The fine, coil-like fibres of Merino wool have an elasticity that feels soft to touch unlike more traditional, coarse fibres making Merino wool carpet extremely comfortable to both walk or lie on. This structure also means it has a naturally spongy texture which will give under your weight but spring back into shape quickly and easily.
Consider a sheep living in a very rainy, dry, dusty or muddy part of Australia and how it’s fleece naturally holds its shape and texture despite the conditions. While your carpet might not undergo such extremes the natural elasticity of Merino wool’s coil-like structure means it’s able to spring back into shape quickly, even after compressed by furniture for long periods and will not be easily damaged by shoes or by furniture being dragged across it.
The natural protective layer on Merino wool is both stain resistant and static resistant, preventing lint and dust from sticking to it. Provided it is regularly vacuumed and stains are cleaned up promptly, wool carpet will stay looking new for a long time.
Merino wool is naturally non-allergenic. It is also able to regulate air moisture by absorbing water vapour before allowing it to evaporate.
Unlike synthetic materials, wool is naturally fire resistant and requires much higher temperatures (above 570 degrees celsius) to catch alight compared with some other materials, which can ignite at as low as 160 degrees celsius making it a safe option for carpets, especially in rooms with natural fire heating.
Merino wool is a completely renewable and biodegradable fibre created all throughout the year by Australian sheep with the assistance of just air, sunlight, water and grass. You can feel good about choosing wool carpets because when eventually disposed of it adds vital nutrients back into the soil as it decomposes naturally.
Merino wool fibres are naturally crimped which allows tiny pockets of air to be trapped in between each fibres providing excellent noise and temperature insulations. Wool carpets will keep your home quiet and comfortable throughout the year.
Merino wool is extremely malleable and is able to be transformed into a wide range of colours or textures. So whether you prefer light or bright colours, high or low pile, you’ll find a wool carpet that suits your home’s interior.
Illustration: Barry Allen Patenaude
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