Wool is very resilient and its texture allows it to quickly recover from crushing or indenting caused by footsteps or furniture. This natural resilience also keeps the rug looking new and fresh for longer periods of time.
Wool has a natural ability to resist staining and soiling. In fact it has more than a 30% higher rate of stain resistance than even the best synthetic fibers. It’s so good at resisting stains because of the natural light lanolin that coats the surface of the wool. This coating helps stop dirt and stains from actually penetrating the wool leaving any soiling on or near the surface. That’s why spills on wool is very easy to clean.
Wool fiber is also flame resistant providing natural flame retardant without the addition of chemicals. Because of this wool is an excellent choice for any room in your home and especially for children’s rooms.
Wool is also very durable and will last for many years without showing signs of wear. While wool rugs cost slightly more than synthetic rugs, because of its exceptional long life it can be a better choice than other types of rugs because you will quickly recoup the extra cost in the additional years of wear.
Sheep produce wool to protect themselves from a variety of climates and natural elements. Of course when man uses wool these natural capabilities remain intact. Natural wool actually has two different types of wool cells – the orthcortex and the paracortex.