What is wool? It is a mat that is formed from coats of an animal usually from a sheep or goat. It is also called a fleece. It keeps the animal warm and dry and it allows them to survive in cold and harsh climates. Also, wool has the ability to regulate temperature. It is also breathable as well as resistant. Wool has an excellent moisture wicking properties for it can pull the moisture into the fiber so it does not feel wet or damp at all. May it be woven or knitted by hand; wool is used by people in variety of textiles and other means.
The most popular type of wool due to its widely availability and high versatility is the sheep's wool. It is usually preferred for many reasons such as it is wrinkle resistant; static-free and flame retardant; colorfast when dyed; maintains shape when stretched; and most of all it is soft, durable, and easy to work with.
Wool Rugs. It is one of wool products that are being commercially available nowadays. They are one of the most wanted and desired home luxuries that are usually placed on the floor of in a home which add warmth and beauty to a room. It has different patterns and characteristics as to why each of them is unique and one of a kind. This can depend on the gender and age of the sheep or goat, its health, and the place where it originates. To name a few are Syrian wool, Australian wool and Libyan wool
Certain wool felt better than others. The finer, short to medium fibers tends to felt quicker and better than the longer fibers. Most Oriental rug designs, the weavers gather longer fibers which bear greater overall density. There are those that are even twice the size of other fiber. This creates a very unique and finished wool rug.
Sheep and goats have different breeds and through them a wide variety of color, length, and fiber diameter and curls or crimp pattern of wool can be harvested. Having 40 different breeds of sheep makes the world produce a rough estimate of 200 types of wool with varying standards. The major wool producers in the world are China, South Africa, Argentina and Australia. Wool rugs originated exclusively in the middle and Far East. China, Persia and Turkey are the most famous countries who contribute to a variety of design and characteristic of wool rugs. Different techniques are applied to wool rugs depending on where they are made. Even now the highest quantities of wool rugs are made from China and Turkey and are being distributed throughout the world.
It is beautiful, strong and dependable. It ranges from traditional, contemporary, oriental, Persian, machine made and handmade. Others are hand tufted, hand knotted, made out of 100% wool and some have a mixture of wool and silk which all contributes to their style and design.
Wool rugs last and will absolutely beautify and enhance your interiors for many, many years to come. With proper cleaning, these are surely considered as a wonderful investment for your home.