Wool Carpets

Quality Wool Carpets at V & A Carpets

Anabel Higgin
Anabel Higgin
2024-03-21
We bought wools carpets from V & A Carpets for our home and we couldn’t be happier. We had a few quotes from other indépendants and high street retailers, and shouldn’t have bothered. The prices were great, and the quality was even better. The estimator turned up in time, brought out loads of samples and helped us through the whole process and explained everything very clearly gave us great advice. Saving us carpet by incorporating the stairs and saving on wasted carpet. While they are based in Trowbridge they came to see us in Devizes. It was easy to pay and the carpets were down within two weeks. The fitters were also lovely and friendly, while doing a great job and riding up after themselves as they went along. Leaving us with the rooms all ready for us.
Katy Gray
Katy Gray
2020-11-30
I would highly recommend V&A Flooring to anyone looking for excellent quality carpets and excellent customer service. Alex & Vicky were so helpful with our selection and the fact we got to take samples home was brilliant and really helped with matching to our current flooring. Nothing was too much trouble . Thanks again for all your help :)
Jane D
Jane D
2020-11-20
The choosing and fitting of our new wooden floor was very easy from start to finish. Being able to bring home samples made our decision easier and we are delighted with the finished look. The fitter was very courteous, friendly, knowledgeable and left the room perfectly clean ready for us to move everything back in. However, we felt that communication with the manager/business could have been better. With the announcement of lockdown 2, it would have been nice to receive an courtesy email or call letting us know that the fitting was still going ahead (we had to phone them). Also, we were told the fitter would arrive between 8-9am on Monday morning but would receive an email on the Saturday afternoon confirming this. We never received an email. All in all, we would use them again as we were impressed with the quality of the product and above all, the professionalism of the fitter.
Kevin Lamb
Kevin Lamb
2019-08-28
Many thanks to V and A Flooring for a very friendly and professional service. From our first visit to the showroom through to carpet selection, measuring and final fitting, all aspects of the job went very well indeed and ran smoothly. We are delighted with the finished job. We wouldn’t hesitate to use them again and happily recommend their services. Vicky and Alex gave good advice and valued guidance at all times.
M Webster
M Webster
2019-06-06
Thank you for the advice when we started our search for a carpet for our daughter's bedroom. Shopping with children is always a challenge, and your thoughtfulness and patience helped us immensely. Lots of choice, great samples to take away and try in rooms. Great quality carpets, and competitively priced. Process from ordering to fitting was very straightforward and stress free. Fitters were great, very careful, friendly and did a fab job . We will definitely be in touch again when we carpet the rest of the house!
Ander Grimwood
Ander Grimwood
2019-06-05
Fantastic service, products and advice. Very happy with the end result, would highly recommend.
Julie Park
Julie Park
2019-03-09
We had excellent sales and fitting from this company and they did two bedrooms for us and we will certainly be having them again with their wide range of carpets and excellent fitters. Also they are a wonderful couple to work with and totally reliable.
Matthew Wilson
Matthew Wilson
2019-03-03
When we bought our new house with no flooring Vicky and Alex helped us do the whole place, really fast and stay within our budget. Great service guys, thanks
Wool carpets are warmer

Wool is warmer

Wool carpets not only help us keep warm and comfortable in winter, but it also contributes to energy saving as less heating (or cooling in summer) is required to maintain a comfortable indoor environment all year round.

Wool is a natural insulator. Heat is transmitted and consequently lost in three ways, conduction, convection and radiation. Wool fibres have inherently low thermal conductivity so they do not readily transfer heat along their length. Wool’s superior thermal insulation properties result from the fact that stationary air is an excellent insulator, whereas air in motion causes heat loss through convection. The natural crimp structure of the wool fibres not only traps millions of tiny pockets of air but also creates a bulky textile that effectively restricts the flow of air through the material and therefore heat loss through convection. The wool fibres also obstruct heat loss through radiation and since 60% of our body heat is lost through radiation, wall-to-wall carpet, by blocking radiation heat loss, helps to keep us warm and comfortable.

Around 10-20% of heat loss from buildings occurs through the floor. Wool carpets can help reduce energy costs for heating. Experiments in Japan using two identical model houses, one with wool carpet, and the other without, resulted in electricity savings of 8% – 13% depending on pile height and thickness. These savings were made without Underlay, which would further enhance the performance. Savings of up to 12% were also found for cooling under the same conditions.

Research at the University of Lees found that a wool-filled duvet helps regulate sleepers’ temperature more efficiently than gather, down or polyester fibre-based bedcovers and can control the microclimate around each body.

Wool is quieter

Wool is an excellent sound absorber and can reduce noise by up to 55%, creating a more relaxing environment. Due to the millions of wool fibres in textiles such as carpets, curtains and cushions, wool is one of the most effective materials for controlling noise indoors. The complex make-up enables it to absorb sound over a wide range of frequencies making it a popular material in shared spaces such as offices, libraries and hotels.

Wool is increasingly used in the workplace to create a healthier and more productive environment for employees. The excellent acoustic properties of wool will help project a clear sound through the room and absorb other noises that could be distracting – a real benefit in noisy environments as background noise can reduce concentration by over 80%.

Wool Carpet in particular improves room acoustics in that it acts as a sound absorber and dampens any noise impact in a room, such as footsteps, furniture movement and dropped objects. In contrast, a hard, flat flooring surface is more likely to actually generate impact noise and also act as a sound reflector which, in turn, intensifies the level of noise in the room.

Sound is transmitted by the vibration of air molecules. The porosity of the surface of carpets means that the sound waves can penetrate into the pile rather than being reflected back into the room as they would from a smooth surface.

Wool carpets are quieter

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Wool carpets have superior appearance retention

Wool Carpets Have Superior Appearance Retention

New Zealand Wool keeps textiles looking better for longer due to its inbuilt stain protection and naturally resilient crimp, allowing them to bounce back to their original shape.

Wool is naturally soil resistant. which means it releases soil up to 25% more readily than synthetic fibres. The finely waxed surface also helps keep dirt in the upper layer of the pile, where it is easily removed by vacuuming. This naturally occurring stain resistance means that textiles made from wool won’t diminish in appearance, unlike synthetic alternatives.

Each wool fibre is a molecular coiled spring. This natural elasticity makes wool textiles resistant to tearing. As wool can be stretched up to 50% when wet and 30% when dry but still bounce back to its original shape, wool has remarkable resistance to compression making it ideal for use in carpets and beds.

The flexibility of wool makes it more durable. Wool can be bent back on itself more than 20,000 times without breaking. In addition, the outer skin, or cuticle, gives wool textiles and carpets resistance to abrasion.

The surface of wool fibre is covered by a thin protective membrane that gives wool the ability to shed water. This prevents liquids from readily penetrating into the wool fibres.

Wool Carpet is Fire Safe

With wool, there is less chance of ignition, less likelihood of flames spreading and less smoke, which makes wool one of the safest materials for any living environment.

“The furnishings we surround ourselves with today pose a higher level of risk than in the past two decades, resulting in faster-developing fires and less time to escape. Synthetic materials produce hotter fires and more toxic smoke than natural furnishings.” – US National Fire Protection Association.

Research in New Zealand compared the performance of 100% wool and 100% nylon carpets of identical construction, together with a similar one with a 100% polypropylene pile. Compared to the wool carpet, smoke levels were around 10x higher for the nylon carpet and 80x higher for the polypropylene.

Many synthetic polymers contain nitrogen or halogens, resulting in the release of hydrogen cyanide and inorganic acids in fire smoke as additional toxic threats. Although wool does contain nitrogen, because of its low level of fire involvement prior to flashover, considerably lower non-lethal levels of hydrogen cyanide are produced.

Wool and wool blend carpets have a higher critical radiant flux than synthetic materials, resulting in a slower burn rate and even possibly distinguishing flames completely.

Wool carpets are fire safe
Wool Carpets are Allergy and Asthma safe.
Wool Carpets are Allergy & Asthma Safe.

You can breathe easily thanks to wool’s natural air filtering capabilities, trapping allergens like dust and pollen.

There are many health benefits found from including wool fibres within our living environments. As well as being warm and comfortable, wool carpets effectively trap dust and allergens preventing them from irritating the respiratory system by keeping them out of the breathing zone. Especially beneficial for allergy sufferers, wool fibres are too large to be inhaled so are unlikely to cause sneezing or other unpleasant allergic reactions.

Childhood asthma increased by 300% when carpets were removed from Swedish homes and schools. Previously, there was a considered debate in Sweden, with claims that carpets were the source of harmful contaminants that were resulting in allergic reactions. As a result, Swedish consumers and public building officials severely reduced their use of carpets. However, in 1996, professors Shishoo and Borjesson, of the Swedish institute for fibre polymer research, pointed out that while carpets had dropped from the market share of 40% in the mid-1970s to only 2% in 1992, the occurrence of allergic reactions and other environment sensitivity in the general Swedish population had actually been increasing. Of popular note, since carpets were not recommended for schools, was the fact that the prevalence of childhood asthma had trebled over the same period.

Polluted indoor air can lead to discomfort, reduced efficiency and even ill health among employees and residents. Wool Carpet has been shown to rapidly neutralise formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide, common contaminants in today’s indoor environment. Not only does wool neutralise these contaminants more quickly and completely than synthetic fibres, but it also does not re-emit them, even when heated. Wool carpets may continue purifying the air for up to 30 years.

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Wool Carpet

Wool & Wool Blend Carpets

Wool carpets are a popular and traditional choice, and for good reason too! These carpets provide an aesthetically pleasing finish, as well as the natural properties of the fibers, make them extremely durable and robust.

The robustness and elasticity mean Wool Carpets are particularly resistant to the effects of flattening. Wool blend carpets are another popular choice, which comes in 80/20 and 50/50 Wool mixes, combining all the amazing qualities of a wool carpet with the stain-resistant qualities of man-made carpets.

Wool carpets have a natural, soft and luxurious feel. The long-lasting beauty and superior characteristics of wool carpets will enhance your home for many years to come. The advancements some manufacturers have made with the backing of the carpets, have made wool carpets softer to the touch and helped avoid creasing in the carpet. Where wool carpets sometimes had a firmer and courser feel to them, the new enviro backing from some manufacturers has changed that dramatically.

Wool Carpets are shorn from sheep which makes them completely natural. In soil, wool readily biodegrades to produce nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water, which are all plant nutrients. These carpets clean better, making stain protection unnecessary. The fibre’s structure consists of overlapping scales, arranged much like roof shingles. These scales inhibit dirt from adhering to the fibre and help fleck it away. It has significantly better soil release than any other fibre. The wool fibre is naturally curly, and it has more crush resistance than any other fibre. Wool carpet fibres recover better from crushing than any other carpet fibres and their natural properties help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.

Environmentally sound, it is produced from a totally renewable resource, that is shorn from Sheep every 9 – 12 months.
Wool carpets are naturally flame retardant because of their high protein content. If ignited, wool only burns weakly, limiting the spread of the flame. They also naturally improve the indoor air quality of your home. It stabilizes relative humidity by absorbing or releasing moisture during periods of high or low atmospheric humidity. If well maintained, it absorbs and neutralises airborne particles and fumes.
Wool has been used in carpets for centuries. Its unique natural properties have seen it stand the test of time as the premier flooring fiber.

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Wool Carpet FAQ’s
Why are wool carpets best?

Wool carpets are warmer, quieter and have superior appearance retention than synthetic carpets which provide a financial gain in terms of saving heat as well as peace of mind with longevity and durability.

Wool carpets can last up to 30 years.

Wool Carpets are fire safe as well as have a great allergy and asthma-safe qualities.

They truly are the best quality carpets and have been so for many many years.

How long do wool carpets last?

This can vary between the different strengths, ounces or thread count per square inch. 

The size of the family and how busy the household is would depend on how long it would last.

The average wool carpet would last between 20 to 30 years taking these factors into consideration.

Wha are the disadvantages of wool carpets?
Do Wool Carpets flatten?

While wool carpets do flatten, there are some important points to take into consideration. 

Wool carpets will last up to twice as long as synthetic carpets if looked after properly. While they will flatten, they hold up much better to flattening that other carpets. The natural element of wool carpets ensure that the fibres bounce back much faster as also do so for much longer than synthtic carpets. 

So, while wool carpets do, eventually flatten, they are the carpet of choice if you are worried about flattening.

Is Wool carpet hard to maintain?

Wool carpets are made from natural fibres, so they do require some maintenance. But fear not, unless you fear the hoover, the maintenance is minimal. 

The majority of the maintenance will be hoovering regulalry. While the hoover will be filled up somewhat alarmingly in the first few weeks of owning the carpet, this will subside in time but natural fibred carpet will continue to shed. The other form of maintenance will come when the carpet in at some point stained. remember to blot and not rub with wool carpets. The shedding of the wool will now become your friend when the carpet is stained. With time, the stain effectively dissipates over time due to the shedding itself.

Do Wool Carpets make the room warmer?

Wool not only helps us keep warm and comfortable in winter, but it also contributes to energy saving as less heating (or cooling in summer) is required to maintain a comfortable indoor environment all year round.

Wool is a natural insulator. Heat is transmitted and consequently lost in three ways, conduction, convection and radiation. Wool fibres have inherently low thermal conductivity so they do not readily transfer heat along their length.

Around 10-20% of heat loss from buildings occurs through the floor. Wool carpets can help reduce energy costs for heating. Experiments in Japan using two identical model houses, one with wool carpet, and the other without, resulted in electricity savings of 8% – 13% depending on pile height and thickness. These savings were made without Underlay, which would further enhance the performance. Savings of up to 12% were also found for cooling under the same conditions.

How do you vacuum a 100% wool carpet?

The important thing to remember about how to look after a 100% wool carpets in terms of hoovering, is to avoid an upright hoover with a beater bar. Wool loop carpets, which are the normally always 100% wool carpets, only require that the loose debris are to be collected. Any brushing on the fibres would be detremental to the carpet due to its looped construction. A henry style hoover is the best option or a hoover where you can turn the beater bar off.

The Cons of Wool Carpets
Is 80 20 a good carpet?
Do Wool Carpets need an Underlay?

Yes, all carpets require an underlay to last a decent amount of time. Even carpets with a soft backing. While these are able to be fitted without an underlay, these won’t last any lengthy amount of time and are actually meant to be fitted with an underlay. The backing on stronger carpets (or almost all carpets) is made of jute or action-backed backing, and won’t last more than 6 months if not fitted with an underlay. The underlay acts as a cushion, as well as its insulation properties, that reduce the friction on the backing of the carpets which allows them to last for many years. The better the underlay, the longer your carpet will last.

What is the age lifespan of a wool carpet?
What is the best carpet to buy for high traffic areas?
Wool Carpets last longer?

Yes, Wool carpets do last longer. In fact, wool carpets last twice as long as synthetic carpets.

Wool carpets, on average with different factors to be considered, last between 20-35 years.

Why buy wool carpets over man made carpets?

Yes, we have numerous amounts of sampling to bring to your home to help you make a decision.

While we have many samples to choose from, sadly, we cannot bring all the samples with us to your home. Our experienced staff can help you narrow it down over the phone or by letting us know your requirements or what you are looking for from your carpet. Are you looking for something soft and comfortable, hardwearing, durable or something unique with a style or pattern to it? We can then bring a selection which meets your needs to help you make the right choice.

This also allows us to measure the areas for you and give you an accurate quote at the same time.

Please contact us to book an in-store appointment or a free home measure, or you can book one online via our website out of hours.

What carpet is best for stairs?

When deciding on carpets for stairs, there is a lot to take into consideration. 

Ideally, the best carpet for stairs would be a very dense, short pile carpet. This would allow the carpet to look better for longer on your stairs. The short, dense bristles allow then to stay upright for as long as possible to delay flattening of the carpet. 

A tightly looped carpet is also very good for stairs, this is less likely to flatten and look better for longer. It isn’t advisable to choose these if you have cats in the home. Looped pile carpets tend to offer some resistant for cats which promotes clawing at the carpet. 

While long piled carpets are more comfortable and luxurious underfoot they will flatten sooner than other carpets on the stairs. 

This is a risk you will knowing need to decide on when deciding on the stair carpet, either comfort or durability?

Underlay also plays a very important part in looking after your stair carpet.

What carpet pile is best?

Choosing the correct pile is very important, this will depend on your requirements from the carpet.

Wool carpet tends to keep its shape for longer, with the twist pile bouncing back quickly as it’s a natural fibre.

Short pile carpet is less luxurious but looks better for longer as the shorter pile has less to flatten. 

Longer pile carpets feel softer and luxurious, which allow you to feel the comfort and the pile getting between your toes. While the comfort levels can be very high, these tend to flatten quicker and less likely to retain their original shape because of the long pile. 

To conclude:

Generally, the shorter and tighter pile is better as you can retain the softer feeling with a better or softer underlay while still retaining the appearance of the pile for longer.

Which carpet underlay is best?

Carpet underlay is a fundamental part of buying a new carpet. It’s important that you do some research before replacing your carpet, making sure that you choose the right carpet underlay for each room in your home.

Often when we are choosing a new carpet, we focus on buying a beautifully soft carpet that feels really luxurious and soft, only to be disappointed a couple of years later when the carpet feels really hard and flattened. While this is partly because of the type of carpet, underlay also plays a big part in the feel of your carpet. This plays an even larger part over time.

It’s definitely recommended to buy new underlay when you replace your carpet, rather than using the existing underlay. The best type of carpet underlay will provide thermal insulation, reduce noise, make the carpet feel softer underfoot and will help the carpet last longer as it acts as a shock absorber.

In short, we highly recommend the new blown rubber underlay. It’s recycled, recyclable and has great heat retention. It keeps its original shape for longer whereas PU (foam) underlays tend to flatten over time.

When choosing a PU underlay its very important to select one that is very dense and doesn’t give way very easily. While this will portray the effect of being softer now, it will give way very quickly and won’t look after your carpet as well in the years to come. 

 

What carpets are easy to clean?

Man-made carpets are essentially made to be softer than the traditional wool carpets as well as being easier to clean for today’s modern and busy households. 

Carpets that are made out of polypropylene, can easily be cleaned by using a 20% bleach solution on any marks or stains. This makes polypropylene carpets the easiest carpets to clean, as with the bleach solution you can get almost all if not all stains out if treated properly and quickly. 

Polymide mix carpets make for amazingly soft and luxurious carpets and make them easy to clean and maintain. sadly they don’t retain their shape over time and use due to their soft nature. Unfortunately, these can not be clean with a bleach solution.

Wool carpets have been dyed and lose their colouring when cleaned profusely. Wool carpets can be cleaned, but not by using chemicals. While wool is harder to clean when having big spills, it is however a natural product that sheds over time. Thus, you might find when staining or marking your wool carpet, they lighten or even disappear over time as the pile sheds (6-12months). Thus almost cleaning itself.

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