Wool, anatural fibre, is one of the most commonly used materialin manufacture of rugs. Synthetic fibre is a stiff competitor in the rug market, but wool rugs have a special niche and are popular.
Here are the pros and cons of wool rugs.
• Wool works as a good insulator and adds warmth. Its softness gives a very cosy feeling.
• Wool being a resilient fibre, when compressed can retain its original form due to this texture retention property. Wool rugs can last for many years due to its durability.
• Wool is significantly flame resistant as it tends to char and not burn, leaving charred marks on the rug.
• Wool is soil resistant as the microscopic scales within the fibres disallow dirt from lodging between them and even if soiling occurs it gets masked because of dispersion of light caused by the scales.
• Wool acts a natural humidifier. In homes with rising humidity, excess moisture will be absorbed by the wool rugs. During dry days, the moisture within it is released. Wool rugs can sort of balance the moisture level at home to some extent.
• Not suited for extreme cold, damp places. As wool is highly absorbent, mould or mildew problems can manifest because of moisture retention.
• Wool is not very stain resistant due to its absorbent nature. Stains are difficult to clean if they arenot treatedquickly.
• Professional cleaning is required to prevent damage to the fibre. Improper maintenance can lead to shrinkage of fibre.
• Sheddingin wool rugs is bound to occurbut will reducegradually.
• Wool is not highly abrasion resistant.
• They are relatively expensive.
Wool rugs are suited for low activity houses. They are available in various designs and sizes. Their high price can be justified as they are long lasting when properly maintained.