Differences Between Wool and Silk Rugs

Wool and Silk rugs differ in many ways!

First off, cost for each rug can vary. Wool rugs tend be more affordable, however, you get what you pay for with a rug.

You can find a wool rug for a couple hundred dollars, and even close to the thousand-dollar range. While the expensive side of these rugs can be intimidating, wool rugs are generally more affordable.

Silk rugs are more expensive due to material. Silk rugs can come in the form of 100% silk, or a blend of wool and silk. What makes these rugs so expensive and sought after is the mark of excellent craftsmanship; usually, there are more knots per square inch on these rugs.

Historically, royalty would seek out silk rugs, which is another reason they have arrived at such a hefty price tag.

Another difference between silk and wool rugs is the material each is made of! Wool is the most common material for wool rugs. It is easily sourced and comes from sheep, which doesn’t harm the sheep either. The sheep’s climate and diet affect the quality of the wool as well.

Silk is produced by insects, and it often takes a lot of silk to make something of substantial size. Therefore, silk tends be more expensive, as it is not easily harvested and replenished.

When it comes to durability, a wool rug will last you longer in your home and under foot. Silk has more of a visual appeal, and won’t hold up as well under frequent foot traffic. You are better off hanging the silk rug and leaving the wool one in your doorways!