile is resilient and doesn’t flatten easily and so, naturally they look better for longer and also last longer than carpets made from synthetic materials. They also add a touch of comfort to a room because they are so soft underfoot!
Wool-rich carpets are a popular choice as they provide morre durability and stain resistance than many other types of carpet.
Thanks to it’s environment (which we all complain about at some time or another), Britain produces some of the best carpet wool in the world. The harsh conditions in which Britain’s sheep survive means that they grow thick wool for protection from the elements and this provides us with an ideal carpet wool which can withstand the rigours of daily living.
British wool has more resilience than most other carpet wools because of the high degree of ‘natural crimp’ in the fibre, which helps it withstand heavy pressure (such as when they are trodden on), so this resilience helps to maintain the appearance of the carpet.
It is a truly ‘green’ fibre – is annually renewable, and so this particular natural resource does not harm the planet.
Wool has natural insulating properties, which means that a wool carpet can help reduce heat loss, condensation and noise, providing improved air quality and a cosy home environment.
Wool is naturally flame-resistant and produces less toxic fumes than most other household materials, which makes it a safe product.
Wool carpets are easily maintained as they have an in-built resistance to soiling because of the natural oils retained in the wool. They can also be cleaned easily and thoroughly.
Some disadvantages of wool carpets
Wool carpets have some small disadvantages: one is that they fadein the sun and the another is that they absorb water. You should not put a wool carpet in any room that gets constant strong sunlight. Exposing the carpet to a little sunlight isn’t a problem, of course. Because a wool carpet holds waterit can be prone to mildew, so you should avoid laying a wool carpet in any rooms with moisture problems.
Some advantages of wool carpets
Wool is the luxury carpet fibre and has the most advantages of all the carpet fibres. However, wool carpets can be expensive and they need to be laid carefully. A wool carpet is clearly distinct from, and more distinguished-looking than, those made from other high-end fibers, such as nylon and Smartstrand. Not only is wool a natural fibre that does no harm to the environment, but it also feels good, it’s fire-resistant and it is also durable. A wool carpet is more likely to outlive you than a carpet made from any other curently known fibre.
Wool is unique because it combines softness with springiness. Whereas many soft carpets crush easily, a wool carpet keeps its looks and resilience for years.