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When you think of wool

The first thing that may come to mind is cute little sheep and rightfully so as most wool has been made from the fleece of sheep for thousands of years.

That's one of the primary reasons it's the most commonly used natural fiber for making rugs.
Wool is considered a protein fiber — one taken from an animal — which gives it superior absorbency.

It's soft touch and resiliency make it comfortable; it can stretch to around 70% of its natural length and then spring right back into shape. That's true even after years of wear.

It's also durable, naturally repelling stains and resisting water as a natural protective outer layer helps prevent stains from being absorbed.

Instead water droplets form on the surface of wool, bead together, and simply roll off.

All of these characteristics make it clear why wool is a superior choice for rugs.

Photographer © Kate McLean

But it's also a smart choice for the well-being of the world.

One of the most amazing and impactful aspects of the fiber is that it's renewable and biodegradable.

We know how wildlife and the natural world are affected by the pollution of plastics and synthetics, but only takes a year for a sheep to grow a full coat — which is great news on the sustainability end.

Wool can continue to be sourced and turned into products without us having to worry about its effect on the environment.

Wool does not need to be thrown away; it's biodegradable, which means it will break down naturally on its own.

It usually takes about 6 months for wool to degrade, while other synthetic fibers can take take up to 40 years.