Choosing a new carpet can be overwhelming. There’s so much choice. Apart from choosing the colour, there’s the pile. You’ll also need to decide between wool or man-made fibre. There are benefits to each, but which one is right for you? It will depend largely on your lifestyle and the area you intend to carpet.
We’ve got the lowdown on wool and man-made fibre carpets to help you make the right choice…
The benefits of a wool carpet.
100% wool carpets create a welcoming and luxurious feel in any room and are the ultimate statement of style and comfort. Wool is a natural and durable fibre. Wool has superior appearance retention and stays looking great over a longer period of time than manmade fibre. Its natural features also mean that it is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It’s naturally soil and stain resistant and is extremely resilient to wear. Wool is a popular choice due its longevity and general ease of maintenance.
Wool is also the renewable choice; it’s recyclable and biodegradable.
The benefits of a man-made carpet.
Man-made carpets come in two main types – nylon and polypropylene.
Nylon is a very strong and durable fibre. Due to the advanced manufacturing process of nylon carpets today, they are also resistant to flattening.
Polypropylene carpets are also extremely popular due to them being bleach cleanable – very appealing for parents of small children and animal owners. Polypropylene can be more prone to flattening over time; however, 2-ply yarns do significantly counter this.
The ‘best of both worlds’ - Wool blend carpets.
There’s a vast range of wool blend carpets. They typically comprise 80% wool and 20% man-made fibres. These carpets offer the authenticity of wool with great resilience to stain and wear.
What is the right choice for you?
Whatever your lifestyle, there’s a carpet for you. Carefully consider the pedestrian traffic that will pass through your carpeted area. A carpet for a hallway and stairs for example will require an extremely durable carpet that will tolerate heavy wear, whereas bedrooms and lounges might be the right environment for the luxury of a wool carpet.
So, will you go for a wool carpet or man-made fibre? We are here to help you decide.