Living Room / October 6, 2018 / Adaline Faure.
Wool carpet is gorgeous, durable, and luxurious and feels great underfoot. It also comes in beautiful, subtle shades as yet unmatched in synthetic fibers simply because wool accepts a broader range of colored dyes better than any other material.
Made from hair shorn from sheep, then spun, woven or twisted into the carpet, wool survives longer and looks better than any other carpet material on earth. If you doubt this, look at the antique Oriental rugs sold by antique dealers and displayed in museums some are 200 years old and more!
Because wool is dark fiber, it hides soil better than synthetics and stands up better in high-traffic areas; check out the high-end carpeting in 5-star hotels, shops, and restaurants, and you'll invariably find they are made of wool. Wool is more magnificent absorbency makes it easy to clean with water and steam because moisture causes wool fibers to swell and release dirt.
So what are the disadvantages to wool carpeting? Well, wools excellent absorbency also means that carpets made from wool stain easily, especially when acidic liquids such as wine are involved. The colors in wool carpet can fade from sun exposure over time more than the colors in synthetics.
Wool carpeting can also pill just as wool sweaters do, and contrary to popular belief, wool carpet does not repel dust mites or reduce the number of allergens in the home. The fact is that although bare floors are touted as keeping allergens under control, just about any carpet will minimize allergen exposure if it is kept clean. The reason is that any rug can act as a dust-trapper, while bare floors keep air and dust moving, which holds more allergens in the air as well.
The biggest argument against wool carpeting for most people, though, is its high cost. Wool carpeting usually costs more than $100 per square yard when you consider that you can buy synthetic carpeting for less than a tenth of that, wool doesn't look like much of a bargain. FYI: The high cost of yarn comes from the costs associated with processing and preparing the fiber to be a made into carpet, not the cost of the sheep's wool itself. However, when measuring the values of wool carpeting against carpeting made from synthetic materials, bear in mind that wools longer lifespan means you won't need to re-carpet as soon if you choose yarn.