When choosing a carpet or rug for your home, the material needs to be durable, low-maintenance and be available in multiple colours and patterns. Luckily, wool ticks all of these boxes. There are many benefits of wool rugs and carpets, and we’ll explore a handful of them in our blog.

Five reasons why we love wool flooring

One of the titans in natural materials, there are numerous benefits of wool carpets and rugs. In support of last month’s Campaign for Wool’s Wool Week Initiative (whose patron is none other than the Prince of Wales), we’re going to give you a rundown of the advantages of wool carpets and rugs below.

1. Plenty of Choice

Wool is unmatched in terms of the variety of colours, styles and textures. Having been one of humanity’s staple materials for thousands of years, there are so many different types of wool to choose from, making it a versatile material that suits a variety of aesthetics.

At knotistry we stock wool in dramatic stripes, such as the Rock n Roll wool collection, gentle Boucles, as seen in the Wool Berber collection, and chunky eco carpets, including the Barefoot Hatha wool collection, amongst many others.

Click here to browse our wide range of wool carpet and rugs and see for yourself the huge range of wool designs that we stock.

Alternative Flooring - Iconic Stripe Simone Wool Carpet
Wool Iconic Stripe Simone by Alternative Flooring

2. Health Benefits of Wool Rugs and Carpets

Our modern lives are busier than ever, with many of us often struggling to find the time to switch off from it all and block out the noise. It has been reported that having moments of quiet and silence can have physical health benefits, such as:

– Lowering your blood pressure
– Decreasing your heart rate
– Steadying your breathing
– Reducing muscle tension
– Increasing focus and cognition
– Psychological benefits

With many of us working from home more than ever, these are some essential benefits that we need to be reaping.

Fortunately, wool is an excellent noise insulator. Sound waves are absorbed by the pile, rather than reflecting the sound back. It’s an ideal material to have in your home sanctuary.

Wool has the ability to naturally regulate moisture, too. It effectively ‘breathes’, absorbing moisture when the atmosphere is damp and then releasing it when it is dry. This creates a warmer, more comfortable environment. This can also help reduce the development of mould in homes.

This breathing effect helps keep you warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing the need for heating/air conditioning and reducing your carbon footprint.

Crucial Trading Grace Ocean Pearl Wool Rug
Wool Grace Ocean Pearl by Crucial Trading

3. Wool Provides Great Air Filtration

Did you know that wool carpets act as a natural air purifier and filter? Simply by making the decision to purchase a wool carpet you can improve the air quality of your home, making your space healthier and safer to be in.

Wool carpets filter the air by rapidly absorbing the common Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). These are released from many different home items, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can damage your kidneys, liver and central nervous system.

Wool neutralises these compounds and doesn’t re-emit them, even when heated. It also traps common allergens such as pollen and dust, keeping them away from the breathing zone until they are vacuumed away.

This makes using a sustainable wool carpet a powerful tool for keeping your home or office healthy and comfortable all year round.

4. Wool is a Sustainable Choice of Flooring

Wool is a naturally sustainable product. Sheep grow new coats every year, and they thrive on natural resources like water, grass and sunshine. Due to its natural durability, it often lasts up to 20 years longer than synthetic carpets, keeping the landfill sites clearer for longer.

It is 100% naturally biodegradable and renewable. No other natural fibre is able to match wool on its renewable credentials. It uses dramatically less water than cotton and much less energy than polyester to produce.

Wool is also made up of 50% pure carbon. Sheep feed on plants and the organic carbon from those plants is what fuels them. This carbon then becomes part of the wool. It will biodegrade and break down, acting as a natural fertiliser, slowly releasing the carbon and valuable nutrients back into the soil.

At knotistry, we only supply natural luxury flooring solutions, including wool rugs, carpets and stair runners. Each collection we sell adds a sophisticated element to your home with little environmental impact, so you can style your house in your own, eco-friendly way. Read more about our sustainable materials here.

5. Wool is Naturally Flame Retardant

Did you know that wool is naturally flame retardant? Even at high temperatures, wool will not drip, melt or stick, and is extremely difficult to set alight. This makes it an extremely safe option for you to have in your home. We’ll give some of the reasons below:

Firstly, wool flooring is flame retardant, due to the fact it has a high ignition temperature of 570-600C. In comparison, cotton has 407°C, and wood has 300°C.

Wool also has a high water and nitrogen content, meaning that it requires an unsustainable amount of oxygen to actually stay alight. This means even if it does catch fire, it is unlikely to be able to hold a flame for long.

The natural structure of wool fibres makes them excellent at creating an insulating layer to prevent the spread of flames, even dampening down flames that have taken hold of other materials.

Discover the benefits of wool rugs and carpets with knotistry

At knotistry, we can’t get enough of wool carpets and rugs. They add a comfortable, luxurious element to any room, and there’s plenty to choose from, so you’ll have no problem finding a carpet that matches the style of your home. However, if you’re after a particular aesthetic, create a custom wool rug with our rug builder and we’ll deliver the perfect rug for you.

If you need any more information about the benefits of wool flooring, please speak to our expert team for advice. You can also order some free samples to experience wool’s many advantages for yourself. Get in touch today by making an enquiry or by calling 0117 370 2762. You can also send us an email at: [email protected].

100% Un-dyed wool, hand-woven and backed with Cotton. 

This month we’ve got hold of some truly innovative, ecologically conscious carpets that’ll bring grace, elegance and sophistication to your home this autumn.

We’ve been hankering after the Barefoot Collection by Alternative Flooring for some time now. Hand-woven on traditional looms, the Barefoot Collection is created from 100% un-dyed wool. The hand-woven effect lends the collection a rugged, natural charm while the thick wool pile brings added comfort.

The Wool Barefoot Hatha; Sanskrit

Although we have other 100% un-dyed wool ranges, such as the Wool Knot and the Wool Pebble, what makes the Barefoot Collection particularly special is that it is woven onto cotton and secured with latex. This avoids the use of any synthetic adhesives whatsoever. If you fear ‘off-gassing’ or ‘VOCs’ – volatile organic compounds – then the Barefoot Collection is undoubtedly the best solution for your home.

We’re currently running three Barefoot ranges: the Bikram, the Hatha and the Ashtanga. The Bikram and the Hatha differ in weave but are each available in seven shades of un-dyed wool. The Ashtanga is a subtle un-dyed stripe.

The Wool Barefoot Bikram; Laya

The Barefoot Bikram is a thick, tightly woven twist pile which warmly envelops the toes as it’s walked over. The density of the pile even allows this carpet to be used on stairs.

The Barefoot Hatha, is a chunky, magnificent loop pile. With a pile depth of about 15mm, the foot really sinks into this carpet, cosseting your feet and minimizing your footfall. The size of the loop on the Hatha means that it is unsuitable for stairs but it’s presence in bedrooms and living spaces could not go unnoticed.

Wool Barefoot Ashtanga; Asana

The Ashtanga Range is a thick loop, using contrasting un-dyed wools to create a wholly natural stripe. The Ashtanga, like the Hatha, has too large a loop for use on stairs but it brings a breathtaking sense of definition to a floor-space.

It’s important to remember that the purpose of the Barefoot Collection is to minimize the use of any man-made materials. This means that these carpets are not treated with a moth or stain protection.

Barefoot Ashtanga Silk (Call us for prices and availability)

The Barefoot collection can be stretch-fitted traditionally, again avoiding the use of any flooring adhesives. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly underlay for for use under your eco-friendly carpet we’d recommend having a look at the Envirolay underlays by Texfelt that are manufactured in the UK using 100% recycled fibres.

The Barefoot Collection proves that you can be choosey about the materials and installation methods used in your home, yet remain uncompromising in your sense of style.

For more information, prices and availability please call us on 0117 370 2762 or email us at [email protected].

Alternative Flooring’s truly original, idiosyncratic designs!

We can now supply Alternative Flooring’s Quirky B runners and carpets for spaces in need of something completely different. Give a new life to your interior with mesmerizing geometric patterns in bold, brazen colours. For information, prices and availability call us on 0117 370 2762

Quirky B Daisy; Gerbera

The Daisy pattern evinces calm and contemplation; little wonder that it was inspired by the murals which grace the walls of ancient Buddhist temples.

Quirky B Tetra; Gibbs

The Tetra leaps out at you with three-dimensional, Picasso-esque vitality. 

Quirky B Dotty; Duck Egg

Some of the Quirky carpets, like the Dotty and the Fair Isle, are available in set width runners (69cm) which bring exuberance and style to a staircase. 

For information, prices and availability call us on 0117 370 2762

Browse some of Crucial Trading’s imagery from their beautiful 2016 brochure…

Back in August, we got a first look at Crucial Trading’s new brochure. For those that haven’t yet had the pleasure of flicking through its pages, we thoroughly recommend it!

Here is a sneak preview of some of their wonderful new lifestyle imagery – if there’s a product that you see that’s not yet available on our website which you’d like to see a sample of, call our sales line – 0117370 2762, or email us on [email protected]

The Sisal Aztec Maize is a sumptuous, thick weave Sisal carpet, woven in an incredibly durable panama weave.

The Sisal Aztec Range, this time in the colour Alabaster is also available to make into a rug using our Rug Creator!

Here’s Crucial Trading’s Sisal Grand Herringbone Praline – a super-strength Sisal carpet that’s so tough, it’s even contract rated for commercial projects!

We’ve been wanting to get our hands on Crucial Trading’s new Harmony Sisal range for months now! Available in a laid-back palette of cool blues, neutral greys and calming creams in Boucle and Herringbone weaves, the Harmony collection is truly innovative in Sisal carpet manufacturing.

Coir has always been our favourite bit of rough at Knotistry. It has a cosy, rusticating effect on a floorspace, as Crucial’s Coir Boucle Natural shows here. 

Wool Opal, colour Mousey Brown. 100% wool, heavy wearing, moth protected, available in 4m and 5m widths – a fantastic all-rounder!

Wool Storm, colour Chalk. The Wool Storm range employs a tight uniform loop in greys and creams – perfect for areas where you need the warmth of a wool carpet which tones in nicely with a light, muted decor. 

Bringing warmth and sensuality to a floor space, Crucial Trading’s Sisal Small Boucle Accents, colour Scarlet is one of our favourites this winter. 

To browse Crucial Trading’s full collection, visit their website. Call us on 0117 370 2762 or email us on [email protected] for prices and availability.