Why Wool

Wool Nylon (goal: emulate wool)
Durability Wears (fiber loss) Does Not Wear (no fiber loss)
Appearance Looks new until worn to the backing Ages rapidly in appearance, though there is no fiber loss
Color Quality Retains depth and saturation of color through the life of the rug and carpet Quality and depth of color lessens with age and soil
Pile Retention Best- Most resilient fiber to crushing and matting Good- better than other synthetic yarns
Cleanability Best- Most cleanable fiber, best at soil hiding, soil resistant due to lanolin Good- better than other synthetic yarns
Flammability Self-extinguishing: Burned fibers char and flake off revealing the yarn color again; Flame Resistant: keratin protein and moisture content help prevent ignition Not self-extinguishing, Burned fibers melt leaving a black spot that cannot be removed
Hypoallergenic Lanolin in the wool fibers repels water and other particles preventing mildew; scale structure of wool traps particulate pollutants until vacuumed No current information
Air Purifying Wool’s chemical make-up binds to gaseous VOCs, cleaning the air No current information
Eco-friendly Sustainable: renewable yearly; Wool and natural latex is Biodegradable and recyclable. No current information