For those who like natural products, wool should be the fiber of choice when selecting carpet. As a society, we have grown farther away from nature and instead rely increasingly on man-made products. Although, this isn’t all bad, it does tend to have an effect on us, possibly more than we realize.
Since the 1930s, the interiors of offices and homes have increasingly incorporated air conditioning, fluorescent lighting, plastic furniture, laminates and other man-made materials. Research has shown that these design features have created spaces with wide-spread health effects such as headaches, allergies, breathing difficulties, sickness and unmotivated workers.
It is now estimated that the average home or office contains more than 60 environmental toxins that can negatively affect one’s health. The primary cause of these negative health effects is the loss of natural materials such as wood, glass, clay, metal and wool.
Thankfully, these negative health effects are reversible with something called biophilic design. Biophilic design seeks to connect our inherent need to affiliate with nature in the modern built environment. This approach embraces natural systems and materials in ways that are scientifically proven to decrease stress, increase productivity, enhance creativity and accelerate recovery.
As more people are striving to eat healthier, exercise regularly and surround themselves with natural materials, biophilic design is becoming the new standard for creating vibrant and healthy spaces in which to live, learn, work and play.
Playing a role in biophilic design is carpet that is made from natural wool fiber rather than synthetic fibers. By using natural wool from humanely treated and cared for sheep, carpet takes on a new role. Not just as a floor covering but as an enhancement for indoor living quality.
Wool carpet offers some great benefits including the following:
- Indoor Air Quality – Wool carpet is an efficient absorber of potentially harmful air pollutants.
- Noise Balancer – Wool carpet outperforms hard flooring in terms of its ability to suppress unwanted noise.
- Humidity Manager – Wool fiber has a hydrophobic (water repelling) exterior and hydrophilic (water loving) interior that gives it the ability to actively absorb and desorb moisture. It can also gain and release heat depending on the external and internal environment, helping to buffer the room against environmental changes.
- Fire Protection – Wool is naturally flame resistant. If it does burn, it produces much less smoke and toxic gases than other man-made fibers.
So, if you are searching for new carpet for your home or office, consider wool. It can provide a healthier living environment while helping you stay in touch with nature while indoors.
For more information on the benefits of wool carpet and to see our selection of brands and styles, please stop by our showroom in Hopkins or give us a call at 952-933-8944.