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If there is a rug material which can provide warmth, comfort, and style, it has to be wool. No wonder why it is a commonly used “ingredient” in rugs. It is counted among the strongest rug fibers and lasts a lifetime if properly cared for. Here we will walk through the important details about wool as a rug material as well as other interesting pieces of information. 


Wool has been an important carpet material since the beginning of rug making among civilizations. It is said that it was started with the domestication of animals. The wool was obtained from the sheep. Legend has it that the court of Cyrus the Great, a founder of the Achaemenid Empire in the middle 6th century B.C., was bedecked with woolen carpets. Persians were credited to be the first community to make woolen carpets as they possessed herds of sheep. 

How Wool is obtained for a Rug

The wool used in a rug is generally obtained from sheep living in green pastures. These sheep are sheared only once a year as they completely grow their hair in 10 months. Wool is renewable and poses no threat to the natural circle of life, unlike synthetic fibers. Keratin is an organic protein found in wool which lets it fully dissolve into the earth. 

Benefits of Woolen Rugs

Aesthetic Appeal:

Woolen rugs are beautiful and enhance home décor. They add a touch of warmth and luxury to your home. 


Another striking benefit is that woolen rugs are high on comfort, whether you walk, stand or lie on the rug. 

Hygienic and Non-Allergic:

Wool is a natural material. It is hygienic and non-allergenic, making a great choice for asthma patients and people with sensitivities or allergies. 

Stain Resistance:

Wool fibers have a 30% higher rate of stain resistance than synthetic fibers. This is because of their natural light lanolin coating that prevents dirt and stains from going deeper.