Wool – the ultimate floor covering?

As you may have noticed we’re huge fans of all things wool. Yes, this organic, all-natural material is a wondrous fibre that unlocks a long list of benefits for your wardrobe and your home.

Those wool wardrobe staples provide great year-round comfort, keeping you warm on those midsummer evenings and extra toasty on those cold winter days.

In the home, wool can be used to add colour and texture to a space courtesy of some well-positioned wool cushions or blankets. Whilst in the bedroom, a wool bedspread could be your route to an even better night’s sleep.

But there’s another way to use wool in the home that can provide even longer-lasting warmth, softness and safety.

Wool carpets have been used for centuries and whilst, in the modern age, people have a wider array of floor coverings to choose from, wool remains the best pick.

Here we explore the wonders of wool carpets so you can discover the perfect floor covering for your home.

It’s great for your home and the planet

Wool’s super sustainable nature is one thing we’re always keen to celebrate. It is the ultimate eco-friendly material as it’s grown in nature and its procurement is completely animal friendly. The wool fibres themselves are biodegradable as Woolmark explains:

“Wool is a natural and renewable resource. As long as there is grass to eat, sheep will continue to produce wool.

When wool is disposed of, it will naturally decompose in soil in a matter of months or years, slowly releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth.

Synthetic fibres, on the other hand, can be extremely slow to degrade and significantly contribute to the world’s overflowing landfills.”

By investing in a wool carpet you’re saying “no” to the landfill filling synthetic fibres that are causing environmental issues, and “yes” to a timeless, natural material that’s making a positive impact on the planet.

It’s soft, warm and delicate yet built to last

Wool carpets just radiate warmth. Wool’s strong insulation and low static are just two of the reasons why wool is an excellent choice for home insulation. When used as a carpet, these qualities make for a tremendously pleasant underfoot experience.

The texture of wool can enhance not just the look but the feel of an entire room, but don’t underestimate its durability.

Wool carpets are built to last, and whether you’re going for a pure wool carpet or a wool/synthetic mix, it’s tough enough to cope with the pressures of the busiest family home.

The resilience of each tiny wool fibre also makes it particularly resistant to indents and distortion. Even fibres flattened by furniture will spring back to their original state in just a few hours once the weight has been removed.

The key to making it last even longer is choosing a good quality wool carpet and taking great care of it. Make sure you clean your floor covering regularly to prevent the build-up of dirt and debris that diminishes the appearance and texture of your luxurious wool carpet.

It’s healthier and safer for you and your home

The hypoallergenic nature of wool will mean everyone who lives under your roof will breathe much easier with the installation of a wool carpet.

Asthma and allergy sufferers, as well as those with sensitive skin, are less likely to have a reaction or see symptoms exacerbated with a wool carpet.

The fibres are naturally antibacterial and antifungal as well as moisture-wicking to ensure odours can be quashed and great breathability can continue.

From a safety point of view, wool carpets reign supreme too. Due to their high nitrogen and water content, wool fibres are naturally flame resistant and can stem the spread of a fire, should one break out within your home. They’re also water-resistant and as a result wool carpet will appear dry even if humidity is high in the surrounding atmosphere.

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