Because of its innate qualities, wool is considered a great bactericide material, as it contains fatty acids that inhibit the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.
Traditionally, wool is the most widely used material in rug-making. In its different versions, wool is a high-quality, thick, elastic and biodegradable fiber with many benefits, which is why you’ll see it used in about 90% of our rugs.
It is a fiber typically obtained through a shearing process of certain animals like sheep, and it is composed of an animal protein called keratin.
Among the most remarkable properties of the virgin wool that we use in so many of our rugs are:
Bactericidal - Its ability to repel mold, fungi and bacteria is due to the thin waxy layer that the wool fiber has on it. This natural coating repels water that can cause mold and mildew. Therefore, wool rugs do not require regular washing and odors naturally perspire after repeated use.
Thermal regulation - Wool is an active fiber that reacts to changes in temperature. In the winter, the insulating qualities of wool trap dry air and provide warmth; while in summer, the rolled form of the fiber extracts excess heat and humidity from the environment, thereby helping to preserve a cooler temperature.
Waterproof - The inner core of the wool fiber can absorb up to 30% of its own weight without changing shape or feeling damp to the touch.
Fireproof - It requires extremely high temperatures to burn and does not melt like synthetic fibers.
Biodegradable - It is a raw material that is obtained in an absolutely natural and sustainable way. Likewise, it is recyclable and does not generate solid waste, which makes it a 100% biodegradable material that is produced with minimal environmental impact.
All this gives us infinite possibilities for creativity and for the use of this material with a very long durability over time. Definitely, the wool used in our rugs helps us to create healthy, balanced and natural environments, providing comfort and well-being.