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Wool rugs

Wool rugs are one of the most sought after and desired home luxuries in the world.  Wool rugs are commonplace in the American home and considered the best money can buy.  Wool rugs soar in popularity and for good reason.  Simply stated, wool rugs are born from one of the oldest textile fibers known:  wool. It has survived the test of time because of its unique natural properties. The basic characteristics wool possessed in the Stone Age era, for instance, are still the fundamental qualities that make wool unique in this century. Today there are many other textile fibers, but as yet science has not been able to produce another fiber containing all the natural properties of wool. Thus the continued success and popularity of the wool rug. 

Today‚Äôs wool rug is durable, strong and beautiful ranging from traditional, oriental, Persian, machine made, hand made and contemporary.  They remain unique; a masterpiece of design.  In the development of society and the measurement of wealth and accumulation of capital, wool has been a key resource.  Luxury goods were vital to the formation of trading economies during the Mesopotamian era. 

Given over 200 varieties of sheep, the statement "wool rug" could mean any number of things in terms of quality, handling, and price to you the consumer as you investigate the market for a rug or carpet.  Further complicating to the term is the fact that the fiber varies considerably in texture across the body of an individual sheep, as well as differences based on the sex of the sheep.  Add in nutrition, age and general health of the sheep and you have yet another class of variables to mix into the concept. 

Fiber selected for durability and long wearing is generally harsh in consistency rather than soft and delicate such as the fiber used for a lambs wool sweater.  The "hand" or texture of the fiber reflects the level of scratchiness found in the finished rug.  The manner of grooming and shearing and resulting processing of the fiber can also vary widely amongst rug producers. 

Given the extraordinary complexity of wool itself, it's surprising to note that many wool rug applications, for example modern machine produced oriental designs, are often based on fiber which is inappropriate for use as an area rug or floor covering at all, rather should have been processed into garments or decorative furnishings in light traffic areas.  In many Oriental rug designs, the weavers harvested a longer fiber bearing greater overall density sometimes twice the size of other fiber, thus giving rise to a very different finished product.  Research into synthetic dyes intensified in the 19th century as European wool rug producers sought to recreate the complexity and design of the nomadic Oriental weaver, however to mass produce such floor products so that European and American consumers could participate in the home furnishing phenomenon.

Wool area rugs have become the litmus test of quality and beauty.  Often considered to be the best fiber to buy when searching for that perfect area rug.  Wool rugs, like all of the area rugs at Superior Rugs can be the perfect solution when seeking to remodel, reinvent or even update any room in your home.  They are a small investment that can breathe new life and beauty into your home without the hassle and expense of a major renovation.  From unique hand made one of a kinds to beautifully crafted machine made products, we have the largest online area rug selection. 


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