Features & Benefits of Wool Rugs
Choosing a rug made from wool has many practicable benefits. As consumers become more ethically conscious, the choice of wool as a sustainable and eco-friendly product is gaining momentum.
Purchasing a wool rug may cost more and require further care and attention than synthetic rugs, however, the advantages of wool rugs will outweigh the extra cost. Wool is known to provide warmth and comfort, be dirt and soil resistant and biodegradable in soil, as well as being hypoallergenic, absorbent, fire resistant and fall friendly.
All textiles shed fibres, however, wool fibres biodegrade in soil and water and do not contribute to microplastic contamination. Wool is known to neutralise VOCs, volatile organic compounds, which are generally found in homes where synthetic materials are used. Choosing a rug made from wool adds to lowering a home’s impact on the environment.
Rugs made from the natural fibres such as wool can enrich home interiors. Wool is known as a quintessential comfort fabric it as represents natural warmth. Woollen rugs can give a room a homely sense of comfort and relaxation. Wool is highly flame resistance and an excellent sound insulating material. Putting all this together helps in creating quieter more peaceful spaces.
Being a natural, hypoallergenic and highly absorbent fibre, allows products made from wool to improve the air quality of a home. Wool rugs help remove humidity from the air. However, repeated exposure to water and spills can result in a wool rug becoming saturated. If left untreated, a wool rug that is exposed to large amounts of water over time can result in mildew forming, causing discolouration and an undesirable smell.
Wool is a high-performance fibre. If given proper care, wool rugs can be a lifelong investment. Wool is durable, however, regular foot traffic can affect the appearance of the rug.
Texture can transform the atmosphere of a room. Rugs that are hand-made from 100% wool offer a luxurious look and feel. The wool rugs featured on our website offer a variety in design, pattern, colour and pile. Wool rugs are hand-made or hand loomed, which feature inconsistencies due to the nature of its construction, adding an extra layer of rustic appeal.
Wool is naturally resistant to soiling but prone to being stained by non-oil-based liquids, for example wine and coffee. As wool is a keratin, products made from wool will not support the growth of mould. Another benefit of moisture wicking is that it creates a naturally anti-microbial environment. This helps to resist mould, mildew, and other environmental scents from infiltrating and destroying a wool rug.
If a wool rug becomes stained with alkaline chemicals, seek professional wool rug cleaning advice as soon as possible. Spills containing chemicals with a high PH can cause the wool fibres to harden, lose their colour and deteriorate quickly.
Being biodegradable allows woollen products, at the end of their use, to be composted, thus avoiding landfill. When composted, a wool fibre will naturally decompose in soil over a few years while slowly releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth. Woollen products also can be re-used or recycled due to its durability.
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