What would I recommend for homes with kids & pets & lots of commotion?
I have 3 kids, a dog and a cat and lots of wool carpets.
I recommend wool area rugs & wall to wall carpeting over cotton or silk fiber rugs in the public areas of your home (high traffic areas like hallways, living rooms, family rooms, dining rooms) because they are easy to maintain. Cotton and silk are great choices for a bedroom or study, where there is less wear and tear.
Known as the “forgiving” fiber, wool is soft and cozy, and tough on dirt, spills and wear.
So, here’s the skinny on wool carpet:
Note that wool does not like moisture – and therefore, wool is a damp basement or any damp area of your home is not recommended.
I recently read this blog caption “Wool is a popular carpeting fiber, but it is not the best option for houses with children”, and then realized that the blogger was promoting synthetic fibers with built-in chemical stain treatments. So, we will disregard this advice entirely, because since you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re looking for all natural rugs with no chemicals and no toxic ingredients.
Introduced in the 1960s, and wildly popular in the 1970s – wall to wall carpeting is enjoying a resurgence in popularity mainly because of its warmth and softness.
Do you remember the 70s shag? Whole living rooms blanketed with avocado or tangerine shag floors that needed to be raked?
Or perhaps like me, you grew up watching The Brady Bunch, with almost the entire set covered in wall to wall carpet?
(What ever happened to Carol Brady’s husband? And did anyone else notice that the exterior view of the Brady house showed the second floor on the left side while the interior clearly has the staircase on the right side? Just two of the mysteries of my childhood).
Somewhere in the 90’s, flooring trends changed. Wall to wall carpeting was ripped out and replaced with hardwood floors and area rugs.
Carpet has lost favor as a decor choice, partly due to the ‘bad rap’ it has endured. That new carpet smell? The result of the chemicals used to manufacture the carpet. Critics maintain that these chemicals off gas and create poor indoor air quality.
Besides no off gassing/ new carpet smell, here are some of the reasons why Organic Wool Carpet is an ideal choice for living areas, hallways and bedrooms:
soft and comfortable underfoot
natural material from rapidly renewable resource (sheep)
filters dust and allergens
durable and long-lasting; wears well, resilient, retains original texture
flameproof, abrasion resistant
excellent sound absorption and heat insulation
easily cleaned and maintained
no chemical stain protectors or moth proofing treatments
What’s old is new again. Organic Weave offers a myriad of color and style choices, including shags. Shags that need no rake.