Coarse wool is considered a premium fibre used in the manufacturing of both rugs and carpets.
Wool is a high-end option, but when you compare the longevity verse the initial investment, it is very cost effective. It should be noted that there are different levels of quality when pricing rugs, the quality of fibre used and the density of weave is usually reflected in the price of the rug.
Wool is the premium natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre.
Coarse or strong wool amounts to forty-one per cent of the world’s wool production.
Strong wool from New Zealand is considered superior as it is of a finer quality: the wool is whiter and therefore guarantees vibrant and bright colours when dyed and is highly sort after by the leading rug and carpet manufacturers of the world. Whilst European wool is slightly coarser and less white, which is used to create the typical wool colours when dyed.
Coarse wool fibres are larger in diameter and longer in length; which is why they are the staple yarn used in wool carpeting.
Breeds that produce strong or coarse wool come from the cooler, wetter climates such as New Zealand. New Zealand sheep are also raised on open pastures and are open grass-fed sheep, because of this practice New Zealand wool has a higher lanolin content which makes the fibres stronger, more insulating and naturally soil and dirt resistant.
There are five benefits to using wool in an interior situation
•comfort and durability
•easy to maintain
There are also environmental advantages to consider when buying a wool rug or carpeting. The primary ones are wool is a natural fibre and a renewable material. However, products made from wool are very durable with a long lifespan and need less cleaning– which is better for the environment as it cuts down on water and detergent usage. Wool is one of the most recycled fibres and bio-degrades easily. In addition, wool carpeting acts as a filter for air pollutants; trapping particles, which are then removed with vacuuming. This can be of great assistance for people with allergies and asthma.
Carpetbinders Ltd and it’s Rugs For All division supports the New Zealand Wool industry and the strong wool farmers in our rural regions. It has made a conscious decision to mainly offer woollen rugs on our online store for purchase.