October 12, 2015
Why Choose A Wool Throw Rug Over Synthetic Imitations

In the past all throw rugs were handmade from natural fibres such as wool.

Hand weaving wool rugs has always been a work of art, with each rug having slightly different patterns and colours highlighting the unique style of the weaver and the offcourse the individuality of the natural materials.
Unfortunately these days the market has been flooded with poor quality throw rugs made from synthetic materials such as polyester, which is simply cheap petroleum based, plastic fibres.
These synthetic materials are generally very poor quality, will rapidly fade and fray, and once washed will never look like new again.
Synthetic fibres are also often very course and do not breath well making them a poor choice of material for throw rugs.

Why Choose A Wool Throw Rug Over Synthetic Imitations

Tasmanian Merino Wool Throw Rugs
If you’ve been thinking about investing in quality throw rug, Tasmanian Merino wool is one of the softest, most durable natural materials you will find.

 “In fact Australia’s official gift to the royal family for Princess Charlotte’s birth this year was a cot blanket made of Tasmanian Merino wool.” 

There is a good reason for this. Merino wool is a rich, natural fibre that is used by some of the worlds leading clothing designs and is an ideal material for throw rugs. Here’s why…

Soft and Comfortable
Merino wool fibres are extremely fine and have a natural elasticity that has a gentle luxurious feel against the skin. It is also a highly breathable, active fibre that reacts to changes in your body temperature. Keeping you warm in winter and cooler in summer.

Easy to Care For
Merino wool is a very durable material that can now be easily machine-washed and tumbled dry, coming out soft and odour free. Merino wool also has a natural protective layer that prevents stains from penetrating your rug.
A quality hand woven wool throw will last a lifetime. Compare this to the few years of use you will get from a synthetic rug and suddenly the initial savings don't seem so great.

100% Natural and Sustainable
If you care about the environment then choosing natural products that are ethically sourced is always a great option.
Merino wool is naturally grown (of course), biodegradable and renewable. Unlike synthetic materials sourced from petroleum and won't break down in landfill, your Merino wool throw rug will leave no negative impact on the environment.
One thing to remember when choosing a Tasmanian Merino wool throw rug is there are various micron classifications to choose from. The lower the number, the finer the fibres, and the therefore the softer your throw will be.
In my retail store in Coolangatta Queensland, we stock beautiful superfine (18 micron) throw rugs and (22 micron) throw rugs in a range of colours. We are located on ground level, The Strand at Coolangatta, 72 Marine Pde. 

As someone who is passionate about hand crafted, sustainable and premium quality home furnishings there is no question whether I would prefer a natural wool or synthetic throw rug for my home.
Once you feel the difference I’m sure you’ll feel the same way.

Why Choose A Wool Throw Rug Over Synthetic Imitations

Thanks for reading, we hope you have been inspired!

Jacinta Bishop

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