UK Wool Week 2018 - Why Wool?
6th October - 21st October 2018 is ‘UK Wool Week’, organised by the Campaign For Wool that intends to raise awareness about the material. The Campaign For Wool has a patron in HRH The Prince of Wales and is supported all over the world for those who care about the environment, the practical uses, or even simply wool’s beauty. Mainly, they wish to remind people of the unique, natural, renewable and biodegradable properties that wool was once prized for- in this blog we will delve deeper into these benefits to make wool great again!
Wool is of course a natural material from sheep, and there is no superior man-made product that exists to provide the same benefits. Because of this, choosing wool will provide you the best practical benefits of any rug, whilst also producing less greenhouse gases in its production than synthetic materials. Wool is also renewable and biodegradable - a sheep produces a fleece of wool every year, so as long as there are sheep there will be wool! You can also return wool to soil to decompose and release nutrients that in turn help the planet. This takes a short time too, whereas synthetic materials can take hundreds of years.
Wool is a natural insulator, meaning it can help reduce energy costs in your home and reduce your carbon footprint. It is also perfect for when you have just jumped in the shower and aren’t looking forward to stepping on a cold tiled floor afterwards! Wool also absorbs condensation and the water from your feet in a bathroom, so you don’t have to worry about leaving puddles everywhere or breathing in not-so-fresh air. Is one of your rooms too hot or cold? Wool adapts to room temperature too, meaning whatever the weather, wool will bring you adapted comfort.
Anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic properties are a main benefit of wool, meaning they would fit perfectly in homes with children, those with disabilities, or otherwise vulnerable people. Even floating dust in the atmosphere can be trapped in the wool’s top layer to be vacuumed away, making the air in your home more breathable. That being said, wool is anti-static, so will not attract large amounts of dust if not cleaned often. Wool is also fire retardant, and is much less likely to ignite than synthetic materials, so will give peace of mind to those who place their rug in front of the fireplace. If it does catch fire, it will also not melt and cause burns, and would produce less toxic fumes that synthetic alternatives. The final safety benefit is the high level of UV protection, so it will not change appearance or shape with sunlight. Use wool in conservatories or rooms with lots of natural light to take full advantage of this.
Caring For Wool
Caring for and maintaining wool is a much easier task than with synthetic rugs. Wool is resistant to tearing and it is impossible for it to damage from bending. It can return to its original shape easily after being bent or folded too - with no wrinkles or sagging - hence the large lifespan of these rugs. All these properties help with general wear and tear, in homes with children or pets that may cause these conditions to occur, or if you wish to transport your rug from one home to another with minimal damage. Wool is naturally odour resistant, but if you do feel the need to wash a wool rug, you will be pleased to learn that many modern wool products are no longer just hand-wash only. You can machine wash and tumble dry most wool rugs unless otherwise stated.
Has this blog turned you into a wool fan? Let us know in the comments - you can browse our wool rugs here if you just can’t wait to get your hand on one!