The pros and cons of wool flooring
Most of us are pretty familiar with how good wool clothing feels against out skin. We wear wool jumpers, sweaters and cardigans – and know all too well about the quality it can bring to a garment. But what about interiors? Wool does pop up in a variety of places in our homes outside of our wardrobes and it’s pretty important to think about the pros and cons of using it indoors.
Of course, most of us know the joy experienced when we put our face against a wool cushion cover (a cable knit especially) – and the same goes for a hot water blanket decked out in a woolen cover (absolute bliss in winter).
But let’s focus on it for our floors, because there are some distinct advantages and other considerations that come into play when it comes to using this material in the home.
The advantages of wool carpet and rugs
The feel-good factor of wool is not lost once it hits our floors. It’s hands-down one of the most plush and luxurious varieties you can use. It also dyes easily, which provides a wide range of colour options for your floors and it’s packed with resilience and longevity. This means the carpet will last a long time and bounce back for years.
Textured or twist wool carpets and rugs also mask dirt in their fibres before the mess starts to show, making them a really good choice for families that are going to put it through its paces.
It’s also flame resistant, so if that’s of concern it’ll definitely give you some peace of mind.
The downside of wool carpet and rugs
Wool doesn’t come without its downsides. Though the good news is that there aren’t many of them and you can work around them.
The main issue with wool is that it can be a little bit precious when it comes to liquids, especially things like soft drinks spills and pet urine. So if you have a young dog or cat and toilet training is an issue, ensure the wool carpets or rugs you are looking at have the relevant resistance treatments to alleviate permanent stains.
As mentioned above, colour options are abundant when it comes to wool carpets. I’m a fan of Windsor Wool’s Bramford in Canterbury, which is a nice, mid-tone that’ll work well in a variety of living spaces.
I also love the farm-to-floor transparency of the Windsor Wool carpet range, which you can find out more about by clicking here.
As with any flooring option, take some time to think about the mood and function you need to create and serve in your space and work with your local Choices Flooring consultant on achieving the best outcome!