Wool or synthetic: which is right for you?

So you’ve decided that carpet’s the right choice for your space. It’s stylish, comfortable, and inviting, and will finish every room off nicely. But have you ever wondered what the difference is between wool and synthetic? Read on to find out what we’d recommend, and learn how to make sure that whatever you choose lasts as long as possible.

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Polypropylene

Also known as olefin, polypropylene offers some of the best stain resistance on the market. It’s also stain and fade-resistant, and the fibres are often used when making outdoor cushions, where direct sunlight can be an issue. Durable and highly resistant, it’s perfect for high-traffic areas like hallways and living rooms.

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Wool

Sumptuously soft, wool is one of the most comfortable materials available, while also being environmentally friendly and naturally produced. It’s also naturally dirt-repellent, resilient under heavy loads and high traffic, and easily dyed to a wide range of colours. One of the only drawbacks of wool is that it is more expensive than its synthetic counterparts, but it is an investment that you’re likely to hold onto for years. 

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The roundup

For rooms with lots of direct sunlight: Synthetic carpets are likely to fare better in these environments

For rooms with lots of traffic: Polypropylene and wool are both great options for hallways and key living areas

For rooms with heavy furniture: Wool is great at bouncing back after being compacted for a long period of time

For accident-prone areas: Most carpets offer a basic level of protection against stains, but synthetics like polypropylene are more resilient to them

 

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