It’s all about the fibres
Wool has been the main choice in flooring for centuries and it is still recognised as the best fibre for use in carpet. It is used on its own (100% wool) or in blends with nylon and polypropylene to improve its durability. 80% wool 20% nylon is a popular choice for strength and stain resistance.
The advantages of wool are:
- It is naturally flame retardant
- Has a low propensity to soil and has good appearance retention
- It has very good wear properties
- It is easy to clean and maintain reducing the need for stain protection products
- It is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, can be recycled
- It is allergy free since it doesn’t add to dust mites or bacterial growth
Nylon is commonly used as a blend fibre with wool as well as on its own.
The advantages of nylon are:
- It is extremely hard wearing
- Easy to clean
- Very high abrasion resistance
- Multiple colour choices
Polypropylene is highly stain resistant and is very popular due to its stain and fade resistance as well as its affordability for both residential and commercial carpets.
The advantages of polypropylene are:
- It is hard wearing
- Stain resistant
- Easy to clean
- Very good colour fastness
The advantages of polyester are:
- Light and bulky with good wear properties
- It has a lustrous appearance
- Good stain resistance
Inspired by nature, natural flooring creates all sorts of different textures that add depth and interest to an interior. Floor coverings made in natural fibres are often favoured by interior designers.
Coir is made from the strong fibres of the coconut husk. The natural fibres are removed by hand and softened in sea water so that they can be woven into a selection of designs. Coir is both durable and good value and is popular for rugs and mats.
Jute gives a tweedy look and is soft underfoot. It comes from the stalk of the giant corchorus plant. The natural fibres are fine and homely, making jute more suitable to relaxing rooms rather than heavy use areas.
Seagrass grows in coastal meadows on the banks of rivers in tropical climates. The natural fibre is harvested by hand, dried and hand spun into cors before being woven into beautiful textural flooring.
Sisal comes from the Agave Sisalana Plant. The lustrous sisal fibre is woven into beautifully stylish carpets and rugs for the contemporary home. It is versatile and hard wearing and is an ideal choice for hallways and stairs.