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The Wool Fiber In Area Rugs Has Many Advantages

It may surprise you to know that the wool fiber in area rugs has many advantages.   Wool is a renewable and biodegradable natural resource that comes from the coat of a sheep.  In today’s eco-friendly environment this is an essential advantage wool has over other fibers.   Sheep’s wool is the most important material in area rugs today. Wool is an amazingly sustainable area rug material because it comes from sheep that are fed on pastures and fueled by sunlight.   The very texture of wool makes everyday surface dirt less apparent, ensuring that the area rug will stay “cleaner looking” much longer than an area rug made from any other fiber.  In addition to this, wool is soft and luxurious with a  very strong attraction from dye, so colors will remain true and more resistant to everyday wear and tear.

Wool has a natural resilience

Wool’s natural resilience gives it the superior ability to spring back quickly withstand matting and crushing.   The wool fiber in area rugs has many advantages, including resisting wrinkles and soiling because the fiber is complex.   The multi-part fiber resists wear ensuring durability.   You will find that wool carpets are the healthiest choice when purchasing an area rug.   This is because wool doesn’t give off toxins known as volatile organic compounds, which are commonly released from synthetic fibers.   Wool is also non-allergenic and will not encourage the growth of bacteria or dust mites as some other fibers do.   The wool fibers in area rugs act as filters for dust, pollen, and spores keeping the air in your interior living space as fresh as possible.   Finally and most importantly, wool has the longest life of any carpet fiber.   A wool fiber can be bent back on itself more than thousands of times without breaking.   The natural elasticity of wool fibers makes woolen fabrics resistant to tearing.


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