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The advantages of wool
Given wool has been used in rugs for hundreds of years, you could say that wool rugs have stood the test of time. The huge variety of coloured wool yarns and their wide availability means that wool can be woven into any number of intricate designs, which is a big contributor to their popularity. Wool is also a very durable fibre, which is perfect for high traffic areas and taking the load of heavy furniture without wearing thin. Soft and luxurious under foot, wool rugs are also very good sound and heat insulators.
The natural oils in wool help the rugs repel stains and soiling. However, it's still a good idea to clean messy spills as soon as possible in case they become difficult to remove. Wool traps loose dust and debris deep in its woven fibres until vacuuming, and it's effective in deterring the growth of bacteria and dust mites. Biodegradability means you won't be contributing to landfill when - or if - you decide to discard your wool rug for a new one.
A wool rug or a synthetic rug?
The popularity of synthetic rugs has gained on wool in recent years. So, which do you choose - a synthetic or wool rug? Here are some deciding factors you may like to consider.
Compared to synthetic rugs - acrylics, polyester and polypropylene - that only last a few years, a wool rug could be in the family for 50 years or more. This means, if you choose wool, you're likely to pay a bit more but the extra cost will be returned in longevity. If you're thinking you'd like to change your rug with trends, then you might opt for a synthetic rug as the more economical option.
Wool rugs have a more organic texture, similar to other natural fibres, like cotton and jute, whereas man-made fibres feel smoother and even artificial in their 'perfection'. Think about the texture you prefer and what works in terms of its placement in the home.
Wool definitely has the edge on synthetic fibres when it comes to durability. If you have a home with kids and pets, a wool rug is less likely to show dirt, dust and animal dander. But a synthetic rug can usually be washed in your washing machine, which will shrink and ruin a wool rug.
Synthetic fibres work better in colder climates, while wool can't tolerate the extreme cold. During summer or hotter weather, wool helps regulate the environment in your home, keeping it comfortable.
A good quality wool rug will definitely cost you more but, if the advantages of wool work for you, then you will be spending your money wisely.
Find the right wool rugs at Spotlight
Ready to purchase? Read our buying guide about placing rugs and mats in different areas across the home. Click through our range of wool rugs online, as well as other of rugs, floor mats and accessories, door mats, doorstops, hall runners, and floor accessories. Alternatively, head into a Spotlight store to see what's available and speak with one of our friendly customer service team who'll be happy to answer your questions.