So you have decided you want carpet, but which type is right for you? In a world of choice, this blog has been created to help you understand the benefits and weaknesses of natural, man-made and mixed fibre carpets so you can be sure you are making an informed decision.
Wool carpet scream luxury and as a natural fibre, is very appealing for people aiming to create a warm, authentic aesthetic. Wool is a soft resilient fibre that can be made in a variety of different style carpets. Wool carpet will absorb moisture, helping to regulate the humidity in your home. Plus, wool carpet is a natural insulator and has excellent acoustic properties. Wool does however have a tendency to fade more than synthetic products and can be less stain resistant.
The two main varieties of man-made carpets are nylon (polyamide) and polypropylene (olefin). The most popular, nylon, has good resiliency, good yarn memory to hold twist, good soil hiding ability, and good abrasion resistance. Nylon is the strongest fibre, making it an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas, active households or commercial facilities. Polypropylene on the other hand has the best stain resistance and does not fade, even when exposed to intense sunlight, bleaches, or other harsh chemicals. Polypropylene however is less resilient than other fibers.
Wool blend carpet, the most popular of which is 80% wool and 20% man-made fibres, offer the texture of wool, with greater resilience to stain and wear. This material is perfect for people who are looking for the luxurious feel and aesthetic of wool, but prioritize cost effectiveness over authenticity.
Ultimately, the carpet you choose will depend on the aesthetic you are trying to achieve, how the space your creating will be used and your budget. Wool is the traditional choice and creates a luxurious feel, but cheaper and more stain resistant options are man-made or mixed fibre carpets.