It is a well-known fact that one of the best investments you can make when it comes to home decor is wool blend rugs. They’re highly durable, soft in touch, absolutely stunning and what not! Wool is, without any questions, one of the best materials to be utilized in rugs. However, quite a lot of customers have shown their vexation over the price of wool rugs. And to an extent, we agree too. Wool Rugs are quite expensive and to be fair, can become hard to maintain. Just recently, designers have reintroduced ‘wool blend rugs’ to help customers overcome this feeling. Wool blend rugs are a combination of either a synthetic, or a natural material that is blended with wool. Generally, the wool content in wool blend rugs is higher than the other material that is being utilized. Most of the time, wool blend rugs consist of 80% wool and 20% synthetic fiber. Although that is not always the case. These rugs have been specifically designed to give customers a similar feeling of 100% wool rugs that are out of their budget. And to our surprise, they do actually fulfill their purpose! One thing that I specifically love about wool blend rugs is that the material that is combined with wool either adds on to the existing qualities of wool or brings something new to offer. To explain it better, here’s an example. It is well known that all wool rugs go through the natural process of shedding. However, mixing wool with synthetic material decreases the amount of shedding that it naturally goes through. To find out more, keep reading ahead for an in-depth guide on wool blend rugs.
Types Of Wool Blend Rugs
Wool is combined with different kinds of materials that are both synthetic and natural, as mentioned above. There are several and various types of wool blend rugs available that include wool and nylon rug blends and many more. Here are some of the most common types of wool blend area rugs available online and in the market.
Nylon Blend Rugs
These rugs have a higher percentage of wool in them than nylon. This blend is usually available in contemporary designs. Since nylon is considerably cheaper than wool, this combination might fall within your budget and you can still enjoy a wool rug.
Acrylic Blend Rugs
Acrylic is a synthetic material that is less costly than wool but still has the same feel to it. Acrylic is not as popular as it once was and has not been used much in rugs too. However, it is most commonly utilized in wool blend area rugs because of its wool-like qualities. So if you’re looking for a rug that has a similar wool feel to it, then you should definitely go for wool and acrylic blend rugs!
Polyester Blend Rugs
Wool and Polyester blend rugs are ideal for people who long for wool rugs without its high price tag. Both of them are great rug materials and since polyester is an inexpensive material, the rug doesn’t cost much in comparison with pure wool rugs. These rugs are even available in beautiful and intricate traditional designs. However, wool and polyester blend rugs aren’t as durable compared to wool rugs.
Polypropylene Blend Rugs
These rugs are quite similar to wool and polyester blend rugs. Polypropylene is a synthetic material that is quite commonly used in rugs. It is very easy to clean and maintain since it's highly stain resistant. This makes it a great material to be combined with wool as it adds on to the already existing qualities of wool and makes the rug stronger. Polypropylene is incredibly durable like wool too yet it’s inexpensive at the same time!
Silk Blend Rugs
Until now, we’ve only talked about synthetic materials. However, silk is a natural fiber, just like wool. As you know wool is made out of the coats of sheep, silk is made by silkworms. Silk is an incredibly soft material that looks shiny to the eye and is luxurious in touch. Silk is durable even though it’s a delicate material, unlike viscose. Wool and silk make an excellent combination. Usually, the base consists of wool fibers, while the pattern on the surface of the rug is made from silk. This makes the rug stand out in comparison with other wool-blend rugs. However, unlike the afore-mentioned materials, silk is a natural fiber which is costly which is why wool and silk-blend rugs can be expensive.
Durable Wool Blend Rugs
Before we discuss whether wool and viscose blend rugs are durable or not, it’s necessary to first know what viscose actually is. To start, Viscose itself is a man-made soft material that does not trap in heat and is generally cool in touch. Viscose is a material that can be easily dyed in a variety of colors. It is noted for its real silk-like characteristics and can even impersonate the look and surface of wool, cotton and even linen! Viscose itself, however, is a very delicate fiber that sheds easily when placed in high traffic areas. Or even in busy households with pets, visitors or small children. Viscose is not a suitable material for rugs. In fact, interior designers refrain from using viscose in rugs. Its strands tend to break easily which is why viscose is usually utilized in rugs by mixing it with wool. By combining the two materials, it brings out the best of both materials. Viscose and wool blend area rugs are made by combining the material with wool and sometimes with cotton, to create a better, more durable rug. It is sometimes combined with chenille, however, it isn’t considered to be as durable as viscose wool blend rugs.
What Are Braided Wool Blend Rugs?
Braided rugs were originally made around 120 years ago. These rugs are hand-made using strips of fabric of different materials such as cotton, yarn, wool, sisal, jute, etc. These rugs come in all shapes and sizes and are even available in a variety of hues. Because of their chic style, they tend to fit in every room and can even be used as wall hangings! Braided rugs are easy to make and can even be crafted by you at your home! Interior designers have recently introduced wool-blend braided area rugs and we are absolutely in love with it! One of my personal favorites is braided jute-wool blend rugs. These rugs are themselves unique and adding them to your room will create a distinct and one of a kind space! Braided wool-blend rugs are easy to maintain and clean too. Most of them can easily be machine washed. In other cases, you can use the same methods that are used for cleaning other rugs. For me, round-shaped braided wool blend rugs look great in entryways. They instantly create a welcoming and homely feel which is why they look great as Entryway Rugs.
Wool blend rugs light up and add to the aesthetic of the room. But there are several factors you should take into account before buying one. These include the correct size, the appropriate color and how much of your room you want to fill. We’ve attached a list of factors to give you an idea of what wool blend rug is right for your space.
The size of a rug that you choose depends on the dimensions of space you’re adding one into. For example, if your room is rectangular shaped, we recommend you to add in a rectangular-shaped rug. Or if your room is in an abstract shape, you can add in multiple and different shaped rugs.
Design And Color
Wool rugs are the most common rugs with the most diverse colors & designs. Whether you want your rug to be in floral patterns or geometrical patterns, this factor is totally up to you. Although, as a general rule of thumb, you should consider the other patterns and colors present in the space where you desire to place your rug in. For instance, if you have a busy wallpaper or wall art, you might want to consider buying a rug in a neutrally patterned or a block colored rug that would bring the whole look of the room together. Wool and polypropylene blend rugs are easily available in neutral patterns and shades. Or if you have a simple and minimalistic room, you can add a rug in a rich texture and color. The type of pattern you want your rug to be in depends on your taste. Consider adding wool and silk blended rugs as they tend to make the room pop because of how they are constructed. When it comes to choosing the correct color, you shouldn’t only take into account your preference but also the color scheme of your room and where you’re placing it. The color of the rug should coordinate with the color pallets of the room. If you end up choosing a color that goes with your liking but doesn't go with the aesthetic of the room, your space will end up looking absolutely horrible! You need to be clear about what certain rug colors will go with the colors in your room. When choosing a wool blend rug for your living room, make sure that you choose in a lively and bright color because your living room should feel welcoming and comfortable. Wool and viscose blend rugs look great as Living Room Rugs.
Cleaning And Maintenance
Some people consider rugs as an investment rather than just a decorative element in your space. To ensure that your precious wool blend rugs stay for a long time, cleaning and maintaining your rugs daily is an absolute necessity. Cleaning your rug elongates its life and is certainly something you should never compromise on.
To start, you should vacuum your rug on a day to day basis. Make sure to use a vacuum cleaner that lacks the beater bar feature. Even though beater bars are great for removing dirt that is deeply embedded in the fibers, this feature is only suitable for synthetic materials. If used on wool, it can cause the material to shed further and can damage its fibers.
When it comes to maintaining wool blend area rugs, it depends on what material is combined with wool in the respective rug. Different materials have different methods of cleaning. Some materials might be delicate. For example, cleaning wool and viscose blend rugs is quite different from cleaning wool and polypropylene blend rugs. However, this is not always the case. Some steps as follows:
- Vacuum the rug regularly
- Clean spills immediately. This is important in order to minimize damage caused by moisture being trapped on the fibers and affecting them over time. Furthermore, it does not allow dirt to enter deeper into the cloth and causes discoloration or mold growth that might be difficult to clean later.
- Spot cleaning with a water-based cleaner
- For heavily soiled areas, use a rug shampoo or dry cleaning solution.
- Regularly check for any unusual smells, and if detected the problem area should be treated immediately with a fire retardant to avoid starting an unwanted fire!
- Inspect your rugs after every six months in order to weed out problems that might have been caused by the rug’s exposure to low temperatures, sunlight or moisture.
- In order to increase durability and prolong its life-span, keep it in a dry place away from direct sources of light like window sills.
- The color fastness of wool will be affected if there are any traces of food stains on your carpet, so if you have a rug with food stains it is best to avoid using hot water and detergents.
- If the rugs are carpet or sitting on top of wood flooring, then make sure that there's no area where threadbare spots are visible by keeping an eye out for any signs of wear.
As discussed above, viscose is a delicate material that has fibers that can easily break. This is why cleaning and maintaining wool and viscose blend rugs can be tricky.Wool itself is easy to clean. However, when combined with viscose, it can become a menace to clean if you’re not sure on how to properly maintain it. When cleaning your wool and viscose blend rug, make sure to dilute the solution you’re using. For instance, if you’re using a basic soap/ detergent and water mix, make sure to keep the water content high. While cleaning the dirt, do not scrub your rugs. As this will easily damage the delicate fibers of your rug. Always make sure to blot the surface of the rug when cleaning. This rule should be applied while cleaning any kind of rug you have, not only wool and viscose blend rugs. When cleaning your rugs, make sure you don’t put your wool blend rug under direct sunlight as the colors of the right might fade. You can use a heater or blower instead. Some people prefer to dry clean their wool-viscose rugs instead.
Remove Stains From Wool-Blend Area Rugs
No matter how careful you are around your rugs, spills and stains are bound to happen. But there is no need to worry because we’ve got you covered! If spills and stains do occur, it is necessary to give them immediate attention so that they don’t permanently damage the fibers of your rug. It’s also important to use the correct cleaning methods that don’t irritate and damage the fibers of your rugs further.
To remove any ink stains present, you’ll need water, dishwashing liquid, and a clean towel. Start by mixing one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in water. Then, soak a part of the clean dry towel in the mixture and start to blot the stain gently. Do not scrub as this can easily damage the fibers.
For removing grease stains, you’ll need dishwashing soap, water, a clean cloth, and a spoon. First, with the use of a spoon, make sure you’ve taken out every bit of food that might still be on your rug. Then, wet your clean cloth and apply the dishwashing soap directly onto it. After you’ve done that, gently blot the affected area until you’ve thoroughly cleaned it. Lastly, dab dries the area using a dry clean cloth.
With pets in the house, spills and stains are quite common. For cleaning pet stains, you’ll be needing vinegar, a dry towel, dishwashing liquid, and water. Before cleaning, blot the affected area with a dry towel to clean any excess liquid. After that’s done, prepare a mixture of vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and water. Make sure to dilute the mixture by adding a greater amount of water. Then, using a clean cloth, start to blot the affected area. If the small of the stain is rather strong, you can use scented dishwashing soap.
If you have multiple kids in the house, you must know what a menace it can be to keep the place clean. With marker stains, paint spills and what not present everywhere. And kids love to play around on the plush, soft rugs which can be quite distressing at times. Well, you don’t have to worry. For cleaning any marker stains that are visible on your rug, you’ll need a carpet cleaner, a clean cloth, and water. Since marker stains have chemicals present, they can’t be cleaned by using dish-washing soap. They need a stronger cleaning method. This is why you need a good carpet or rug cleaner. They’re easily available at any grocery shop. Start by adding the cleaner directly on the cloth. You can use a sponge too. Without the use of water, start blotting the stain. After you’ve thoroughly cleaned it, rinse the affected area with clean water to remove the cleaner that’s present in the fibers. Blot the area by using a clean dry towel to strain out excess liquid. Lastly, leave your rug as it is and let it dry.
Mud stains can be tricky and hard to clean since mud stains dry quickly. To clean mud stains, start by scraping off the dried mud on your wool-blend area rug. Make sure to scrape all of it off as it can make the cleaning process much harder. If your stain is still wet, blot the area by using an old rag to soak up the mud. Do not make the mistake of rubbing the mud. This can cause the mud to spread further. Start by creating a mixture of dishwashing soap or detergent and water. This time, keep the water content the same as the dishwashing soap or detergent. Blot the area by using the mixture the same way you’ve been told to up till now. To check if you’ve taken the mud thoroughly out, use another clean wet towel and gently press it against the affected area. If it comes out clean, your rug is now clean! For drying, leave your rug as it is.
Here Are Some Beautiful Wool Rugs To Decorate Your Home
1. Green Gabbeh Area Rug
The Green Gabbeh Area Rug is hand-knotted and made from 100% wool. It's woven with an intricate pattern and has a lovely addition to any room in your home. This area rug is perfect for the living room, bedroom, or family room! You'll love how soft this rug feels underfoot. And it's plush too! We recommend you vacuum regularly to maintain its beauty and keep it looking great for years to come. Plus, the pile height of this rug makes it feel like you're walking on clouds! The color is elegant - just what we all need in our lives right now. Get yours today before they sell out!
2. Multi-Color Ziegler Area Rug
Do you want to bring a smooth and comforting vibe to your house? Well, This Multi-Color Ziegler Area Rug is the perfect addition to any home. It’s hand-knotted and made of wool, so you know it will be soft and plush. This beautiful rug has an intricate pattern that looks lovely in any room. You can choose from many colors to find the perfect one for your space! The Multi-Color Ziegler Area Rug is available on our website now! Click the link below right now and buy this gorgeous and elegant rug now!
3. Ivory Ikat Area Rug
Are you looking for a new rug? The Ivory Ikat Area Rug is hand-knotted, made from 100% wool, and has an intricate pattern. It’s perfect for any room in your home. This area rug will make the perfect addition to your living space. You can choose from many different colors and sizes so that this rug matches perfectly with the rest of your decorating scheme. With its soft pile height, it feels great on bare feet and is plush enough to be used as a bedspread or blanket! Plus, it's machine washable!
4. Gold Gabbeh Area Rug
Looking for a rug to add some color and warmth to your home? The Gold Gabbeh Area Rug is a perfect choice. This traditional, hand-knotted wool rug features an intricate pattern that will bring life into any room. Its soft, plush pile height makes it feel like you are walking on clouds! You can choose from a variety of colors and sizes to find the perfect one for your space. Add this beautiful rug to your home today! We offer free shipping and returns so you can order with confidence knowing that if it doesn't work out, we'll take care of everything. Order now before they're all gone!
5. Green Gabbeh Area Rug
This green Gabbeh area rug is an elegant and contemporary addition to any room. It features a beautiful intricate pattern, soft wool pile height, and hand-knotted construction. This traditional design will add warmth to your space with its rich colors and plush texture. You’ll love the feel of this rug underfoot – it’s so soft! And you can enjoy it without worrying about shedding or pilling because of its durable quality. Plus, the Gabbeh Area Rug is easy to clean with just soap and water! Don't wait - order now!
6. Brown Gabbeh Area Rug
Are you looking for a rug to make a statement for your space? Well, This gorgeous and elegant Brown Gabbeh Area Rug is the perfect addition to any room. It’s hand-knotted and made of wool, which means it will feel soft and plush under your feet. The intricate pattern adds an elegant touch to any space while also being contemporary in design. This beautiful rug is perfect for your home decoration. You will fall in love with your interior with this soft and smooth textured rug.
7. Brown Gabbeh Area Rug
Brown Gabbeh Area Rug is the perfect addition to any room. This rug will make your space feel cozy and inviting. It’s made of wool, which makes it soft and plush. The intricate pattern on this area rug is sure to catch anyone’s eye! You won't find another rug like this one anywhere else! With its traditional design, gorgeous colors, and soft pile height, you'll be able to enjoy it for years to come. Get yours today before they're gone!
8. Gold Ikat Area Rug
The Gold Ikat Area Rug is a traditional, beautiful, gorgeous hand-knotted wool area rug that will add softness and plush to your home. It features an intricate pattern with lovely colors and is available in contemporary or traditional design. The pile height of this rug is low which makes it perfect for high traffic areas like living rooms or bedrooms. You can't go wrong with the Gold Ikat Area Rug! It's durable, elegant, and adds color to any room while also being comfortable underfoot. If you're looking for a new addition to your home decor then look no further than this gorgeous area rug! Order today!
9. Brown Gabbeh Area Rug
Looking for a rug to spruce up your living room? The Brown Gabbeh Area Rug is a perfect choice. This traditional rug has beautiful colors and intricate patterns that will add a gorgeous touch to any home. It’s hand-knotted from wool, so it feels soft and plush underfoot. And with its pile height of 0.5 inches, it’s an elegant addition to any contemporary space. Add this lovely area rug to your home today! You won't regret it when you see how great it looks in person!
10. Multi-Color Gabbeh Area Rug
If you're looking for a rug that will make your space feel cozier and inviting, then the Multi-Color Gabbeh Area Rug is perfect for you. This rug features an intricate pattern with a beautiful design. It's made of 100% wool so it feels soft and plush underfoot. The pile height is low which makes it easy to clean and maintain. And the colors are rich and vibrant! You'll love how this rug complements any room in your home or office - whether it's traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between! Plus, because this rug has such a low pile height, you can use it on hardwood floors without worrying about damaging them.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wool Rugs
1. What Is A Wool Blend Rug?
A wool blend rug is made from materials such as cotton, polyester, and rayon - typically with an acrylic backing for durability! Wool adds softness to the mix that you won't get in other fibers like cotton or polyester.
2. Are Wool Blend Rugs Worth It?
A wool blend rug will be more expensive than a cotton one, but the benefits are worth it. Wool is durable and soft to touch - so you'll get years of use out of your new rug! Plus, because this type of rug has such low pile height, they're perfect for places where there's hardwood flooring without the worry of it getting scratched up. They are the perfect investment for your home.
3. What Are The Benefits Of Wool Blend Rugs?
Wool is durable and will last for years to come, so you won't need a new rug anytime soon! Wool also has natural antibacterial properties that help prevent odor buildup - meaning these types of rugs stay fresher longer than others. If you have hardwood floors, wool blend rugs are perfect because they have low pile height and won't scratch up your flooring. Wool rugs also offer a good amount of cushioning, making them perfect for heavy foot traffic areas.
4. Are Wool Blend Rugs Perfect For The Living Room?
Absolutely! Wool blend rugs are great for any room in your home - especially the living room because they're affordable and offer a lot of styles when paired with another decor. You can place a wool rug in front of your sofa to add some interest and texture or line the perimeter around a coffee table for added warmth. It doesn't matter what style you love - wool-blend rugs are perfect!
5. Can I Use Wool Rugs For Outdoor Areas?
Wool rugs are not typically recommended for outdoor use because they are made of natural fibers that can dry out and wear down faster than the average synthetic fiber rug. But, If you can find a rug made of wool and other natural fibers (such as cotton, jute, or seagrass), then the answer is yes. Place a wool rug where there is no exposure to sun or rain.
6. Are Wool Rugs Durable?
Wool rugs are durable because they are resistant to dirt, stains, and most household spills. They are made of natural fibers that can be sensitive to sunlight or rain exposure. Wool rug durability is high because they resist dirt and stains from spills. To keep a wool rug in good condition it needs to be vacuumed with care (avoid pulling it by the edge), periodically sprayed with a rug protector and resealed, or have wool rug pads placed underneath for extra protection. Wool rugs are the most durable and natural of all rug types.
7. Are Wool Rugs Better Than Synthetic Rugs?
A wool rug is more durable than many synthetic rugs. Synthetic fibers are not as tough or long-lasting because they don't resist stains and dirt like natural materials do, but they're easier to clean and less prone to shrinking over time. However, there's a trade-off, the downside of synthetics is that it can be a problem if the rug is left in one place for too long and it collects dirt. So, If you want to buy a rug for a specific spot in your house, it's best to get something synthetic. However, wool blends are becoming increasingly popular because they offer the natural benefits of wool while also offering more resilience against stains and dirt than many synthetics. They're less likely to shrink over time like some synthetics too! This rug style is perfect if you have pets or kids.
8. What Are The Pros And Cons Of Having A Wool Blend Rug?
Wool blend rugs have both pros and cons - just like any rug made from a natural material. One of the biggest pros is that they are resistant to stains and dirt, so this means that you won't have to worry about bringing out your vacuum cleaner as often! However, one con might be if you're looking for something with a more modern look - wool blends can get rid of their bright colors over time. Wool blend rugs are a great way to create some warmth and comfort in your home. But, they are very vulnerable to fading colors and scratches, so they may not be the best choice for a room where someone is constantly walking.
9. How To Clean A Wool Rug?
Cleaning a wool rug is a lot like cleaning any other type of rug. First, vacuum the rug to get rid of the dust and dirt particles that might be stuck in its fibers. Then use warm water mixed with dish detergent (or some other gentle cleaner) and clean it by hand or using a carpet scrubber. You can also use a liquid or gel-type rug cleaner, but make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions. After cleaning it, vacuum the wool rug thoroughly again and let it dry before rolling it up for storage. The next time you want to use your wool blend rug just unroll and give it a quick shake outside first so that any dirt particles are removed. This technique will also get rid of the "new rug smell" and freshen up your wool blend rug.
10. Are Wool Rugs Better Than Other Rugs?
Yes! Wool rugs are better than other rugs like shag rugs, cotton rugs, sisal rugs, silk rugs, flat-weave rugs, hand-tufted wool rugs, woven rugs, custom rugs, braided rugs, Polyester Rugs, and other natural fiber rugs. Wool rugs are considered better because the rug construction of a wool rug is designed to be less likely to develop "pills" or fuzzies. It is a good quality rug that gives a soft underfoot rug for people who live with allergies. They are naturally stain-resistant and are hand-woven with perfection.
11. How Often Should I Vacuum My Wool Rug?
Every two weeks you should vacuum your wool rug with a soft-bristled brush attachment and the suction on low so as not to damage it or pull out any fibers. Vacuuming will also pick the dirt and dirt from the wool rug, but it is important to know that over-vacuuming can damage a wool rug. If your rug has liquid stains, it is important to blot them with a wet or damp cloth before vacuuming.
12. Are Wool Hand-Knotted Rugs Perfect For High Traffic Areas?
Wool Hand-Knotted Rugs are perfect for high-traffic areas, as they can withstand the wear and tear from people walking on them. They have soft underfoot, yet are durable and easy to vacuum. You can place gorgeous wool power-loomed rugs in your high traffic areas like hallways or entryways.
13. Does Wool Blend Rug Shed?
Some wool blends do have a tendency to shed in the beginning but this will go away after about six months of use. The shedding is called “breaking in” and it is a sign that the rug will be softer for your feet. You can use rug pads or a rug's backing to help with the shedding.
14. Can I Place A Wool Blend Rug Over My Hardwood Floor?
Yes! You can place a wool blend rug over your hardwood floor. Wool blend carpets are not heavy and will be easy to install on top of the wood floors. They are made for this type of use so you don't have to worry about damaging your flooring. You can place a wool rug in your dining room area, bedroom, living room, or even in your bathroom.
15. Can I Place A Rug Pad Under My Rug?
Yes! A silk rug, wool rug, cotton rug, shag rug, or even a synthetic rug can be placed on top of a pad. You may want to place a natural fiber rug over an artificial one, but it is not necessary. However, if you have hardwood floors then we suggest using a wool or cotton carpet as they will be softer for your feet and help with the shedding process. A wool-woven rug under a rug pad is the best way to go.
16. Does Wool Come Under The Category Of Antique Rugs?
No. Wool is not an antique textile type, but it does come from sheep (and sometimes other animals!). An antique rug would be made of a more natural material like silk or cotton.
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