100% wool rugs are hand-woven with natural materials, while synthetic like. Polypropylene rugs are hand-tufted with the most durable but cost-effective materials. A wool rug can last for 50 years or more.
Synthetic rugs usually have a lifespan of 3-5 years. Both small wool rugs and synthetic rugs are easy to clean. Wool typically feels softer and more luxurious than polypropylene carpet.
Wool rugs are flame resistant, while the chemicals in synthetic rugs might make them highly flammable. Synthetic rugs are cheaper, but the quality is lower, and they can be harmful to the environment.
Yes and no!
The different types of synthetic materials are petroleum derivatives and treated with harsh chemicals during manufacturing.
yes, synthetic materials have different chemical properties and compounds. Polypropylene outdoor rugs are made with UV Stabilized fibers for outdoors.
They have small differences in texture and color, but for the most part, the average person cannot tell the difference between synthetic materials.
"Synthetic like polypropylene area rugs (also known as olefin), nylon, acrylic, or polyester is made using man-made fibers."
These materials are made from petroleum in a lab and sent to factories to be machine woven into rugs.
Check out some of our Polypropylene Rugs.
Braided Wool rugs are handwoven and use natural wool with hundreds of knots used to create intricate patterns and designs.
RugKnots also has the best collection of wool shag rugs that are far better than any other kind!
Check out some of our Wool Shag Rugs.
Did you know that wool is a natural noise insulator?
It prevents your home from echoing and shielding you from hearing outside traffic noise.
The most common type of wool used in wool rugs is known as woolens, which is a general term used to describe various fabrics woven from woolens yarn.
This polypropylene yarn fiber is spun from short wool fibers to create a soft and lavish fiber to later be handwoven into a rug.
The shorter fibers are not combed to lie flat as they are in worsted yarn.
Worsted yarn is most commonly used in wool trousers where a smooth, thin, satiny finish is desired. This results in a soft and buttery surface texture.
With this technique, the weave of the individual yarn fibers does not show as clearly as it would in worsted fabrics.
Contemporary wool rugs typically take 3-4 months from when the artisan begins weaving until it is on display in your home.
They also come in many different sizes, such as 8x10, 9x12, and 10x14.
When it comes to quality, the customer asks the question about its age. How Long Do Wool & Synthetic Rugs Last?
Wool: Well maintained wool area rugs will be in your home for at least 50 years and can be used as heirloom pieces for generations.
Synthetic: The usual life span of a polypropylene, nylon, acrylic, or polyester rug is 3-5 years with professional cleaning.
A 100% polypropylene rug will become matted very easily, become dull looking very quickly, and must be kept away from heat sources, including high sun windows.
As they both Rugs differ in nature and age, they are also different precations when it comes to cleaning.
Despite the rumors, wool rugs are very easy and simple to clean.
Because of synthetic materials, polypropylene, polyester, and nylon rugs are also simple to clean.
Absolutely! You will notice that even in the best synthetic rugs, the design may be slightly off-center, bulky and less detailed than in wool rugs.
The bottom of the rug is an exact mirror image of the decorative top pile In synthetic rugs.
The top pile is bonded to a plastic bottom with glue.
As you can see in the image above, the 100% polypropylene rugs design is less detailed than the wool carpet.
The eye for detail comes with hundreds of years of expertise and wool rug craftsmanship.
|The back of wool rugs are soft and will not damage hardwood or carpeted flooring.||The back of synthetic rugs is bonded with a hard plastic backing that will slip and scratch hardwood floors.|
One of the design drawbacks to synthetic rugs is that they cannot be over-dyed, like this vintage blue over-dyed wool rug pictured above.
We love the modern and antique juxtaposition at the moment!
Wool is a natural staple fiber, meaning the individual fibers have a natural spiral construction.
This helps the rug to maintain its shape and is duplicated in synthetic fibers used in rug making to help prevent matting.
Is polypropylene safe?
Yes! Polypropylene rug is totally safe as they do not contain any harmful chemical or material.
It is made of pure and soft plastic, flexibility and softness are the main features of polypropylene carpet and rugs.
When buying a rug, many clients will run their fingers through the pile of the rug to “feel the quality.”
This is known as perceived quality. Do not do this! When you are looking for a quality rug, you should not be able to run your fingers through the pile very easily.
This displays a high knot content resulting from a thicker, higher quality pile.
Wool rugs like this green shag wool rug are perfect for soothing your soles and for baby’s precious first steps.
Polypropylene Rug: A big question always asked is, are polypropylene braided rugs safe for babies?
The 100% polypropylene rug above heated up and ruined these beautiful solid oak hardwood floors.
If you think back to the days of playing with Barbie and Ken, there was a reason your mom never let you curl or straighten your beloved dolls' hair!
Wool: Depending on the breed, sheep are sheared one or two times a year, making wool a renewable resource.
Simple as that! Sheep are NOT hurt in the process. In fact, they like being sheared!
They love the fresh feeling of a haircut or a nice shave. Just like us!
Synthetic: Synthetic rugs release toxic volatile organic compounds (VOC's) into the air when the materials are being produced in the factory and inside of your home as well.
If you decide to go with an untreated synthetic rug, be aware that because synthetic fibers do not “breath,” they are prone to mold, mildew, fire, and moth holes.
The glue used to bond the synthetic pile with the plastic backing may contain latex.
If you have anyone in your home with allergies or sensitivities, the potential for mold and mildew as well as the latex component is something for you to consider
Synthetic Rugs Contain VOC's. Should I be Concerned?
VOC's can be especially harmful to young children, pregnant women, and the elderly because their immune systems are vulnerable.
The fact that VOC's are in synthetic rugs is something for you and your family to think about.
It is ultimately up to you!
The debate between wool rugs and polypropylene rugs truly depends on one’s individual needs, concerns, and tastes.
No matter your preference, feel free to reach out to us and ask us anything you may be wondering about wool rugs and polypropylene rugs.
We will definitely provide you the best services.