Carpets were once a luxury reserved for the wealthiest Americans. Due to advances in manufacturing after the Second World War, carpeting rose to prominence. Today, carpets are a staple of Edwardsville homes. Most carpeting is synthetic—made from nylon, polyester, olefin, or another petroleum-derivative. At Floor Coverings International Metro East, many of our customers prefer a carpet made from natural fibers, like wool.
How It’s Made
Wool is harvested from sheep that spend most of their time on a farm eating grass and enjoying the New Zealand sea breeze. Then, once a year, they are taken to a sheerer for a quick haircut. This doesn’t harm the sheep; in fact, sheep have been bred to produce so much wool that if they weren’t regularly sheered, their hair would grow to unmanageable lengths. To keep them warm in-between buzz cuts, many shepherds don their sheep in sweaters.
The wool is taken to a processing facility where it is turned into yarn. The wool fibers are first cleaned and combed through. Then, they are combined, twisted, and put onto spools. Finished yarn is sent to a carpeting manufacturer, who threads the yarn in and out of a backing material, forming the carpet.
Wool makes for high-quality carpets. If not for the price, wool would easily be the most popular carpet found in Edwardsville homes. Here are some of its biggest advantages:
- Wool does not conduct static electricity, so there is no worry of getting shocked in the wintertime.
- It’s an excellent insulator. Homes with wool carpeting enjoy lower heating and cooling bills.
- Wool carpets are warm and soft underfoot. They’re perfect for family rooms and bedrooms.
- The natural fibers of a wool carpet are resistant to dirt.
- It’s easily stained, resulting in bright, vivid colors.
We’re All About Wool
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