How carpets look and perform depends largely on the fibres they are made of. When it comes to carpet fibres, wool has long been recognised as the best.
It is soft and warm, resilient, naturally flame retardant and doesn’t ‘ugly out’, so looks better for longer. It is also an environmentally friendly and sustainable fibre and is biodegradable.
It is often blended in an 80/20 or 50/50 mix with other ‘man made’ fibres to enhance performance.
Synthetic fibres tend to be cheaper than wool and are certainly hard wearing although they are not as sumptuous in appearance as wool. Polypropylene also has the added benefit of being ‘stainfree’ and easy to clean.