- Wool has been woven into textiles and fabrics for thousands of years and maintains its place as a premium fibre for rugs.
- Hard wearing and fire retardant, wool insulates against heat and cold, cleans well and has a natural resilience to certain spills.
- Soft to touch and lovely underfoot, a wool rug can help keep you warm in winter and cooler in the warmer months.
- Wool rugs can shed fibres, more so when new, but should be easy to vacuum and will clean up easily.
- A good wool rug should always clean up well and provide years of comfort underfoot.
- The versatility of wool allows for a huge range in weaving styles and designs ranging from traditional to ultra-contemporary weaves.
- Polypropylene is a synthetic, oil based fibre - non-shedding and non-absorbent to many spills.
- Polypropylene rugs are tough and hard wearing and easy to maintain.
- Rugs made with Polypropylene can range from budget priced pieces right through to high quality rugs made to last.
- An almost unlimited colour palette allows freedom in design and results in a huge ranges of styles, from modern & contemporary through to transitional and traditional designs.
- Versatile and functional, Polypropylene rugs are available in a range of qualities in plush pile to shag piles.
Heat set ( polypropylene )
- Heat setting is treatment of polypropylene yarn to smooth and soften the fibre.
- The fibre is heated to remove microscopic sharp edges and hooks, resulting in low static attraction, making your rug easier to vacuum and smooth to the touch.
- Polyester is a man-made fibre, soft and smooth to touch, and often vibrant in colour.
- While not as tough or durable as Polypropylene, Polyester is easy to care for and cleans well.
- Rugs range from 100% Polyester Pile Super Soft “fur” style rugs, through Polypropylene with Polyester hi-lights and shrink yarns to add colour and texture.
Jute / Sisal
- Jute is a natural fibre that is often braided and gives an organic and artisan look that is easy to style.
- Jute is moderately soft and is one of the most affordable and eco-friendly fibres available.
- Jute is not as tough as Wool or Polypropylene and will absorb spills and stain easily.
- Sisal is a hard wearing durable fibre. It is environmentally friendly and is often used as a runner or entrance mats. It is a coarse fibre that can bring a classic natural element to your home.
Viscose / Art Silk / Artificial Silk
- Super soft and shiny fibres that imitate the look and feel of silk.
- Often used to as a feature to hi-light design or colour in rugs, or woven in a plush pile with a shimmering effect.
- Viscose can shed, is very sensitive to spills and any moisture, and water alone can alter the fibre, changing its look and feel.
- Care must be taken when cleaning Viscose and it must be dried immediately and comprehensively.
- We recommend using MicroSeal Rug Protection to seal 100% Viscose pile rugs .
- Acrylic is a soft fibre that comes in a variety of colours and is often used in hand tufted modern rugs.
- Acrylic will shed when new and can absorb spills and stain easily.