What should you keep in mind when it comes to wool rugs?

There are plenty of reasons to choose wool rugs for your next commercial carpet project. Wool, a natural fiber, is known for being durable, stain and dent resistant, energy efficient, and comfortable in a way simply second to none.

At its best, wool rugs are remarkably long-lasting – remaining vibrant in color and condition – for long periods of time with very little maintenance.

However, to ensure all these qualities, it is important that you choose high-quality wool rugs, made with the proper manufacturing method.

Quality of wool

When you’re considering a wool rug, before you buy, be sure to ask your carpet manufacturer about the quality of the particular rug you’re considering. The quality of the wool can vary quite a bit, making the difference between a rug you love and a waste of money.

The benefits that you can reap from wool only stand if you can be sure that the wool rug you have chosen is of high enough quality. Be aware, higher quality can also affect the price. However, this extra expense is necessary if you want to get all the benefits of choosing wool rugs in the first place.

In general, when you are considering the quality of wool, you should consider three main factors: the length of the yarn, the purity of the yarn, and the color of the wool. Let’s take a closer look at these three variables:

Length of yarn

The length of the fibers in a wool carpet is a good indication of the strength of the carpet. The longer the yarn, the stronger the wool. With shorter fibers, you can’t be sure you’ll get the same durability as the famous wool rug in your final rug.

Purity of yarn

When choosing wool rugs, you also need to make sure you choose pure wool. Any imperfections in the wool will be evident in the final rug.

Color of wool

You should also pay attention to the color of the wool when choosing wool rugs. The lighter the wool you choose, the easier it will be to achieve a pure and uniform color in your carpet design. Many manufacturers try to lighten their wool by bleaching it. While bleaching wool lightens it, it also degrades the fibers, making for an inferior product. We strongly advise against choosing wool that has been bleached.

Shoot and install len

In addition to ensuring high-quality wool, you also need to pay attention to the manufacturing processes, such as spinning and setting the wool, to be sure you get a final rug you’re happy with.

Setting of len

Likewise, the setting of the wool is important to the ultimate durability of the carpet. When you put wool inadvertently, the fibers will come apart, affecting the durability of the carpet, as the fibers have to work individually. However, when you lay the wool, the yarns will stay intact, meaning the fibers can bond and work together to create a sturdy final product.

Avoid shading or inverting piles in your wool carpet
When you ensure that your wool rugs are of high quality and have been pulled and laid correctly, you are protecting them from a phenomenon called shading, also known as pile reversal. This is when the carpet pile becomes flat because of a lack of structural integrity, due to low strength.

Shade is an issue, as it means you won’t be as durable as wool is commonly known. Above this, however, it will also dramatically change the look of the rug, making it look darker – or even damp – in the affected areas.

Low-quality wool rugs are shiny and can occur immediately after carpet installation. This means that even if you did save money by buying lower quality wool, that savings is essentially gone, as your final rug is not up to your standards and will unstable.

Conversely, when you buy high-quality wool – and make sure it’s been pulled and laid properly – you can pay more up front, but you’ll have a satisfactory product for years to come.

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