Tying of Rugs
Oriental rugs are made by tying threads or spun yarn around a framework of warp and weft fibers. The materials used for the warp and weft are typically wool or cotton. Cotton lies flatter than wool and produces a more consistent rug. However, wool has natural antibacterial and moisture-resistant properties, which improve the durability of the carpet over time.
Benefits Of Wool Rugs
Because of its high fat content, wool is soft and plush. But the highest quality Persian rugs often have silk threads, which reflect more light and give the piece a shimmering appearance. However, certain areas used specific materials. For example, Egyptian rugs are almost always made completely of wool.
Naturally Fire-Resistant Rugs
Wool does not support flame, so it is a safer choice for rooms with a fireplace, or even kitchen rugs. It does not off-gas chemicals either. In England, for years all carpeting had to be made from wool. It is the safest, truly sustainable material for creating rugs in the world.
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