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The topic of synthetic vs wool carpet has been hotly debated over the years. Unfortunately the answer to this great debate is still a rather ambiguous one….it really does depend! Both are great options and your choice will be determined by a variety of factors, including personal preference, budget and how your family live. To help you decide on what’s right for you, our flooring experts have put together everything you need to know about synthetic and wool carpet.

Why choose wool carpet?

Wool carpet has long been a favourite for kiwi homes. Described as “Nature’s Miracle Fibre” it has many benefits including being 100% sustainable, non-allergenic, stain resistant and fire resistant to name a few. Here are just some of the reasons to choose a wool carpet.

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Bremworth Collection Champs Elysses Carpet

Texture

Texture is an important part of any interior scheme and no other flooring does texture like wool carpet! There are plenty of options when it comes to wool too – from a chunky wool loop pile carpet such as the Bremworth Collection Katachi Carpet to a luxurious soft “curl your toes” into carpet such as the Bremworth Collection Champs Elysses Carpet.

Naturally resilient to stains

Wool carpet is naturally resistant to stains. Think about how sheep manage to stay white on muddy farms; it all comes down to a thin protective coating bonded to the surface of the fibres. This makes wool carpet easy to clean and maintain…naturally.

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Bremworth Collection Galet Carpet

Fire Resistant

Wool carpet is naturally resistant to fire. It is hard to ignite and slow to burn. Unlike synthetic carpets, wool won’t melt when exposed to extreme temperatures such as a hot iron or a burning log from a wood fire.

100% sustainable

Wool is a renewable fibre that is 100% natural and biodegradable. By choosing wool you can feel confident that you are making a sustainable choice that’s good for the environment.

Warm in winter, cool in summer

Wool carpet is known for its unique ability to “breath”. When humidity levels are high, it helps to regulate the temperature and humidity levels by absorbing moisture and releasing it back into the air when it is dry. It also has great thermal insulation properties and will help keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer.

Naturally non-allergenic

Wool carpet is a great option for allergy sufferers. It filters and absorbs toxins that can cause irritation and prevents them from being released back into the air.

Noise Insulation

Wool carpet is perfect for busy homes as it acts a good noise insulator. It absorbs sound for a more peaceful home.


Why Choose Synthetic Carpet?

There are many different types of synthetic carpets available on the market – from affordable polyester carpets to top range solution dyed nylons and the famous SmartStrand carpet. Synthetic carpets offer a great solution for all budgets with some practical, worry free benefits…

Superior fade resistance

New technologies in synthetic carpets are certainly paving the way when it comes to durability. One example is solution dyed nylon. With solution dyed nylon carpets, the dye penetrates throughout the entire fibre rather than coating the outside. This gives it fantastic colourfastness and means that it will resist fading for longer than other types of fibres.

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Robert Malcolm Cashmere 4 Metre Wide Carpet

Superior stain resistance

Many synthetic carpets offer greater protection against stains. The “Rhino” carpet also known as SmartStrand is characterised by its Nanoloc spill protection, where ultra-fine nano particles bond together on a molecular level. This creates a superior stain resistant shield that never loses its stain resistance.

Great for pets and kids

Solution dyed nylon and SmartStrand are great options for young families with kids or pets. These type of carpets allow for worry-free living – whatever life throws at it!

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SmartStrand Calhoun Carpet

Softness without the sacrifice

No longer is luxurious softness underfoot reserved for wool carpets. Technological advancements have transformed the look and feel of many synthetic carpets. For example, the Cavalier Bremworth Valour Luxe Carpet has an incredible level of softness while still retaining all the practical benefits of solution dyed nylon.

A range to suit all budgets

Synthetic carpets come in a wide range of price points for any budget. Polyester carpets offer luxurious comfort at a great price however bear in mind that they will not have the same appearance retention over time as a solution dyed nylon or wool carpet.


A few factors come into play when deciding between synthetic and wool carpet. Ultimately though, it comes down how your family live and what’s important to you. If you would like more help deciding on what is best for you, visit our flooring experts in store in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wanaka or book a free measure & quote online now.

Did you know that our End of Season Sale continues for our flooring department until the 21st of October 2018? We have some incredible deals on offer, including up to $120 per broadloom metre off a great range of wool and solution dyed nylon carpet!

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