When traditional artisan craftsmanship combines with new technologies to create a contemporary 100% wool area rug, the benefits are plenty. The result is a beautiful, durable, practical product guaranteed to give you many years of pleasure. Here, we have compiled a list of the many benefits of owning a 100% wool area rug.
1. AESTHETIC APPEAL
The attractiveness of a wool rug is the very first thing you will notice, with your rug instantly adding a touch of warmth and luxury to your home. There is just something so appealing about the look of a 100% wool rug compared with a synthetic one.
The feel of your 100% wool rug is another obvious plus. Whether walking, standing, sitting or lying on a wool rug, they provide excellent comfort, feeling oh-so soft and warm underneath you.
3. HEALTH BENEFITS
Less obvious are the many health benefits that wool rugs provide. Wool is a natural material, which is hygienic and non-allergenic.
It is a great choice for asthma sufferers or those with sensitivities or allergies, because wool rugs are excellent at filtering air pollutants such as pollen, dust and fungal spores, aiding respiration.
The scales of wool’s fibres trap fine dust and dirt in their layers until you vacuum, limiting the amount of particulate floating in the air.
The fibres also deter the growth of bacteria and dust mites, and they do not release harmful gases, unlike many synthetic fibres.
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4. NATURAL AIR HUMIDIFIER
Did you know wool is a natural ‘smart’ fibre, helping to balance the atmosphere in your home? This means it absorbs humidity and releases it back into the air when the air is dry.
Because wool fibres soak up the water vapour in the air, they act as a natural air humidifier for your home.
5. ERGONOMIC BENEFITS FOR SAFETY
Another benefit of wool rug is its pile texture; a wool rug provides excellent surface friction, which assists in maintaining a good grip and posture when you walk.
This is especially helpful for toddlers who are learning to walk, as it supports their balance and coordination.
The extra grip also contributes to accident prevention by helping you avoid slipping on a bare floor. If you or your kids do have a fall onto a wool rug, it will also help cushion you from injury.
6. FLAME RESISTANCE
Wool fibres are naturally flame-resistant without requiring the addition of fire-retardant chemicals. Unlike synthetic rugs, which can be extremely dangerous, a wool rug will not melt if it comes into contact with heat.
If wool comes in contact with fire, it is extremely slow to ignite, and even has the ability to self-extinguish smouldering due to its upper pile, the thick insulating char layer that inhibits fire.
This will give you great peace of mind, particularly when used in your children’s rooms.
7. DURABILITY AND ENDURANCE
Your wool rug is a great investment, as its luxurious look will last for years without showing signs of ageing.
The fibres have an intrinsic resilience and are able to withstand heavy foot traffic, thanks to wool’s natural crimp, which enables ‘bounce back’.
Amazingly, wool fibres are able to stretch more than 35% and will still return to their original shape. This elasticity means that your rug will quickly recover from crushing, indents, pile compression or tracking marks caused by feet or furniture.
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8. STAIN RESISTANCE
Compared with synthetic fibres, wool fibres have a 30% higher rate of stain resistance, thanks to the natural light lanolin coating on the surface of wool fibres which prevents dirt and stains from penetrating deeply.
This means that most soiling remains on the surface and is easy to remove.
9. WATER RESISTANCE
Similarly, water doesn’t easily penetrate wool fibres, providing a natural protective barrier.
10. WOOL DYES ARE FADE RESISTANT
The processes used to dye wool ensure the colours are fade resistant.
Unless constantly exposed to direct sunlight, you can expect barely any fading of your beautifully coloured wool rug.
11. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Wool rugs act as an insulator helping to keep your home warm and contributing to your energy efficiency efforts.
12. NOISE CANCELLATION
Wool rugs absorb sound and muffle echoes and family noise.
13. RESISTANCE TO STATIC ELECTRICITY
Honestly, who likes getting zapped?
14. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FIBRE
Wool is a fully sustainable, renewable fibre. Sheep grow their wool all year around, keeping them warm in the colder months before the wool is shorn in the summertime.
Shearing is a vital part of caring for the animals, while ensuring a fresh supply of wool for the wool industry each year.
Unlike many synthetic products, wool products are also recyclable. Once your wool rug has served your family for many years, instead of going to landfill it can be transformed into other products.
Alternatively, wool rugs are also biodegradable in soil, producing nitrogen, sulphur, carbon dioxide, all of which are plant nutrients.
The energy costs of creating wool products are also far lower than for synthetic fibres, greatly reducing the carbon footprint for producing wool products. All up, it’s one of the most environmentally friendly flooring products you can hope to find.
15. HUGE RANGE OF DESIGN OPTIONS
Our 100% wool rugs are beautifully handmade by our talented artisans in a huge range of styles and colours.
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16. EASY TO CLEAN
Another great benefit of 100% wool rugs is that they are low-maintenance. All that is required to keep your wool rug looking beautiful is a light weekly vacuuming.
With time, this even improves the quality of the rug, as wool rugs initially shed a few fibres. With simple upkeep through regular vacuuming, this shedding effect fades, leaving your rug in better condition.
In case of spills, most can simply be cleaned up with a little warm water and a light blotting. There’s no need for chemical cleaning products, making wool rugs an excellent health-conscious choice for your home. You can go here to see on how to clean felt ball rug.
There are plenty more benefits for using wool area rugs. If we have missed anything, don’t forget to leave a comment below.
Thank you for reading and hope this has helped you in understanding the benefits of wool area rugs.