Why Choose Wool Carpets?
Those with a sense of style – and a sense of value – choose wool carpets and rugs. Why? Because wool simply looks beautiful, longer. Natural wool carpet ages gracefully, continually renewing itself and developing a rich patina as years pass. While synthetic fibers will become scratched, scarred and dull over time, wool carpets and rugs remain vibrant to the eye and supple to touch.
Wool is durable, beautiful, and provides comfort and safety — and it’s a renewable resource! The better the fiber, the better the carpet. Also, see how you can improve air quality and health with wool carpet and rugs!
The History Of Wool Carpets
Man has been using wool from sheep for a long time. Sheep were first domesticated over nine thousand years ago and introduced to Europe around 4000 BC. Wool has been used all this time to clothe people and to warm their homes.The reason wool has been used for so long is that it has many incredible features that nature has built-in over the centuries. For example wool can keep you warm when it is cold, and keeps you cool when it is hot. Wool is flame retardant and does not melt like nylon or polyester carpets. Wool carpets actually clean the air around them absorbing toxins and locking them in for up to thirty years. Wool carpets are even scientifically proven to be allergy safe and ideal for people suffering from asthma as they trap dust from the breathing zone.
Wool Carpets: A Smart, Allergy-Safe Flooring
Whether you choose wool carpets because they are ecological, beautiful or inherently superior to other carpet fibers, it is the natural choice for carpets and rugs in your home or commercial environment. It doesn’t matter if you are on the French Riviera, The Alps, or sunny San Diego; wool carpet performs wonderfully in all climates!
Wool carpets act as a natural air filter, trapping allergens such as dust and pollen and keeping them out of the breathing zone. Because most wool fibers are too long and too thick to be inhaled, wool carpet will not irritate the respiratory system or cause sneezing and other unpleasant allergic reactions. The materials used to make wool carpets are carefully selected to ensure that they present minimal health risks, making them perfect for those who suffer from allergies or asthma.
Berber carpet is a style of carpet that is inspired by the weaving style of the Berber people of North Africa and it is typically light in color with fleck of brown or gray throughout, This particular style is always woven with a specific loop pile technique that remains uncut, making it both versatile and durable. As Berber carpet has grown in popularity, it has become available in more colors and in solid patterns as well, meaning that you are bound to find something that suits your needs!
Your style demands high design and high performance; natural wool delivers, year after year after year.
Wool carpet is slip-resistant and comfortable to walk and stand on. The texture of the wool pile produces superior surface friction, which is important to maintaining good traction and grip as you walk. Wool’s unique structure and resilience provide the support and confidence necessary to maintain balance and coordination, which are particularly important for fall prevention for toddlers and the elderly.
Slips and stumbles are less likely with wool carpet underfoot, and should one occur, the natural softness and resilience of the pile will cushion the fall. In so doing, much of the damaging impact on the body, which could otherwise cause fractures or head injuries, are harmlessly absorbed by the carpet.
Wool offers valuable insurance for your family, as it is naturally resistant to burning. Wool carpets are used in aircraft and cruise ships because it’s high protein and moisture content make it difficult to set alight. If ignited, wool only burns weakly, limiting the spread of flame. Compared to synthetics, wool’s inherently low smoke emissions and low flame spread mean that it does not create such dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes. Wool self-extinguishes due to the upper pile forming a thick insulating char layer which inhibits fire. Wool does not melt which prevents the underlay contributing additional smoke, heat and toxic gases. If wool is exposed to high temperatures, it gives off a strong non-toxic odor which provides an early warning.
Do you experience a small, annoying “electric shock” when opening the door to get out of your car, or when you touch the filing cabinet in your office? This is the result of the discharge of static electricity. The natural moisture in wool carpet prevents the build-up of static. With wool carpet, you do not need to worry about unpleasant shocks. Wool carpets with added static resistant materials are excellent for sensitive individuals or locations housing electronic equipment such as computers.
Reduction of sound transmitted between floors, and your perception of sounds, depend on the frequency waves of the sound. Wool carpet will reduce sleep disturbances and noise distraction between bedrooms because of its natural ability to absorb a wider range of frequencies. The soft pile cushions the impact of footsteps, dropped objects and furniture movement, absorbing and muffling sounds.
Wool is soft to touch and provides a comfortable surface for you, your children and your pets. By choosing from the various styles available, you can select exactly the feel that you want. The natural resilience of wool makes it feel good to walk on. The crimp in wool acts like a coiled spring, gently absorbing each footstep. The pile structure provides both traction and stability, creating a comfortable and secure walking surface. Because wool has a natural texture it feels crisp rather than sticky like nylon.
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