Wool is a very luxurious, sustainable and beautiful fibre. Wool is the only authentic fibre that synthetics strive to emulate. We understand why, let us explain in short all the marvellous qualities of your woollen carpet.
Wool carpets bounce back. They are naturally crush resistant – The wool fibre is naturally curly which causes it to bounce back into shape when crushed. So no need to worry about prints in your rug.
We love its sustainability – Wool is produced from totally renewable and natural resources – water, sun and grass and requiring far less energy to produce than synthetic fibres. Wool carpet reduces heating and cooling energy requirements by preventing heat loss and heat rise through floors. This makes a good heating regulator for your home.
Keeping it clean is child’s play. Wool is the most forgiving and easiest fibre to clean and maintain. Wool does not attract lint so vacuum cleaning is easier and in wet cleaning fibres swell and release dirt particles. Wool is an animal fibre, this ensures that when the fibre comes into contact with moisture, it will not immediately soak into the fibre but crystallise on top of the carpet, giving you time to remove stains with ease.
We like it safe. Wool is naturally safe – Wool is renowned for its outstanding flame resistance due to high moisture and protein content, difficult to ignite, with low flame spread and heat release properties. Wool does not melt or drip and has excellent self-extinguishing properties.
Clean air coming up! Wool naturally improves indoor air quality – Wool stabilizes relative humidity by absorbing or releasing moisture during periods of high or low atmospheric humidity. If maintained, it absorbs and neutralizes airborne particles and fumes such as formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxides.
Wool carpet is also hypo-allergenic. Wool does not promote the growth of dust mites or bacteria or give off harmful emissions.
Another fibre allstar BOMAT loves to work with is TENCEL™ Lyocell. Made by Austrian company Lenzing, TENCEL™ Lyocell is a regenerated cellulose fibre with properties almost identical to cotton. It’s part of the Rayon family, made from renewable wood materials.
How is it made you ask? TENCEL™ is manufactured mainly from Eucalyptus tree farms, which grow fast and thick on low-grade land. It takes just half an acre to grow enough trees for one ton of TENCEL™ fibre. Cotton needs at least five times as much land—plus, it must be good quality farmland. On top of that TENCEL™ production is done without the use of pesticides or insecticides (unlike its dirty cousin, cotton).
While these trees don’t need irrigation, water is still used to process the pulp and turn it into TENCEL™ fibre. Lenzing estimates its water use at 155 gallons per pound of fibre, which is 80% less than cotton. TENCEL™ has a closed loop production process, meaning over 99% of the non-toxic solvent is captured and reused in the system instead of being flushed out as wastewater. And don’t just take our word for it: TENCEL™ fibres are certified by the European eco-label Oeko Tex 100 as containing low levels of manufacturing chemicals and byproducts.
So we’ve established that your Tencel Lyocell carpet is environmentally friendly. But what other advantages does it bring? Soft and comfy. Lyocell is made from nanofibrils, which in turn makes your Tencel carpet super soft and comfortable with a silky touch. Way better than its viscose equivalent, the developed fibre is reported to exhibit excellent modulus responsible for higher fibre stiffness compared to viscose in wet state, which further define its compressibility and resilience.
Linen is a beautiful plant based fibre used for a natural made carpet. Your linen carpet is made from flax, and is one of the best fibres out there and has been for ages. It is strong, breezy, and oh so gentle to your feet and the planet. Linen uses basically no water, and emits ¼ of the carbon as cotton per pound of fibre.
Linen is extremely durable and has a soft handle lustrous texture. Linen is almost three-times more durable than cotton. Furthermore in addition to its tactile beauty, it possesses exceptional anti-bacterial, anti-static and non-allergenic properties, making it an ideal material for your living space.
Probably one of the most luxurious fibres, due to its production process. Silk is made from the silkworm. Silk is a beautiful natural fibre with a soft feel and a luxurious sheen. Silk dyes better than most other fibres, that is why you get the brilliant colours in your silk carpet. Another great advantage is that despite its elegant appearance, it is surprisingly strong and durable.
More natural coming your way. We like to use Sisal in our carpets, Sisal is a very beautiful natural fibre extracted from the leaves of the agave plant which is a form of cactus. The many great advantages of Sisal are that it is 100% biodegradable, non-toxic and antibacterial.
The sisal fibre used for the carpet is extremely durable, it helps control humidity in your living space due to its anti-static characteristics. It absorbs moisture from the air when it’s humid and releases it when humidity drops which stabilizes the smell for sensitive noses and on top of all that it provides natural sound isolation.
If you like it tough. The fibres of the sisal agave are incredibly tough and strong, more so than other fibrous materials like jute. In fact, sisal is often used in things like baling twine and mariner rope, as well as by the auto industry as a green replacement for things like fiberglass and asbestos. Sisal is more rough to the touch, unlike other fibres like silk, Tencel or wool.
Easy to maintain! Sisal is a low maintenance carpet and rug option. Regular vacuuming is all that’s needed to keep sisal carpeting in good shape.
Last but not least hemp, so beautiful and natural looking, a hemp rug can immediately add warmth and texture in your space. Hemp is the strongest of all natural plant fibres, ideal for high traffic areas. It is naturally mould-resistant and that is why they do not deteriorate when in contact with liquids, making them great for kitchens and bathrooms. As with many plant based fibres, hemp is also naturally hypoallergenic with anti-bacterial properties, they are not only eco-friendly, they’re also biodegradable and sustainably made.
Hemp is also extremely versatile in terms of growing conditions and actually produces far more fibre per acre than plants like cotton, making it a great choice for the environmentally conscious and those with a focus on sustainable living.
The choice simply comes down to which rug you like best and which one is more suitable to your needs.