Wool Rugs Vs. Polypropylene Rugs: What Makes Sense for Your Space?

When it comes to choosing a rug for your home, you may have already settled on a certain size, shape, and color. But have you considered the rug’s composition? Wool and polypropylene are two main types of carpets homeowners can opt for. To understand the benefits and possible setbacks of each, read on.

Wool, the Natural Fiber

Because wool is a natural fiber, it has certain advantages over polypropylene. Wool is naturally resistant to bacteria and odors—you’ll know this if you’ve ever had a wool sweater. It bounces back quickly, even after sitting under heavy furniture, and it is naturally flame retardant—no need for chemicals. Not to mention, wool can withstand a lot of wear and tear, often lasting for decades before replacement is needed. Wool can also absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture, for a naturally dehumidifying effect in your home.

Family-Friendly Polypropylene

Polypropylene rugs are a favorite among homeowners with small children because of its easy-to-clean properties. This material has been chemically treated to resist stains, retains its colors well (you won’t have to worry about spaces in front of the window becoming faded), and can be more affordable than wool carpeting. Because it’s a synthetic fiber, it’s unlikely to be damaged by common cleaning solutions.

Which Should You Choose?

If you can afford it, a wool rug tends to be a better investment piece. Not only does it last longer—a polypropylene carpet in a heavily trafficked area might need to be replaced after five years—but it has many of the properties homeowners look for in carpets. Thanks to the natural spiral shape of the wool fibers, wool rugs don’t matte easily, retaining their shape better than synthetic fibers.

This isn’t to say that polypropylene is a bad choice, though. It can be great for family areas that simply need a stain-resistant, affordable rug. Because wool is a natural fiber, it also has the potential to attract beetle larvae—a problem you won’t need to deal with when you own a polypropylene rug. Check out our inventory here! 

The rug experts at Persia Oriental Rug can help you decide which rug would be the right fit for your home. Give them a call today at 508-753-4667 to find out more.