When it comes to finding the perfect rug for your place there is already a lot to consider: color, pattern, size, texture. When you finally find the rug, you probably don't want it to fall part or "ugly out" right away. So I suggest looking into the fiber used to produce the rug you love before you move forward with your next rug purchase.
There are several smart materials that produce great rugs. Silk for example is strong and super soft. But, unfortunately, silk is not water friendly. So for busy families or folks with pets or spill happy partners, silk might not be the best option. Jute is another great rug making material. Even though jute is a strong natural fiber and quickly renewable it will eventually break down and need to be replaced.
The very best rug making material is soft, strong, naturally resilient and easy to clean. Here's the bottom line about rugs: wool rocks. And a hand knotted wool rug is built to last.
There are four major characteristics of wool that make it the very best rug making material:
1. It’s durable.
Wool is a really strong fiber and it can withstand a lot of abuse underfoot.
2. It has a natural spring.
Wool will naturally spring back up after being pressed down. That means the areas where you walk over and over won't wear down very easily, like it will with synthetic fibers.
3. Stains resistant
Even though wool isn’t impervious to stains, it is naturally resistant to soiling—and quite quick and easy to clean up.
4. It's soft to the touch.
Wool is a super soft fiber, which makes it a great fiber for walking and playing on.
5. Bonus features.
Wool is also fire-retardant and mildew resistant.
All in all, wool is the go-to fiber for producing beautiful rugs made to perform and last. Ready to browse a few wool rug options? Most of our rugs are made from wool. Check out our entire rug collection here.
The oldest carpet discovered is of course, made from wool!
Pazyryk carpet, Circa 400 BC. Discovered in Pazyryk, Siberia.