Forum Title: Considerations for wool carpets
First, I am so happy to have found this site. I went through past forum threads to learn more about wool carpet because we are considering replacing an old carpet in our family room with wool carpet. However, I don't know anyone who has wool carpet and I'm a newbie to this option. These are the things that really draw me to wool as an option: 1. Natural fiber without a bunch of chemicals like synthetics. I tend to be sensitive to a lot of chemicals, and from what I've found in my research, the synthetics all have StainMaster, odor treatments, etc. I'm not crazy about that. 2. Renewable and sustainable resource that doesn't deplete forests. 3. Durable. It sounds like with proper maintenance, wool carpets can last a really long time. 4. Soft and feels amazing. 5. Recycleable and biodegradable. Being nice to the environment is a good thing That said, the price was a bit of a shock to me. Price isn't the only consideration, however, especially since we are only recarpeting one room (maybe two) on the main floor at this time. The room we are definitely recarpeting is 12' x20'. Depending on cost, we may do the other room on our main floor with carpet so that all rooms on the main floor match. I visited a nearby flooring and finishes store, and they had several options of wool carpet available including Eclipse, Woolshire, Godfrey Hirst, Fabrica, etc. The prices seemed to range from $40ish-90ish (American dollars) per square yard. In the other forum threads, I saw discussion about Godfrey Hirst and Fabrica, but have not heard any feedback on Eclipse or Woolshire. I do know that the Eclipse options were less expensive, but I'm curious whether anyone would recommend this brand or not. It is New Zealand wool, so that is good. I liked the Godfrey Hirst line as well, and of course Fabrica but that one was pretty expensive. I'm wondering whether even a less expensive option like Eclipse or Godfrey Hirst would be as good if not better than a mid-range synthetic. Here are my concerns/questions: * There was mention of wool carpet harboring moisture, mold, or mildew. Is this fiber really apt to do that over other types of carpet? * Is this a good option for a room with fairly heavy traffic? It's a family room, and we spend most of our time in here. * A lot of the wool carpet is looped, but I'm concerned about the loops pulling out over time. Would it be better to go with cut pile? * We have a small dog (poodle), but he is house trained and doesn't shed. He goes in and out of a doggy door in the back, and we come into this room from the garage, so dirt is a factor. We have no kids and don't plan to have kids. * We have a Dyson Animal vacuum. I does have a hardwood option to turn off the beater brush, but I've seen so much information about Dyson and carpets that I'm worried even if we turn off the beater brush, it might damage the wool due to the suction. Thoughts? * What kind of thing should I look for in the backing and pad? I thought the jute backing would be nice because it's natural, but I also read that jute can shrink. Thanks so much to everyone who contributes to this site. I've already learned a lot and really look forward to a discussion so I can make a decision. I'd really love to avoid synthetics and chemicals, but we've got to make sure that this will be a good choice for our lifestyle.
Category: Carpet Post By: THELMA GREENE (Pompano Beach, FL), 03/01/2019

The person who can answer your questions best is probably Dobby or Harry so I'm sure they will chime in when they see this thread. The thing I know most about wool is that it has been keeping the sheep warm for centuries. Where are you located? Daris

- SARA PRICE (Apple Valley, MN), 04/27/2019

arkaytee said: ? These are the things that really draw me to wool as an option: 1. Natural fiber without a bunch of chemicals like synthetics. I tend to be sensitive to a lot of chemicals, and from what I've found in my research, the synthetics all have StainMaster, odor treatments, etc. I'm not crazy about that. 2. Renewable and sustainable resource that doesn't deplete forests. 3. Durable. It sounds like with proper maintenance, wool carpets can last a really long time. 4. Soft and feels amazing. 5. Recycleable and biodegradable. Being nice to the environment is a good thing Click to expand... All of these are the GREEN aspect of wool, for that there is a price. arkaytee said: ? That said, the price was a bit of a shock to me. Price isn't the only consideration, however, especially since we are only recarpeting one room (maybe two) on the main floor at this time. The room we are definitely recarpeting is 12' x20'. Depending on cost, we may do the other room on our main floor with carpet so that all rooms on the main floor match. I visited a nearby flooring and finishes store, and they had several options of wool carpet available including Eclipse, Woolshire, Godfrey Hirst, Fabrica, etc. The prices seemed to range from $40ish-90ish (American dollars) per square yard.Click to expand... Ya get what ya PAY for!! No one is giving it away free. arkaytee said: ? Here are my concerns/questions: 1 There was mention of wool carpet harboring moisture, mold, or mildew. Is this fiber really apt to do that over other types of carpet? 2 Is this a good option for a room with fairly heavy traffic? It's a family room, and we spend most of our time in here. 3 A lot of the wool carpet is looped, but I'm concerned about the loops pulling out over time. Would it be better to go with cut pile? 4 We have a small dog (poodle), but he is house trained and doesn't shed. He goes in and out of a doggy door in the back, and we come into this room from the garage, so dirt is a factor. We have no kids and don't plan to have kids. 5 We have a Dyson Animal vacuum. I does have a hardwood option to turn off the beater brush, but I've seen so much information about Dyson and carpets that I'm worried even if we turn off the beater brush, it might damage the wool due to the suction. Thoughts? 6 What kind of thing should I look for in the backing and pad? I thought the jute backing would be nice because it's natural, but I also read that jute can shrink.Click to expand... 1. I don't believe it is any worse than any other fiber. 2. Wool is great for heavy traffic. 3. With proper caution and care it will last for many years. 4. -A dog with properly trimmed nails will not usually affect a carpet adversly. 5. Turn off the brush and use it worry-free. No vac will create enough suction only to damage a quality carpet. 6. Often you will noit have a choice of backing material. Jute can shrink or stretch, a reaction to the conditions it is installed in. Properly installed and cared for it is a great backing. 7. I don't think that you will find a natural cushion, rubber, synthetic fiber, bonded, urethane are all made from synthetic products. Be reasonable, purchase what you like and can afford, enjoy your new carpet.

- LAWRENCE PETERSON (Albuquerque, NM), 03/01/2019

Thanks Daris and rgfloor! We are outside of Seattle, WA. So, we do get a fair amount of moisture here, hence my concern about #1. But based on rgfloor's response, it doesn't sound like it would be worse than what we currently have in that room. I'm totally fine with paying more for quality, so that's not a concern. I just didn't realize how much wool was until getting some prices at the store We can afford it, but just wanted to make sure that we weren't spending a lot of money on something that wouldn't work well for our house. Also like most other things in life, we were unsure about going for the least expensive or most expensive options, but considering all the options we looked at were New Zealand wool, we wondered if even the less expensive options would hold up well. Just curious

- ELIZABETH JONES (Elyria, OH), 03/24/2019

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