Carpets are made of fibers synthetic or natural. Those fibers are responsible for the different characteristics that define a carpet and that is the first thing you should consider.
Wool is a rather expensive material for carpets but it looks divine and lush. It handles dirt very elegantly meaning that it hides it plus, it cleans very easily since moisture forces wool to release the dirt. I t is very resilient, flexible and ideal for areas of your home that are used constantly. Most importantly however, wool is environmentally friendly, it defuses indoor toxins and it is flame retardant. On the downside, it is prone to tears and it is as easy to stain it as it is to clean it.
Sisal is derived from the sisal plant and carpets made of sisal fiber are extremely strong and perfect for areas of your home that receive heavy traffic. It has a great texture and feel so it can add character to your home and it is absolutely non-toxic. On the downside, it is not the softest of materials so it is better not to be placed in an area where children play and it stains easily which is another reason why you shouldn’t place it in a children’s area. It is expensive but not as expensive as wool and it is eco-friendly.
Probably the material with the highest maintenance requirements. Just like cotton clothes, cotton carpets look and feel great but they attract dirt, dust and stains like magnets. They are not to be placed in areas where you sit and walk by often however soft and inviting they might appear. They are wear and tear prone but on the bright side they are easy to clean. Do not be mistaken however. They can be cleaned easily but as far as staining is concerned all bets are off.
Luxurious, shiny and resilient. Indeed, silk carpets look great, feel amazing and they can withstand heavy traffic but they do cost quite a lot. Also, they do not react well to cleaning and they fade if exposed to too much light. Because silk is so expensive it is often mixed with wool so be careful if you are buying for a silk carpet.
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