Wool Carpets – Superior Flooring Surface
Wool is a natural fiber that has an inbuilt resistance to soiling due to its natural oils and its outer surface of microscopic scales an as a result additional anti-soil treatments are not necessary.Wool carpet will provide superior performance over many years as it can offer unique resilience and long lasting durability.
Wool carpet adds luxurious underfoot and warmth to the home and acts as insulator improving heat retention and energy efficiency.
“Four things that make Wool Carpets so great”.
Colour – wool absorbs dye well, and can be coloured in a wide spectrum of shades. It facilitates colour depth and brightness and ensures clarity and definition of design. These aspects are particularly important in contract carpets where designs are intricate and use many colours for impact.
Appearance and feel – wool has a luxurious appearance and a natural, wholesome feel. It offers excellent tuft formation and the spring in the wool fibres ensures that individual tufts bloom well on cut pile carpet.
Resilience – the fibre’s natural crimp gives wool extraordinary elasticity. It can stretch up to 30% of its length and revert to its original form. Wool fibres resist compression and recover their shape much more fully than any man-made fibres. Crush resistance also reduces the likelihood of colour change due to flattening of a carpet. Resistance to compression is particularly important in high traffic areas and for installations which are subject to wheeled traffic such as casinos and health care facilities.
Abrasion Resistance – wool’s soil resistance helps to minimise wear caused by the abrasion of dirt against carpet fibres. (The abrasion resistance of wool is further enhanced by the addition of nylon in MasterWeaver axminster carpets)
Stain Repellancy – the cuticle of the wool fibre is covered with a fine, water-repellent membrane which gives it a natural resistance to liquids. This serves to delay the penetration of the liquid down into the pile, thus allowing time for the spillage to be blotted.
Soil Resistance and Ease of Cleaning – the fibre’s outer layer is like a protective covering of overlapping scales which trap dust and dirt near the surface where they can be easily vacuumed away. Wool attracts less dust than other fibres because of its low static nature. Wool recovers well from stress under the influence of water and professional wet cleaning revives the pile while removing soil.
The resistance of a carpet to the spread of flame is determined by the fibers used, the type and density of construction and the presence of an underlay.
Because of the high protein and moisture content in wool, it is naturally resistant to ignition so that cigarette burns, burning embers and lit matches do not cause serious damage. The charred tips of the wool fibers are easily rubbed off, unlike some man-made fibers which melt into a molten mass.
Slow Ignition Rate
Wool is often specified for high safety areas because it has a slow ignition rate, low flame spread and self extinguishes within seconds. Wool also contributes less to smoke or toxic gas formation than other carpet pile fibers. These properties make wool ideal
Wool is a natural, renewable resource produced using environmentally friendly, energy- efficient methods in areas which are generally unsuitable for other purposes.
Wool is recyclable as either a textile composite or for agricultural uses. Under normal conditions wool will degrade and provide fertilising properties in soil. It is significantly more environmentally friendly than man-made fibers when measured according to the use and depletion of natural resources, as well as the cost to the environment of manufacture and disposal.
And best of all no animal is harmed during sheering process.