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4 How to choose perfect natural textiles for your dream interiors? (Wool)

Wool is a natural material that is the hair of animals. It is considered to be superlative when it comes to quality. The quality of wool is determined by fibre length, diameter, lustre, colour and age of the sheep. It is commonly used for upholstered furnishings, draperies, wall coverings, blankets and carpets.


Pros:


1 Comfort and Warmth

Wool exhibits higher thermal retention, resulting in more warmth.


2 Durability and Strength

Wool fibres can produce strong yarns. Wool carpet is manufactured from the wool derived from sheep. The fibre's high elongation and excellent elastic recovery contribute to wool's durability.


3 Wrinkle Free

Wool is the most resilient fibre as it has excellent elastic recovery that helps it keep its shape and bounce back to its original shape if it's stretched.


4 Absorbency

Wool can absorb up to 30% of its original weight in moisture without feeling damp. The wool fabric remains absorptive and comfortable inside because its outer surface releases moisture through evaporation to the outer atmosphere.


Wool carpets and draperies can absorb sound and insulate well.


5 Natural Insulator

Wool fibre helps you keep your body at the optimal temperature zone for the right level of comfort. It is cool in the summer and warm in the winter.


6 Fire Resistance

Wool is naturally self-extinguishing because it contains moisture in each fibre.


7 Dirt and Soiling Resistance

Wool does not attract dust, so it stays cleaner than other fabrics.


8 Sustainability

Wool is a renewable resource that can be shorn from sheep every year. It is biodegradable and kind to the environment.


9 Longevity

Wool has a long lifespan due to its durability.



Cons:


1 High Cost

Wool's price varies based on the source of the wool. However, the most desirable wool carpet cost up to twice as much as nylon and polyester.


2 Mildew

Since wool tends to absorb water, so it is prone to form mildew.


3 Cleaning

Water-based spills on wool carpets are easy to clean, while oil-based spills are hard to clean. It may tend to permanently stain, so it requires special cleaning and care by a professional carpet cleaner.


4 Discomfort

Some varieties of wool can be itchy.


5 Colour Fading

Wool carpet tends to fade in colours if it's exposed to direct sunlight over time.


6 Shrinkage

Wool shrinks with heat and moisture.



Maintenance:

  • Regular vacuum cleaning.

  • Preventing fading from exposing to direct sunlight.

  • Steam-cleaning your wool carpet once a year,


Conclusion:

Wool carpet is a great choice for any home, as it is the classic and natural carpet with supreme quality as well as rich colours and patterns. It is luxuriously soft underfoot, warm, long-lasting, insulative and resistant to dirt. It is more expensive than synthetic alternatives due to its quality, special care and cleaning. However, Wool delivers all the benefits that you pay for.





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