When properly constructed wool carpets and rugs can deliver heroic feats of performance. Who does not remember the wool carpet in our grandparents home? It will last under the heaviest foot traffic and still look good. There is a saying about wool carpet “it grows old gracefully”. Properly cared for wool can and does perform without uglying out for many years. It is naturally resilient, stain resistant, abrasion resistant, warm, comfortable and luxurious. It will aid in the control of indoor humidity and thus assist in controlling static discharge.
Wool comes from sheep and because it is their fleece (coat) it can be shorn every 6 to 12 months. One sheep produces anywhere from 2 to 30 lbs. of wool annually. The amount and type of wool that a sheep produces is dependent upon its breed (genetics) and shearing interval. Some sheep produce very coarse fibers. This type of wool is called "carpet" wool, and as the name suggests is used to make carpets and rugs.
Wool is sustainable, renewable and biodegradable, the only carpet fiber that is. When it comes to regeneration, sheep are the best way to get fiber for carpet. No sheep have ever given their lives for a yard of carpet in fact sheep live long productive lives and they produce wool as long as they live. There is less energy used to produce wool compared to making synthetic carpet fiber.
This is a carpet fiber that keeps giving from the inception of its existence. And the sheep from which it was shorn would have yielded repeated bails of wool. Wool is the fiber by which all other carpet fibers are judged and no synthetic carpet fiber will ever have the natural and inherent qualities and attributes of wool. It is the carpet and rug industries highest end product.