Hi folks! Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott, AZ to talk to you all about differences in wool rugs! I know that it’s easy to think that just because your area rug is made from wool, it automatically means that it’s a nice, high quality rug. Wool is, after all, the superior rug fiber! Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all wool rugs are created equal, however. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth!
Just like dogs and cats have different hair from breed to breed, sheep wool is the same thing!
As a general rule, you can expect finer, higher-quality wools to come with a higher price tag.
Some of the characteristics that differ from wool to wool are different qualities in the strength, length of wool, and softness. All of these play a part in setting the value of the wool. Extremely high quality wool is reserved largely for clothing, while coarser wool is the best choice for rugs. Coarser wool is much sturdier and will hold up better to foot traffic from humans and their pets as well as multiple cleanings over the course of many years. Another important factor is how the rug is made. Construction is a major consideration of a rugs value which I discuss in other articles.
My suggestion before you buy an area rug is this: do your homework! You also shouldn’t expect the store salesman to have all the answers. Unless you’re shopping in a high-end rug gallery, the salesperson will more than likely not have the answers you are seeking. Think of it this way as a general rule…. The more money the rug costs, the more research you should do to ensure you are receiving the value you are asked to pay for!
Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!
Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.
Give us a call for more information about the differences in wool area rugs at 928-445-1718, visit our website at www.ArizonaOriental.com, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 03-09-2020