There are many carpet materials on the market and you should choose the one that best suits your needs and requirements. Any carpet you buy will have all the functions and characteristics of the fibers made from it.
Each fiber has unique properties and that is exactly what your carpet will reflect. The following is a list of the main materials used in the industry and their advantages and disadvantages. Make wise decisions based on wise methods…
We will discuss 5 main types of fibers: wool, acrylic, polyester, polypropylene and natural fibers. We will discuss all these fibers in detail and understand their pros and cons to make your carpet purchase decision a fully informed one.
Wool is the most important and oldest fiber used in the carpet industry and is also considered the reference material. They are natural soft fibers, known for their warm properties and beautiful appearance. Many people prefer wool fibers over all other fibers as they provide a warmth factor for cold and icy floors in winter. They are perfect insulation materials for floors. They are soft, strong and durable. This fiber is great for absorbing moisture, providing a natural air filter for your space. Wool carpets have excellent elasticity, are naturally stain resistant and wear resistant. The best thing about wool is that they don’t catch fire during the combustion process. On the contrary, they will smolder, preventing the fire from spreading in the event of an accident.
If we had to list the properties of wool, here is a list of key points…
1. First, they are soft and warm.
2. They are crush and flame resistant (they smolder instead of burn)
3. They are wear resistant.
4. Strong, durable and lightweight.
5. They absorb moisture and keep their shape.
6. They have good stain resistance.
When we talk about wool used in carpets and rugs, there are hundreds of different qualities of wool on the market. New Zealand wool is considered the best wool in the industry and is naturally whiter wool. Due to the high quality of the yarns, their color treatment during dyeing is more lively. They have a longer fiber length, which reduces shedding and makes them softer and smoother.
In addition to all the advantages and properties of wool in the carpet industry, they also have their own drawbacks. Wool carpets are considered the most expensive of all other materials available. In addition, it is not practical to achieve the vibrancy of design and color that we can have on synthetic yarns such as acrylic. They are sensitive to moisture. Direct exposure to ultraviolet light can damage wool carpets. Last but not least, wool is the natural habitat of moths, so you need to be extra careful, especially if you leave them in a dark area.
In our next article we will discuss our second fiber. So keep reading and wait for our next upload.