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Choosing the Right Carpet for You – Wool or Polypropylene?

What your carpet is made of, has a bearing on how it performs and how happy you are going to be with it. So what to choose - natural wool carpets or easy clean polypropylene?

There’s no ‘right or wrong’ answer because both have a rightful place in the market. It’s more important that you are aware of the differences of each and their benefits.

How a carpet looks and performs is dependent on the fibre type used. It has a bearing on the durability, resilience, appearance retention, feel, practicality and price.  Where in the home it is used is important too: talk to your retailer about where you want your carpet to go and how long you expect it to last. A good, reputable retailer will discuss the options with you and should clearly explain the benefits of one carpet over another.

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So what’s the difference between wool and polypropylene carpets?

Wool is a beautiful natural fibre. It has an excellent track record, having been used by mankind, in textiles throughout the centuries. It offers superb resilience to wear and general soiling. In loop pile carpets it is mainly used on its own in a pure 100% form whereas in cut pile carpets such as twist piles or velvets it is often used as an 80% blend with nylon and polypropylene, to improve its wear properties.

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Top benefits of wool carpet:

  • Hard wearing and long lasting
  • Retains its pile shape and height
  • Recovers quickly from furniture compression
  • Is naturally flame retardant
  • Naturally warm and insulating
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable fibre

Most of our carpets stand up everyday spills and stains

Top benefits of polypropylene carpet:

  • Highly stain resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable
  • Soft, luxurious feel
  • Good colour fastness
  • Good value for money

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s right for your needs.