Natural wool offers amazing insulating properties. Anyone who has worn a wool sweater can attest to how well wool insulates. If you dread cold floors in the winter, then wool carpet is for you! It’s ideal in rooms situated over cold garages or basements as well.
Wool is naturally fire-resistant. The flame-retardant properties of wool are well known. This is why some people choose wool for their bedding or their children’s bedding.
Natural wool carpet is stain-resistant. There is no need to spray stain-resistant chemicals on wool carpet. Like the natural dyes, this stain resistance is a benefit for those with allergies or chemical sensitivities.
Wool offers extremely durability. The fibers of wool carpet have a natural spring-like shape, like curly hair - which it is! This provides a great deal of “bounce back” from daily wear. Wool’s long term durability helps to offset its initial cost.
Wool carpet is naturally water-resistant. If you have ever spilled water on a wool rug, you’ve seen how it beads. The water sits on top of the fibers for a while, giving you ample time to get a rag or paper towel.
Another thing about wool’s resistance to moisture is its “wick effect.” While it resists water, when it does absorb moisture it does so within the fibers themselves. Thus, when wool does get wet, it often does not feel damp to the touch.
Wool carpet comes in endless design options. You may think of wool carpet as invariably white or off-white, but there are quite a few colors and patterns to choose from.
Natural wool is a renewable resource. Wool is sheared off of the sheep every year. It grows back in time to keep the sheep warm for the winter, and then summer is shearing season. Carpet made from synthetic fibers often contains petroleum products, and petroleum is a non-renewable resource. Wool, on the other hand, renews itself quite rapidly!
Overall, choose wool carpet for comfort. Wool carpet is soft, comfortable and supports weight very well. As noted above, it springs back well from foot traffic. It’s a good choice for people with pain or stiffness in their weight-bearing joints.